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Thinking about making my first htpc out of spare parts. Help appreciated!

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Hey folks, like the title says I recently upgrade my main desktop and now have some spare parts laying around. I was thinking about making a HTPC/media server hybrid out of it and would love some help.

Here are the spare parts I would be using for the build

Motherboard

CPU

To complete the build these are the parts I have selected so far

Case

PSU

HDD

The only things I am having trouble on picking out is ram and a GPU. So I would love to hear some opinions on where to go with this. For a GPU, I am just looking for one that is the go to for a htpc. Nvidia preferably since I will most likely be using linux for an OS.

Also, the HDD I listed above will be used as storage as this will be a server for me as well. If there is a better cheaper option out there I would love to be pointed in that direction.

Does this build look like it will be a good option for a htpc/media server? Thanks!
Edited by hockeyfighter09 - 7/23/11 at 6:24pm
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For a HTPC i would get a GT440

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127571

And some Cheap RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307
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That mobo should be able to handle full HD with just it's onboard video. If I were you, I would hold off buying the GPU until you are certain you need it. I might be wrong though. Good luck on the build!
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That mobo should be able to handle full HD with just it's onboard video. If I were you, I would hold off buying the GPU until you are certain you need it. I might be wrong though. Good luck on the build!

Hmm, I actually didn't think about that. I think I might just try it out to see if I actually need a GPU. Thanks for the tip!
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