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I tried living without DVR for a while and I've given up. Plus I need an excuse to build an HTPC and get surround sound. I also have some basic questions which I'll save for the end. First, the build so far:


Processor: A6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103943

MOBO: ASRock A55 PRO3 (I'm clueless on this, is this a decent mobo?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157278

RAM: GSkill 8GB (2x4) 240pin 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Case: Silverstone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

Tuner Card: Ceton InfiniTV
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815706001



I still need a PSU. I'd like a modular one if I can get it, any suggestions? Also, is the mobo good enough or am I missing something?

With the tuner card do I need any additional equipment from the cable company?

I'm also planning on getting some surround sound. I'm looking at something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290174 I'm assuming I'll still need a receiver. I should be able to run the HTPC through the receiver to the TV with HDMI right?

Suggestions/Comments/Criticisms encouraged!
post #2 of 28
seems pretty decent.. should be a nice build the board is fine gl thumb.gif
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I have not worked with that particular case, but some of these HTPC cases one has to be careful of PSU length and could be a 120mm fan PSU would be preferred over say 135/140mm ones tongue.gif
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post #4 of 28
The HTPC looks good but for the $300 you're planning to spend on the speakers, you can do better. In general, a higher quality 2.1 setup will sound much better than a cheap 5.1. Either of these would be much better for fronts

Polk Monitor40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290203
Polk Monitor50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290204

Then get one of the 10" or 12" Dayton subs from here

http://www.parts-express.com/wizards/searchResults.cfm?searchFilter=&srchExt=CAT&perPage=25&sortBy=0&layout=list&page=1&srchPrice=&srchCat=620&srchMfg=301&srchPromo=&srchAttr=
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post #5 of 28
What is your budget for the psu,here's a couple I would suggest you look over.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151097

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151099

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371057

As far as your motherboard,it seems to have the ports that you would need all the way around,so imo it would do the job.Is there a specific reason your going with the quad-core? I would look into the A6-3500.It's triple-core and would bring down the power consumption,while delivering the same gfx's power so...
Edited by reezin14 - 4/10/12 at 12:00pm
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post #7 of 28
^^^ XBMC is an excellent front-end OS,unfortunately it doesn't provide the DVR aspect (hopefully soon),so you would need to run it on top of Win7,Vista etc, to record your porgrams.
post #8 of 28
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@ChaoticKinesis I'm a newb when it comes to home audio, I'm still trying to find my way over on AVSForum. So basically it's best to buy the individual speakers instead of one big set? That's what I've gathered. What's a good starting point dollars-wise for a decent 5.1 setup?

@reezin14 That Antec power supply is probably what I'll go with. Definitely need a modular. The triple core A6 I'll probably go with, thanks for the suggestion, definitely more efficient powerwise and not really sacrificing much.

XBMC does look awesome, but I need the DVR stuff, so I'll stick with win7/WMC for now. Hopefully I can switch sometime later.
post #9 of 28
Depending on your listening habits and how large your space is, 5.1 may not bring you that much gain over 2.1. If you're mostly listening to music, 2.1 is all you need. If you plan to watch a lot of movies, having a discrete center has its benefits so an intermediate option is 3.1. This also gives you an upgrade path for the future. Here's the 5.1 setup I'd recommend, based on Newegg's current prices:

CS1 Center $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290210

Monitor40 fronts $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290202

Monitor30 surrounds $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290200

Dayton Sub-1200 $130 + $15 shipping http://www.parts-express.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=300-629&scqty=1

Total = $445

Also, good choice with the triple-core Llano, I have an A6-3500 in my HTPC and it works great. thumb.gif
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post #10 of 28
i see no one noticed your case and mobo? your case is for a micro atx so your mobo is a atx, you dont need a full mobo for a htpc. find a nice micro atx mobo with everything you need it to do.
power supply i would find a small corsair psu. also i would spend the few exrta bucks and get the better apu its faster and better video. just my 2 cents.

now on speakers dont go cheap polks are the best bang for the buck. if you dont have the money just buy the front channels first, then you can get a center after, ect.
and have fun doing it biggrin.gif
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