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Hey guys,
My parents want an HTPC. Here are the requirements, must have at least 1TB storage (decent speed too), fast processor, good graphics, MUST BE QUIET (A MUST!!), small form factor, blu-ray reader. Max budget is 450$ before shipping and taxes, I live in Canada. AMD or Intel, it doesn't matter, just want something responsive and I don't want to feel ripped off. Here's what I came up with, give your thoughts and suggestions. Useful comments and suggestions will be rewarded.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7nfI + HDD: http://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digital-WD10EARS-Caviar-Desktop/dp/B002U1N95K/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335487734&sr=1-2
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In Canada, spliting retailers should be avoided unless it actually presents savings because we don't get the same shipping offers that Americans do.  More parts in one order from one store = lower overall shipping costs.  With price matching, buying elsewhere may be unnecessary altogether.

 

Buying at Newegg.ca often overwhelms in price and should be avoided because they  have to ship from California. For example: You'd be ridiculous if you'd paying $70 for a basic HTPC case for those features whereas $40 + shipping (probably $50 shipped and less with other things in the same order) can get you a similar case at another major Canadian retailer, NCIX.

 

On top of everything, many Canadian-based retailers - NCIX among them, also MemoryExpress, CanadaComputers (if you're in Toronto) price match to other retailers.  You could buy something at NCIX, price match to Newegg.ca (before shipping cost) and leverage even lower shipping cost and faster times on top.  NCIX can ship from a Toronto warehouse whereas with Newegg you wait for parts to arrive from California.

 

- A fellow Canadian parts shopper


Edited by xd_1771 - 4/26/12 at 7:47pm
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Why do you need 8gb of memory in a htcp?

Nothing you will be doing needs that. Why spend money you don't have to
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I recommend the new apu 350. I bought one for a car pc and ended up using it for a main pc while sleeving my gaming rig and it ran great for what it was. With 4gb ddr3 it ran great with windows 7 and booted fine and handle hd video fine. All for 38 watts. It actually becaome my htpc/download rig. Plus they are quit and cheap under $100 board and cpu. Plus 4gb ddr3 for $13 and a used case and HD = $130 dollar htpc. lol
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

In Canada, spliting retailers should be avoided unless it actually presents savings because we don't get the same shipping offers that Americans do.  More parts in one order from one store = lower overall shipping costs.  With price matching, buying elsewhere may be unnecessary altogether.

Buying at Newegg.ca often overwhelms in price and should be avoided because they  have to ship from California. For example: You'd be ridiculous if you'd paying $70 for a basic HTPC case for those features whereas $40 + shipping (probably $50 shipped and less with other things in the same order) can get you a similar case at another major Canadian retailer, NCIX.

On top of everything, many Canadian-based retailers - NCIX among them, also MemoryExpress, CanadaComputers (if you're in Toronto) price match to other retailers.  You could buy something at NCIX, price match to Newegg.ca (before shipping cost) and leverage even lower shipping cost and faster times on top.  NCIX can ship from a Toronto warehouse whereas with Newegg you wait for parts to arrive from California.

- A fellow Canadian parts shopper

Yes indeed you are right. I always price match newegg's prices via Ncix because shipping is usually alot cheaper. As for the case, I pick it up at the local Canada Computers store so I don't have to pay shipping.
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Why do you need 8gb of memory in a htcp?
Nothing you will be doing needs that. Why spend money you don't have to

You're right, I'd rather save the extra 10$ for something else.
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I recommend the new apu 350. I bought one for a car pc and ended up using it for a main pc while sleeving my gaming rig and it ran great for what it was. With 4gb ddr3 it ran great with windows 7 and booted fine and handle hd video fine. All for 38 watts. It actually becaome my htpc/download rig. Plus they are quit and cheap under $100 board and cpu. Plus 4gb ddr3 for $13 and a used case and HD = $130 dollar htpc. lol

Sounds good, I'll check that out.
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This is similar to what I got but I got the ecs version and it was onsale for 50 after rebate. I don't know how much with candian shipping and you might get it cheaper. But I'm a little too drunk to look it all up right now lol.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186212
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Why does an HTPC need "good graphics" will they be gaming? if just watching blue ray you can use onboard no problem
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Is a Sempron 140 and onboard graphics good enough for an HTPC?
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Is a Sempron 140 and onboard graphics good enough for an HTPC?

AM3 mobos contain the onboard GPU. unlike the FM1 chipset. As long as you get an 880G or better mobo, you will be perfectly fine. The CPU is crap though, it might not hold up for a "fast HTPC"
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AM3 mobos contain the onboard GPU. unlike the FM1 chipset. As long as you get an 880G or better mobo, you will be perfectly fine. The CPU is crap though, it might not hold up for a "fast HTPC"

I sorta highjacked this thread instead of posting a new one to avoid redundancy. I don't care about boot times or loading or being real "fast". I have a 140 lying around and don't want to spend on a CPU so I figured I'd use it. As long as I don't see stuttering during the actual play back of video I think I'll be happy.
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