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HTPC Build from soon to be old parts

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I'm going to upgrade my pc and I want to make an HTPC out of the retired parts. It will be primarily for watching TV/DVD's/BluRay's plus HD movies off the hdd.

Parts

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e8400
Heatsink: Coolermaster Height 65mm without fan, 87.7 mm with fan. Still have the stock heatsink too.
Motherboard: Asus P5QPro (Full ATX)
GPU: ATI Radeon 4850
RAM: Kingston 4Gb DDR2
PSU: Corsair 450W

Case: ? Thinking a Lian Li or Antec. I was almost set on this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112228

But the cheapest I can find it in Australia is $210, which is more than I want to pay for a case. But it's still an option.
TV Tuner: ?
Remote/IR Receiver: ? (Or will this come with the TV Tuner?)
Software: ?
HDD: I'm thinking a SSD for the OS? And a WD 2TB Caviar Green for storage of media files.
Soundcard: Do I need one? I want to plug it into an amplifier. Do sound cards have red-white outs?

I'm wondering if I should get a micro atx with onboard graphics so I can fit it in a smaller case and keep it cooler/quieter? Would it need to have hdmi out or would that be through the Tv Tuner card? How good are onboard graphics?

Also a question about micro boards, for my new gaming rig what would be the downsides of getting a micro atx instead a full atx? I don't use crossfire/SLI (too expensive for me). It's going to have 1x GPU and 1x Wireless adapter. This is so next time I upgrade I could migrate the whole system into an HTPC if I go with a micro atx HTPC case.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
post #2 of 3
For GPU stick with HD4850. You can use onboard graphics but they may not be powerful enough to handle Bluray. If you want to keep it cooler sell your HD4850 and get HD6450 or HD5570.

For TV tuner
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=15343
OR if budget is not a concerned,
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...oducts_id=6793

Some TV tuners come with remote, although it is typically best to a separate remote.

Downside of mATX is lack of expansion slot, that's all.
Misaka
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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The only other disadvantage is if you do not have 2x PCI-e x16 slots and your TV tuner card (PCI-x) is immediately underneath the x16 slot. You won't have any slots for most tuner cards.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4x WD 750GB (Raid 0+1) LG lightscribe Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Acer AL2216W x2 
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Microsoft ergonomics Corsair 750w Antec 902 Logitech MX815 
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