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This HTPC build will be used for simple web browsing and streaming ESPN3 sports feeds on a large HDTV via HDMI. Have a look at the components and tell me if I could spend less or have less power consumption:



The OS will probably be some version of Linux Mint, connected via wireless internet. Please let me know if wireless isn't a good idea with this setup. Also, could this build be more simple, yet effective? I'm going for a zippy, low power consumption HTPC/internet browsing build.
    
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Seems good man but you don't need 8gb for a HTPC, get 4gb or even 2gb is fine. Less power consumption and saves u money. Wireless is fine as long as your router is decently fast enough. I recommend getting a wireless N router and this wireless N adapter, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-045-_-Product
Edited by T3chAdd1ct - 5/14/11 at 12:22am
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post #3 of 23
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Seems good man but you don't need 8gb for a HTPC, get 4gb or even 2gb is fine. Less power consumption and saves u money. Wireless is fine as long as your router is decently fast enough. I recommend getting a wireless N router and this wireless N adapter, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-045-_-Product
Thanks for the suggestion on the antenna, T3ch. I already have a home network wireless router that is connected to the cable internet via cable. Will this wireless adapter be able to pick up the wireless signal from a router of a different company? Thanks.
Edited by UrbanSmooth - 5/14/11 at 3:58pm
    
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post #4 of 23
I second the RAM... 8GB is so far overkill that it isn't even funny.

In theory wireless adapter brands are interchangeable as long as they properly follow the standards. In theory.

For just web browsing and streaming internet video, you can probably get by with a Zacate board. Can save you up to $80.
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post #5 of 23
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I second the RAM... 8GB is so far overkill that it isn't even funny.

In theory wireless adapter brands are interchangeable as long as they properly follow the standards. In theory.

For just web browsing and streaming internet video, you can probably get by with a Zacate board. Can save you up to $80.
Recommendations, ole boy?
    
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post #6 of 23
This Zacate boards has HDMI and is cheap.

This Zacate board saves less money, but it is passively cooled for less noise, plus comes with WiFi and Bluetooth built in, so you save on those (at least WiFi).
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post #7 of 23
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This Zacate boards has HDMI and is cheap.

This Zacate board saves less money, but it is passively cooled for less noise, plus comes with WiFi and Bluetooth built in, so you save on those (at least WiFi).
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What are you planning for the case?
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What are you planning for the case?
Sugo SG05BB-450.
    
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post #10 of 23
Why put that tiny quiet system into a gaming case with that big of a PSU?

Wouldn't a M350 and pico PSU make more sense?
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