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I have a 1.5tb green drive that also has my backup on it. Most I've ever had on it was 900 gigs including the backup, leaving 600 gb free aprox. I don't think 2tb is overkill, but that depends on how much you record. My wife does most of the recording as I only have a few shows per season that I watch.

The HDHomerun can be plugged into either, as long as it shows up on your network. The router is basically a switch. I just plugged another switch into mine because I needed more than the 4 ports on my router.

Right, that's what I'm going to be doing to since I'm going to run Cat6 to multiple rooms in the house, I just didn't want to take up a port on the switch.
We record almost every day, but we also watch it and delete it if not same day then the next.

Now let me ask you and Duckie both about hardware. If you were going to build a HTPC with cable DVR for my set up tomorrow, wanted it to be quiet and energy efficient while being as cheap as possible, what components would you buy?
I've already read about the merits of a APU for this type of application and was looking at the A6-6400K. If that was your jumping off point, where would you go from there?
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That APU looks fine, although to be honest I don't have anything running an APU but proc is much better than my Athlon dual core at 3.2 with the onboard chipset graphics (HD4250 I believe). Grab 4 gigs of cheap ram and a small hard drive for the OS to go on as you don't want to record onto the same drive as the OS. Recording thrashes a HD, which is not to say it kills it but it does a lot more reading and writing than normal. If you are going into a receiver than it will be doing all the sound processing so onboard digital out either from HDMI or Optical is fine. Stock cpu cooler will probably work and a case with some low speed fans will keep things silent.
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That APU looks fine, although to be honest I don't have anything running an APU but proc is much better than my Athlon dual core at 3.2 with the onboard chipset graphics (HD4250 I believe). Grab 4 gigs of cheap ram and a small hard drive for the OS to go on as you don't want to record onto the same drive as the OS. Recording thrashes a HD, which is not to say it kills it but it does a lot more reading and writing than normal. If you are going into a receiver than it will be doing all the sound processing so onboard digital out either from HDMI or Optical is fine. Stock cpu cooler will probably work and a case with some low speed fans will keep things silent.

What sort of board do you recommend?
I will probably pick up a 8gb flash drive for the OS install, the SanDisk cruz ones are cheap and really small.
Only 4gb of RAM? Isn't that a bit low?
I like the aesthetics of this case
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001H0BA24/wwwtechnutzco-20
but from what I've read space is tight. Know a good inexpensive m-itx with decent room? I'm not doing an optical drive, so the front bays would just be wasted I suppose.
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I didn't see any fans in that case. As long as you aren't overclocking or putting a graphics card in you might be able to get away with that. I just fear that the processor fan will start spinning up if there isn't at least a little air flow going through the case. 4 gigs of ram is plenty. I don't really know anything about APU boards so it would just be a guess on my part as to which one to get. On my first HTPC build I went really cheap on a Gigabyte board. It's now part of my kid's room HTPC because it had a couple of quirks, so my lesson was don't scrape the bottom of the barrel. How's the PSU that comes with that case? I would imagine it's not top quality.
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What sort of board do you recommend?
I will probably pick up a 8gb flash drive for the OS install, the SanDisk cruz ones are cheap and really small.
Only 4gb of RAM? Isn't that a bit low?
I like the aesthetics of this case
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001H0BA24/wwwtechnutzco-20
but from what I've read space is tight. Know a good inexpensive m-itx with decent room? I'm not doing an optical drive, so the front bays would just be wasted I suppose.
It's a HTPC... 4GB is fine.

You're not going to boot the OS from a USB drive right? Those wear out too quickly.

That case is pretty flimsy.... but works.

At Microcenter, you can pick up a A6-6400K + mITX mobo for $123....
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I didn't see any fans in that case. As long as you aren't overclocking or putting a graphics card in you might be able to get away with that. I just fear that the processor fan will start spinning up if there isn't at least a little air flow going through the case. 4 gigs of ram is plenty. I don't really know anything about APU boards so it would just be a guess on my part as to which one to get. On my first HTPC build I went really cheap on a Gigabyte board. It's now part of my kid's room HTPC because it had a couple of quirks, so my lesson was don't scrape the bottom of the barrel. How's the PSU that comes with that case? I would imagine it's not top quality.

Yes, I'm trying to go fan free for noise factor with the CPU cooler being the only fan. It's a 250W PSU with the connectors to do what I need and comes with the case. Not going to do any overclocking or put it under serious stress, just want it to play my cable and my movies.
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It's a HTPC... 4GB is fine.

You're not going to boot the OS from a USB drive right? Those wear out too quickly.

That case is pretty flimsy.... but works.

At Microcenter, you can pick up a A6-6400K + mITX mobo for $123....

What do you suggest for a case?
No microcenter near me, can you suggest an alternative?
Yes, I was planning on booting the OS from a flash drive. I won't be taking it out after plugging it in, and if it dies in a few years then I'll get another one. They're $2 for 8gb. I don't think the read/write will be to intense since I'll be storing the media on a different drive.
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Yes, I'm trying to go fan free for noise factor with the CPU cooler being the only fan. It's a 250W PSU with the connectors to do what I need and comes with the case. Not going to do any overclocking or put it under serious stress, just want it to play my cable and my movies.
What do you suggest for a case?
No microcenter near me, can you suggest an alternative?
Yes, I was planning on booting the OS from a flash drive. I won't be taking it out after plugging it in, and if it dies in a few years then I'll get another one. They're $2 for 8gb. I don't think the read/write will be to intense since I'll be storing the media on a different drive.

Newegg has mITX and A6 for a tiny bit more.

8GB won't fit stock Windows.

USB drive NAND are the low-grade stuff without wear-leveling...
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Newegg has mITX and A6 for a tiny bit more.

8GB won't fit stock Windows.

USB drive NAND are the low-grade stuff without wear-leveling...

Can you link me to that combo cause I'm searching without much luck.
I was planning on using vlite to trim it down. I have a smart tv so I really don't need anything Win7 has to offer except WMP, DX11, etc
At $2 per, I can afford to run them til they wear out then just pop another one in.
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Can you link me to that combo cause I'm searching without much luck.
I was planning on using vlite to trim it down. I have a smart tv so I really don't need anything Win7 has to offer except WMP, DX11, etc
At $2 per, I can afford to run them til they wear out then just pop another one in.

Don't forget cheap USB drives are also terrible slow... 30MB/s and sporadic random performance.

You have to make sure you do not strip too much from W7. There are DRM requirements that CableCards require to check.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113335
Open Box: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157273R
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