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I'm in the market for something "like" a HTPC, but I'm really not certain I'd actually need a seperate computer for it.

I could build a dedicated system for it...but there's also the question of whether or not I should just store blu-ray ISO's on seperate drives on my sig rig and popcornhour them to my TV.

I was thinking about even getting a NAS, which would eliminate the need for my computer to be on all the time to watch movies. However, a 4-bay NAS is no cheap endeavor either.


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What do you guys think? I'd just be ripping my movie collection from blu-rays to ISO's and wanting to play them on my TV.

Comments/suggestions appreciated, thanks.
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Here's my proposed build. I have a 3TB Seagate 7200/64MB drive laying around that I will use for storage now and expand upon later.

Suggestions?

EDIT: Had to change the case to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204032 (Didn't see the first choice was Micro only)
Edited by Methos07 - 5/8/12 at 7:10am
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Why not go mATX or even mITX?
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I think it is a solid build as an HTPC. Don't you need a dvd-rom or blu-ray player as well?
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I think it is a solid build as an HTPC. Don't you need a dvd-rom or blu-ray player as well?
not if he's just going to store ISO's on a separate machine and stream them over.
 
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I'm gonna just throw the stuff into my old Antec 900 case actually, for now anyways. Couldn't get shoprunner shipping on any of the HTPC cases and I still couldn't decide on which one was really the best.

I could of gone the NAS route, but I would have also needed the Popcornhour device which is another couple hundred.

Paid 280 for everything without a case. I'll be using the 3TB I have for now and expanding later in hopes that hard drive prices fall some more.

EDIT: With the ATX board size I'll be able to use the Omega Striker from my computer along with the GT 520.
Edited by Methos07 - 5/8/12 at 11:08am
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for around $250 you can pick up a foxconn mini computer, 4gb ram and a 32gb ssd. would be a cool little streamer with xbmc, be small enough to stick it to the back of the tv or mount on a wall behind the tv. built in wifi for streaming. hdmi out with audio.
 
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