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Ok, so my mom's like "1000 bucks, I need another computer for the house, cause 5 people and 2 computers (one just for you) is not enough"...

So I was like "OMG HTPC! CORE 2 DUO!"

anyways...1000 canadian...

So far I have decided on

antec fusion 2.0 (includes 430W Seasonic) $201
e6300 $235


Now I know that's what I want so far...

What ram/video card should I get?

I'll figure out HDD, and DVD drive..cause that's all preference...but I've never done Intel before so DDR2 ram and Intel's FSB on allendale is not something I know about...

Also, TV tuner options? AIW? Separate?

I just want something that'll do my 50" HDTV justice for 1000 bucks...

If I have to scrap the core 2 plans...then I guess I can deal...but I hope I don't have to...

thanks.

(The case supports only mATX boards)

EDIT: NCIX please. I wanna save on shipping.
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post #2 of 77
Get like a 1GB ram and a 7300GT or some X1300 AIW or something
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I'm lookin for more specific suggestions...and someone who has direct experience....

The ram is one of the biggest things I'm worried about....what speed ram does an allendale run with stock? The only overclocking I'll do is whatever I can get stock voltage/stock cooling.
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welcome to the darkside sideburns i think you will like it here
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Oh, you're overclocking a HTPC? o.o
HTPC= Home Theatre Personal Computer?
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post #7 of 77
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FearSC549
Oh, you're overclocking a HTPC? o.o
HTPC= Home Theatre Personal Computer?

I'm aware of what an HTPC is....

But who said that I can't overclock it? lol. It's a core 2. It's begging for it. Also, stock voltage/stock cooling...that's not really extreme clocking if you ask me...so...

Motherboard, ram, video card/tuner recommendations?
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post #8 of 77
get an ati card for sure i dont knwo about tuners though
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post #9 of 77
Ok, so you're limited to mATX, so overclocking won't be too much.

Thus,

CPU: E6300 $218.99 CAD
MoBo: Asus P5B-VM Socket 775 $152.99 (sorry, not on NCIX - and maybe a bit expensive, but hey, it's an 965 based board, so it might even overclock a bit)
RAM: Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-667 $138.35
Video: EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT PCI-E 256MB $149.99


Regarding RAM, the Core 2 Duo has an FSB of 1066MHz. Since it's Quad Pumped, the external frequency is 266Mhz. This matched the speed of DDR2 533 (Which also runs on 266MHz external). I picked DDR2 667 to give you a bit of headroom. DDR2 800 is not needed I think, since you don't plan a spectacular overclock.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Ok, so you're limited to mATX, so overclocking won't be too much.

Thus,

CPU: E6300 $218.99 CAD
MoBo: Asus P5B-VM Socket 775 $152.99 (sorry, not on NCIX - and maybe a bit expensive, but hey, it's an 965 based board, so it might even overclock a bit)
RAM: Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-667 $138.35
Video: EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT PCI-E 256MB $149.99


Regarding RAM, the Core 2 Duo has an FSB of 1066MHz. Since it's Quad Pumped, the external frequency is 266Mhz. This matched the speed of DDR2 533 (Which also runs on 266MHz external). I picked DDR2 667 to give you a bit of headroom. DDR2 800 is not needed I think, since you don't plan a spectacular overclock.

What tuner would you recommend? or would an AIW be easier?
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