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I'm looking to build a decent HTPC. I don't need a multi million dollar machine with liquid nitrogen cooling and R2D2 intelligence but I would like it to have a remote and the ability to hook up to my 7.1 surround sound system and possibly a case with a LCD display?

I don't care so much about the brand names so long as the mobo isn't a Biostar or some other cheap knockoff. I have a set number of brands that I do like but I'm open to anything at this point.

I also don't care if it's Linux or Windows either but I do need a decent HTPC software that my wife can understand. I had a hard enough time explaining how to use the universal remote with color coded buttons. I don't want to have to explain how to run command lines or linux kernal compiliations as it would be the death of me

This will be my first HTPC attempt so any advice is welcome at this point as all I've ever built is gaming rigs and I obviously or at least I don't think i need a Radeon 6990 or GTX 580 for this endeavor. I should also mention that I do not need to be able to play games on this machine. It's going to be purely for movies/music. Thanks in advance. Peace.
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Budget?
7.1 sound via optical?
Do you want the very very best possible image quality or close enough?

Just so you know... a case with an LCD display will probably cost more than the entire PC.
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Yes I am running optical for the sound at the moment. I suppose I could do HDMI if need be... I hadn't thought of that... thanks for pointing that out.

The image quality doens't need to be 2160P I'm happy with 1080P. Best performance for best price is essentially what I want I'm a typical middle class individual.

If the LCD on the box is going to cost a forutne then it's nothing that I need is it

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Budget?
7.1 sound via optical?
Do you want the very very best possible image quality or close enough?

Just so you know... a case with an LCD display will probably cost more than the entire PC.
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Right now, the best choice for an HTPC is an AMD APU. Just buy the cheapest one with that has the HD 6550 or the HD 6530 and then add a quality motherboard (MSI, Asus, AsRock, Gigabyte, etc.) and 4GB of quality RAM and you're good to go. For the PSU, you may wan't to go overkill so that the fan barely spins or a completely passive one if it fits your budget. For the cooler get a noctua cooler, these things make next to no noise. For the case, any good HTPC case. Lian-Li probably makes the sexiest and best ones but quality has a price.

Good luck!
Edited by Snowmen - 7/25/11 at 10:13am
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Awesome! Ok I'm going to throw togeather a build and then I will post it back up on here. Is it best to go with integrated audio or to get something like an azuntec or audigy system?
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Awesome! Ok I'm going to throw togeather a build and then I will post it back up on here. Is it best to go with integrated audio or to get something like an azuntec or audigy system?
If you're going to use digital/optical audio, no need for sound card as long as the motherboard supports 7.1 digital out.

Check explicitly if the system supports 7.1 digital out though. I know older AMD chipsets could only do 2.1 digital out.
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What about the actual MPC application? I use Subsonic for my remote access... what about for the acutal HTPC itself? Linux or Windows?
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i just built 4 office pcs on budget. Can surely be used as htpc. The case is amazing - very small. This is tue shopping cart, addition to this list were slim cdroms i bought off ebay. All in all £750 (~$1000) for 4 builds.

8 x 1GB Kingston (1x1GB) PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Single Channel Memory Module [KVR1333D3N9/1G] *@ 7.25GBP
4 x 250GB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500JS 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive - Clean Pull *@ 20.99GBP
4 x Compucase Mini ITX Case - With 120W PSU and Front panel USB2.0 HD Audio @ 45.95GBP
4 x MSI E350IA-E45 (AMD Hudson M1) Mini-ITX DDR3 Motherboard *@ 89.99GBP
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