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I would like to build an HTPC with 3D bluray playback for cheap!

Attached is a shopping cart/wish list of hardware that I would like to use. I currently have an extra SSD and I don't plan on having an HDD until prices go down and I make a NAS box. I don't plan on storing media other than the music I already have on my computer, which I plan on streaming over the home network, until I make the NAS box.

Some may ask how I plan on playing 3D bluray without a graphics card. Thankfully, the H67 chipsets coupled with the i3-2100t will allow me to play 3D media. The H67 chipset allows for loss-less audio via HDMI while the i3-2100T is capable of playing 3D video while only consuming a minuscule 35W of power; making this chip an HTPC dream!!!

The two largest sources of heat (cpu and gpu) are not an issue with this chip!!

I plan on using the HDMI output from the motherboard to send the video/audio signal into my receiver then the tv/floorstanding speakers.

I plan on pairing this system with Win7 Home Premium and Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 Ultimate:

http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/overview_en_US.html?&r=1

In the future I would like to add a HD tv tuner card. I was thinking about the Ceton InfiniTV 4.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815706001&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Video+Devices+++TV+Tuners-_-Ceton-_-15706001

But it is expensive and I am not sure how easy it is to acquire a Cable card from the providers. Or what I have to pay in terms of service to use one.

If anyone has information to help or better suggestions for a tv tuner card that would allow me to access HD channels, that would be appreciated.

Any suggestions to better this HTPC setup, it would be much appreciated!!biggrin.gif:D

-Chris
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The TV card is top of the line - let me just make that clear.
According to FCC law they are required to provide you with a cable card to install yourself (thus bypassing installation fees), just go read the Amazon reviews. It is covered in detail there. thumb.gif
Regarding the build, all is good, just go for a Silverstone GD05. Epic case. smile.gif
Build looks great other than that. Enjoy.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-2500k 4.4GHz Asus P8P67 Pro 3.1 HIS HD 7870 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650V2 Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries 4HD 
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Audinst HUD-mx1 Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 Ω Recabled M-Audio AV40 
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I have seen a lot of people saying AMD has the advantage for HTPCs. Is there a better option for 3D playback with AMD chip and board that is low power?
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yes its true amd cpu video is better then intel's. if it was me i would use a video card for 3d like a gt430 or ati 5570.
im thinking of building a new one i know the intel cpu run cool 1155 not sure about the new amd cpu's.
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