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First HTPC ~$700 Build (help wanted)

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Hi,

Looking to build my first HTPC to connect to a Samsung 50+" 1080p LED TV and an entry level Yamaha AV receiver.

Usage:
dvd-rips/blueray rips/DVDs/streams/bluerays/HDDVDs
FLAC/ALAC/mp3/CDs
some internet browsing
games? probably not... but who knows
no intense applications will run here for sure

Interested Components so far:
CPU: AMD A8 3850 APU - 2.9GHz, 4M L2, FM1 Socket, 100W [$140]
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H SATA 6.0Gbs, USB3.0, HDMI [$85]
RAM: Patriot Viper 2 Ed DDR3, 4GB(2x2), 1600MHz, 8-9-8-24, 1.65v [$45]
HDD: [$45]
GPU: -
PSU: [$~50]
CASE: [$~100]
OPTICAL: [$~100]
TV TUNER: -
REMOTE: [$]
KEYBOARD: [$]
MOUSE: [$]

So far total comes close to $600CAD. I might add a TV Tuner next spring, and end up getting lots of drives for RAID. Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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Ok. Let's see if I can force you to accept my two cents.

First off, what OS do you plan on throwing on this rig? XBMC?

Im no expert.. But if all you're doing is media playback, whether it's dvd or fullblown 1080, I really don't think you need to be spending that much on your cpu/mobo.. I bought an ASRock 880G mobo and an Athlon X2 255 3.1 gig cpu and I have NEVER had any problems with my bluray playback. I even have some emulators that I play from time to time.

RAM is good. 4 gigs of some nice cheap DDR3 RAM is great. That looks good.

Get yourself something small for the OS, but somewhat fast. $45 seems like a good budget for that, unless you want to do SSD. While I am talking about HDDs, I would recommend building a small(ish) case for your HTPC. Something that will look good under your tv. That way, you can build yourself a cheap file server from a hand me down computer. That's what I did. It's nice cause I can just pull whatever movie off of my server, onto my HTPC, and it works just as good as if I have the HDDs in my htpc, with the added convenience of being able to do other stuff as well!

PSU, the budget sounds good. I ended up with this and it works great!

Case. 100 bucks budgeted? You should be set! This is what I have. It's fairly small, room for two fullsize hdds, or three if you don't have an optical drive plus an additional 2.5". Of course, cases are all about preference. I wanted something that looked like it belonged under a TV and that would fit with the look of my bluray player and receiver.

I don't have optical drive in my case because I have a bluray player and 99% of my movies are burned onto my HTPC. Idk what you are going to do if you're serious about HDDVD.. I don't think newegg still sells optical drives that do hddvd. I know I got one that did both bluray and hddvd and I am so happy I did, cause now I can rip hddvds and those things are dirt cheap.

Remote depends. I know there are cases that come with their own IR/remote and those seem nice and convenient. I just use an old HP remote that I got hand me down from my parents since they never used it.

As for keyboard/mouse, I LOVE mine:

. I rarely use it, because I use my remote for almost everything, but keyboards are needed from time to time.. Especially if I'm going to be browsing Youtube at parties or something. Oh and the price is right.

And now to leave you a link to some pics of the inside of my case, and its full specs.


And of course good luck, and enjoy! Building an HTPC was one of the smartest moves I've made. And my wife loves it.


EDIT: Oh and in case you were curious, I built the entire system minus HDDs and OS for $258USD from newegg with mobo and RAM open box.
Edited by raiderxx - 8/18/11 at 8:01pm
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Big Blue
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Bedroom HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 2500k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Diamond 6950 EVGA GTX 275 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ASUS 21" & LG 20" Razer Lycosa SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W 
CaseMouse
Silverstone FT02 Razer Mamba 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 880GMH/USB3.0 Wintec DDR3 4GB Intel X25-M 80 GB 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 with XBMC Iogear wireless keyboard/mouse GKM561R Antec EarthWatts Green 380D Silverstone MLO3B 
MotherboardRAMHard DriveOS
GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 Samsung 1x4GB 2 gig USB OpenElec XBMC 
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