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So i was thinking of building an HTPC. The comcast box is terribad, so i feel the need for something better. I have a budget of about $500ish, NOT including the Ceton Tuner card., so $800 total if you include the price of the card. I have a 1080i television (i think, whatever it is, it displays 1080 pixels). I would like to be able to play some games. I don't have a whole ton of digital media, most of it is on DVDs or BluRay disks, although I may get into some of that later.

I was thinking something like this:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=20576967

-Chose the Z68 board so that the dedicated GPU can switch off when not being used.
-I like ATi Cards, and i will be using HDMI for sound and video.
-Forgot Blu-ray drive in the pic, but I will need that so like $75 more

Thoughts?
Edited by reflex99 - 6/20/11 at 1:39am
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Looks like a good, solid build. Is that the highest you can go on the case, or do you have a preference?
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case doesn't really matter, it just needs to keep cats out.

It will be stuffed away in a cabinet anyways, so no one will see it
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post #4 of 12
Looks good to me. If my htpc (in sig) plays br and everthing else then this build will too. I don't game on my htpc, I have rigs for that.

Anyhow, looking good
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im building one soon, just had the satellite installed as its replacing my Virgin TV package so will be recording, id say if you plan on recording get bigger drives.

I have 2x2TB and will have them in RAID1
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If your using HDMI out on the GPU wouldn't it always be on? Which would make the Z68 pointless?
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Check this case out. I know it is Amazon, but NewEgg is $100+Tax (maybe) + $20 to ship.
If you are a prime it's $90+Tax(maybe) + free 2-day shipping.

I want to buy it myself.
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Originally Posted by Mako0312 View Post
If your using HDMI out on the GPU wouldn't it always be on? Which would make the Z68 pointless?
poorly worded that was.

I will be useing the hdmi off the board

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Originally Posted by Mako0312 View Post
Amazon.com: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black): Electronics

Check this case out. I know it is Amazon, but NewEgg is $100+Tax (maybe) + $20 to ship.
If you are a prime it's $90+Tax(maybe) + free 2-day shipping.

I want to buy it myself.
interesting
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post #10 of 12
Here's what I'm currently using to try, and make this HTPC I'm working on a little bit cheaper.

How to find great deals
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