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How are these specs?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701 - Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128530 - Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 - RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103957 - Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Hauppauge-WinTV-DCR-2650-Tuner-Cable/dp/B005FPT38A/ref=pd_cp_e_2 - Tuner

Are all of those parts compatible/is that build strong enough to do HD recording and playback? I have Verizon FiOS and I will rent a cablecard from them in order to do this.
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How are these specs?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701 - Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128530 - Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 - RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103957 - Processor
http://www.amazon.com/Hauppauge-WinTV-DCR-2650-Tuner-Cable/dp/B005FPT38A/ref=pd_cp_e_2 - Tuner
Are all of those parts compatible/is that build strong enough to do HD recording and playback? I have Verizon FiOS and I will rent a cablecard from them in order to do this.

Your budget? All compatible although I would bump the budget.
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Trying to keep it around 400 (With shipping)
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I would buy this RAM, then tighten the timing to 8-8-8-20-1T or 9-9-9-24-1T.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147095

Higher RAM speed helps a lot for Llano. Here is my experience with that RAM,
http://www.overclock.net/t/1215422/my-samsung-ddr3-4-x-4-gb-overclocking-experience

I'd take it you have the case and PSU ready?
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Yeah, I have a case/PSU laying around somewhere.
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The A4-3400 is only $5 more. It provides a stock 8% CPU clock and 35% GPU clock increases.
The A6-3500 is $25 more and provides double the GPU cores.


If you care deeply about image quality, you might want to go with a slightly better iGPU.... however, the difference is marginal to be honest.
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The A4-3400 is only $5 more. It provides a stock 8% CPU clock and 35% GPU clock increases.
The A6-3500 is $25 more and provides double the GPU cores.
If you care deeply about image quality, you might want to go with a slightly better iGPU.... however, the difference is marginal to be honest.

Then i'll get the A4-3400.

So newegg is selling the WinTV tuner for $100 after MiR this weekend.

If I wanted a case, which one would you recommend?

Also, when I get this (and the cablecard), how would I manage this? (i.e. tell it how to record and things of that nature)

Also, would I just get TV through the winTV box, or would I have to get a coax splitter so both the happuage box and the set top box would work (Then I would just switch between HDMI and Component for the DVR/HTPC and the STB, respectively)? On that note, how would I control the HTPC without a keyboard?
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