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I have been building HTPC systems for a little while now, and our house is now powered by an HTPC in almost every room. As I have had neighbors, family, friends, etc. all comment on how incredible our setup is, I have been mulling over the idea of putting together a build that would work well for the average (inexperienced) end-user. I would basically be building these with a small markup for my time invested as more people were interested and wanted one. I have invested well over 5,000$ at least into our setup, but the following build would be as low cost as possible while still providing the most powerful/feature rich system possible.

Please give me any thoughts/feedback/etc. on the build, as I do plan to use this as my model for building these for other people. I was quite happy with the amount of performance I was able to squeeze into the package for a mere 275$ or so. If it looks good, I also welcome anyone to use it for their own low budget HTPC builds as well, especially with any improvements made by the OC.net members.

CORE PARTS:

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5Ghz Dual Core
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116408
Price: 52.99$

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253
Price: 22.99$

Motherboard: Biostar LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332
Price: 49.99$

Case: APEX Black/Silver Micro ATX HTPC Case w/ 275w PSU
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154061
Price: 45.99$

Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5" Drive
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
Price: 69.99$

Wireless: Rosewill 802.11b/g/n PCIe 2.0 Adapter 150Mbps
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166047
Price: 11.99$

Total Price: 253.94$

EXTRA PARTS:

Remote: SANOXY Wireless USB PC Remote Control Mouse
URL: http://www.amazon.com/SANOXY-Wireless-Remote-Control-Mouse/dp/B001M56DI0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346056122&sr=8-1&keywords=SANOXY+Wireless+USB+PC+Remote+Control+Mouse+for+PC
Price: 8.99$

HDMI Cable: Link Depot 6FT HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable
URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189053
Price: 2.99$

Total Price: 265.92$
post #2 of 4
my thoughts, others may disagree
spring for a 300Mbps adapter, only like 5 dollars more
probably only need 2gb of ram
is it supposed to be always on? if not, 30gb ssd would be good
idk how the psu is that comes with that case. seems sketchy
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Hard DriveCoolingMonitorKeyboard
*ntel 600p 256GB NVMe Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Dell SE2717HX Filco Magestouch MX Brown Tenkeyless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
SeaSonic M12II 620W Antec 300 Logitech G400 Glorious PC Gaming Large 
AudioOther
Sennheiser HD598 CyberPower CP1500 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Phenom II x4 955 Asus M3N78 PRO 2GB Corsair XMS2-8500 DDR2 5-5-5-15 (2) OCZ 128GB SSD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ 30 GB SSD Samsung 2TB WD Black 2TB  WD Green 2TB 
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Windows 10 x64 Dell P2414H Corsair CX430 v2 Fractal Design Define R5 
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my thoughts, others may disagree
spring for a 300Mbps adapter, only like 5 dollars more
probably only need 2gb of ram
is it supposed to be always on? if not, 30gb ssd would be good
idk how the psu is that comes with that case. seems sketchy
I'll agree with the upgrade to a 300Mpbs wireless NI. the more bandwidth the better but really depending on your customer it may be an unnecessary extra 5 dollars. How many households have a N router that aren't tech savvy? But it would be nice if you gave the customer an option.
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what about OS?
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