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NEW BUILD IN POST 4, THANKS 8)


I've finally decided to dive into the HTPC world and build my own. I read the beginners guide up top ^^^^ and took the little quiz on the bottom and this is what I figure I'd use my HTPC for: playing DVDs and blu-rays, recording live tv shows, basic browsing of the internet, streaming internet videos and audio, and play older games. Of course I'd love to make this machine as small and as quiet as possible. So far this is what I've come up with:

CPU: Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB x2
PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Plus 500W
Optical Drive: ASUS Black BC
Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum Grandia Series

I still would need to pick up a TV tuner I imagine, so any suggestions you have for that I'd love to hear. All parts can be replaced and upgraded/downgraded if you think there are better stuff out there. Ideally I'd like for this HTPC to cost under 600$.

Thanks for any help 8), and be gentle on my noobness tongue.gif.
Edited by wonderyears - 1/12/12 at 1:08am
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You only need 4GB of RAM (possibly less) for an HTPC, so there's no need to get 2 kits. Also, the processor you linked will not fit into your motherboard, as they're two different sockets. Going with that motherboard, I'd get something like a Pentium G620. Also, no need for that powerful of a PSU, but I'm no PSU expert, so I'm not sure what to recommend.
 
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Herp Derp, can't believe I didn't notice the CPU wouldn't fit in there. Thanks for pointing that out for me. And I agree that PSU is probably overkill, I don't know much about them but I always end up getting an overkill PSU in fear that I'll get one too small. The only thing I'd really like from the PSU would be that it is modular so I can keep the case less cluttered.
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AMD-A4
any cheap FM1 motherboard with HDMI
2GB or 4GB DDR3 1333 ram, doesn't matter, they are the same price
32GB SSD (ocz is only $60)
corsair builders series (or, if you live life on the edge like i do, the diabloteks are just fine for cheaper)
cheap case
the above will be around $250 on newegg

pick up a hauppage 1250 tuner card for $50
blu ray drive for $60
OS for $100
 
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After reading your suggestions I've done some (drastic) changes and have came up with this:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1
CPU: AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4
Tuner: Hauppauge 2250 Dual TV Tuner
OD: SAMSUNG Black

Do you guys have any other suggestions, improvements, or reductions that I could take? And from my checking everything looks compatible is that right? And these parts would be able to do everything I originally intended right? Blu-rays, streaming from the internet(netflix), and recording TV shows.

Thanks for any help offered 8).
Edited by wonderyears - 1/12/12 at 1:09am
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Couple of questions.. if you want as small and quiet as possible then why not go with a mini ITX build? The Silverstone Sugo SG05BB450 is a small and quiet case that still has good airflow. Also, why are you going with a Z68 motherboard? I imagine you will not be overclocking and it doesn't appear as if you will be running an SSD in cache mode.

Edit: just saw the revised list. That looks like a good build.
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I don't believe that tuner you selected comes with a remote.
This one has one though, (same product): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116036

Would the IR receiver be compatible with any remote? If so, you could probably wait and see if you will need one. I can tell you remotes work very well with Windows Media Center.

I ask, because my gaming rig is plugged into a 50 inch plasma. We watch movies on it (netflix, dvd's, hulu, youtube, you get the picture, right), and use it kinda like an HTPC (no tuner though). I didn't think it was a big deal to have a remote, and now I regret that.

After hearing me talk about the possibilities, my parents want to replace their crap TiVO like device from the local cable company with something I build for them. I have no experience with a "real" HTPC, so your post is a very helpful baseline for me to build against, thank you.

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Originally Posted by wonderyears View Post

After reading your suggestions I've done some (drastic) changes and have came up with this:
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1
CPU: AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4
Tuner: Hauppauge 2250 Dual TV Tuner
OD: SAMSUNG Black
Do you guys have any other suggestions, improvements, or reductions that I could take? And from my checking everything looks compatible is that right? And these parts would be able to do everything I originally intended right? Blu-rays, streaming from the internet(netflix), and recording TV shows.
Thanks for any help offered 8).

Now that's a great build for an HTPC! Kudos for that! Much better than the initial build you had put up from an HTPC perspective!

If I would suggest a change to anything, that would be the case, while that is a good case - this one is much better, great cooling and build quality! It is $30 more if you can afford it get this one and you would not regret it! Here is a comparison of both!

Apart from that, your build is great! Also check Amazon for free shipping and great return policies, or else get a Shop Runner trial 30-day subscription for your items from Newegg! I use both based on where it is cheap!
 
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