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Do you plan on watching Netflix at all? Or is this just for streaming your own content from one source to another?

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Originally Posted by Dad2David View Post

Sorry about the delay, Thanks for the IM!
Here is what I would build based on the Core i3 - 2100T with $600:
CPU: Core i3-2100T - $135
MoBo: ASRock Z68M/USB3 - $85 (get Shoprunner 30 day trial for free shipping)
You don't need a Z68 for an HTPC but it is better to have than an H61, if your budget allows it! But if you don't want to you can always pick a H61 or H67 board for around $30 less!
SSD: Patriot Pyro 2.5" 60GB - $81.
60 GB is enough for a boot drive, that is what this is going to be! However, I highly recommend doing this - How to Create User Accounts on another Partition or Disk During Windows 7 Installation. I have done this, and it provides you peace of mind and the ease of not having to monitor your SSD space closely, to make sure it is not filled up!
RAM: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $36
ODD: Samsung Internal Blu-ray Combo DVD Writer - $54
PSU: Seasonic 460W Fanless 80Plus Gold- Modular Power Supply - $100; if you get this PSU you will thank me later, smile.gif or you can get the PSU in my HTPC build in the signature, that is also good and quiet, and around $75 cheaper!
OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit -$99
Okay now for the final item, there is a reason why I left HDD for the last, the reason is that HDD prices are unreal right now, I mean literally unreal, because of the floods in Thailand, supply is crippled and hence demand is sky high, so prices are also sky high! To give you an idea, I bought a 3TB Hitachi Deskstar, for $139 (on a promo from newegg) on Oct 12, the same drive now is $330.
These prices will drop as soon as supply is restored! So this inevitably is going to be the highest priced item in your build, unless you can wait to build till the prices drop (I don't know when), or you can use a HDD from another system for the time being and then buy the desired amount of storage when the prices are back to normal! But if you are going to buy one right now I'd go with this:
HDD: - HITACHI Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $120 ( this should actually be $50-$60 when prices fall), so you would be spending $60 more to build sooner! That's your call!
Total Budget Including the HDD : $710
I know you were shooting for $600, if you drop to the lower PSU or use a HDD lying around you would be close to the $600 range!
Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions!


what do i use to stream and how do i rip DVD/BR, is there a program or database i should use....just starting out so not sure...thanks
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well im in japan and unless using a vpn i cannot get netflix. but im learning to use xbmc although a bit confusing i would like to rip dvd and blue ray in addition to streaming but i am still searching for a viable source.
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well im in japan and unless using a vpn i cannot get netflix. but im learning to use xbmc although a bit confusing i would like to rip dvd and blue ray in addition to streaming but i am still searching for a viable source.

I prefer WMC over XBMC, because I'm more familiar with it, and it has all that I need! You can integrate all the extra stuff into WMC - Integrate Stuff into WMC.

I use My Movies for managing my collection! I highly recommend it!

For DVD's:

To rip and convert DVD's to ISO - Rip and Convert DVD’s to an ISO Image - all freeware!

To mount and play ISO's in WMC - Automatically Mount and View ISO files in Windows 7 Media Center - Freeware!

ISO would take up more space on your hard drive, so if you want to save space MKV is what I prefer, Make MKV is what i use for that! - Freeware!

For Blu-Ray's:

Things get a little more complicated because of the encryption used in Blu-ray! Don't have time for that right now, later!
Edited by Dad2David - 1/7/12 at 3:11pm
 
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