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I was pretty much set on getting something in the line of a Smart TV Box, they run anywhere from $80-$190 and would allow me to stream the content I want on my TV.

Currently I do not have anything other than internet and the Smart TV Box would provide; Netflix, Hulu+, Web browsing, Pandora, ect.

A new TV is not in the budget and the current one does not support HDMI sad-smiley-002.gif

I was trying to weigh the differences between buying a budget HTPC or sticking with a smart TV box.

I know what to expect from a smart TV box, but I was wondering how low of cost I could get an HTPC to work.

My needs for the HTPC to be worthwhile are as follows:

-Streaming the above mentioned sites with web browsing
-Wireless network connectivity
-Remote/wireless keyboard-mouse
-Blueray Player (I have a 5.25 drive I could use, but would need to replace that drive with a DVD drive)
-NO gaming needed
-Ability to stream network media files
-Internal storage not a huge need because I wouldn't be storing the files on the HTPC
-Need an OS that has friendly networking with Win7


1. How cheap could I get away with doing this? (if you could provide items I would need for a build; type of CPU/mobo, amount of RAM needed, cooling/case setup, ect, that would be helpful.)
2. What type of CPU will I need to decode the blueray discs smoothly?
3. Would I need to purchase any specific software to play blueray?

I'm pretty new to the whole idea (I didn't even know what HTPC meant until today), but I think it might be a better alternative if I can keep the cost down.

Thanks in advance.

Here is what I came up with because I have a blueray drive and an HDD.

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Anything I should think of changing?
Edited by rctrucker - 2/22/12 at 8:24pm
 
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Hmm, I would have to see what type of prices I could get on these items in the US, is the celeron a better choice? I have read that the new AMD chips are much better bang for your buck.
 
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so without the graphics card and these two substitutions:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148419

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

I'm at about $275 with a HDD I already have, but still need a DVD rom drive ~$20 which puts me at around $300. Is there a better build for this money?
 
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if you have an HDD and a Blu Ray you can save even more money.

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and with a different mobo with onboard wireless:

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There should be no need for another PSU because the case has one that is more than powerful enough.

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I like where this build is going, would that APU run 1080p bluerays discs and stream 1080p over wireless(less likely because I could always drop it on the HDD before i play it) without any issues?

Also would need some type of remote/wireless keyboard-mouse.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

if you have an HDD and a Blu Ray you can save even more money.
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and with a different mobo with onboard wireless:
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There should be no need for another PSU because the case has one that is more than powerful enough.
Hope it helps thumb.gif

You always post while I'm in the middle of typing!
 
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

if you have an HDD and a Blu Ray you can save even more money.
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and with a different mobo with onboard wireless:
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There should be no need for another PSU because the case has one that is more than powerful enough.
Hope it helps thumb.gif

What is the advantage in going with the ZOTAC board? Looks like I would pay more money for the exact same thing.
 
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Intel I7-3930k C-2 ASrock Extreme9 X79 EVGA GTX570 HD Muskin Redline 993997 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 Dell Constilation 7200rpm 6gbps LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model i... Corsair H100 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Coolermaster Excalibur (x4) Coolermaster Turbine (x4) Bitfenix 200mm Spectre Pro  Windows 7 Ultimate 
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24" Sammy 23" Asus Logitech G15 Coolermaster Silent Pro 1300w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 600t Logitech MX518 Razer Vespula Dual Sided  Creative 3d Game Blaster 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A4-3300 Llano ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 AMD Radeon HD 6410D G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE Stock Windows XP 
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Intel I7-3930k C-2 ASrock Extreme9 X79 EVGA GTX570 HD Muskin Redline 993997 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 Dell Constilation 7200rpm 6gbps LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model i... Corsair H100 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Coolermaster Excalibur (x4) Coolermaster Turbine (x4) Bitfenix 200mm Spectre Pro  Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24" Sammy 23" Asus Logitech G15 Coolermaster Silent Pro 1300w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 600t Logitech MX518 Razer Vespula Dual Sided  Creative 3d Game Blaster 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A4-3300 Llano ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 AMD Radeon HD 6410D G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE Stock Windows XP 
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