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Howdy all,

I'm way out of the loop when it comes to hardware (used to keep up with it, but that was a couple years ago... changes waay too fast). I'm looking to build an HTPC on the cheap. My budget is under $500, but ideally I'd like to cut it down to $300 if possible, not including the OS which I have covered.

I intend to use the system with my HDTV to watch 1080p content from the internet, hard drive, DLNA, and eventually a Blu-ray drive. I'll also use it as a music source, an emulator for old school console games, and to play some dated computer games (around the graphics level of counter strike 1.6, nothing tough). Other than that, I'd just like it to run quiet enough to not be disruptive during softer scenes in a movie.

I eventually might add a tuner, and maybe some spare drives to act as a home server, but I'm not too worried about that right now.

What would you guys recommend for a build? Can I do it for around $300? If so, am I going to be shooting myself in the foot not spending a bit more?

Thank you!
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This is under $250 if you live in USA but only includes APU (cpu & Gpu in one chip), mobo, psu, and ram.

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core $114.99 Free S&H

ASUS F1A55-M LX PLUS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $64.99 Free S&H

SAMSUNG 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V2G3D/US $25.99 Free S&H This stuff overclocks like crazy up to 2400mhz depending on the platform have seen people on amd Phenoms getting 1866mhz

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W $39.99 Free S&H

Combo deal with A8-3850 APU with Asus F1A75-MPro $196.98 with a $20 mail in rebate would get if you plan on overclocking.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Core i5 3570k 4.5ghz 1.200v - 0.000 offset  Gigabyte z77X-UP4 TH Beta Bios F11C with lastes... Sapphire 7950 3GB GSkill 2x8gb 2400mhz 11-13-13-31 T2 @ 10-13-13-... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB SSD SATA 3.0 M4-CT128M4SSD1 Corsair H80 v2i AIO liquid cooling Windows 10 Professional x64 47 inch Samsung LCD HD TV 
PowerAudio
Corsair 850w modular stock 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2Q Q6600 GO @ 3.2ghz 1.28 Gigabyte P35 DS3-L Pencil modded Nvidia 9800 GT 512mb 2x1gb Gskill 1066 5-5-5-15 & 2x1gb Gskill Pi 80... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD1 128GB SSD - OS Drive Samsung HD103UJ & SJ 1 Terabyte HDD LG 22x DVD burner Arctic Freezer Pro 2  
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 HannsG 27.5" Widescreen Red thingy 750w Single rail old raidmax from 1st build beat to death 
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