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I have a very powerful gaming PC, but it runs a bit hot. I want to build a HTPC where I can watch movies from the living. I mainly want to use the XBMC features. What is the best setup I can get for around $500?
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I would get a case that suits you, then go with an amd apu.
4 or 8 gb of ram.
a small power supply.

I dont know how much content you already have/ how much you plan to put on a hard drive. But get atleast one terabyte for storage. Dont know if you want a separate one for the OS.

I dont know if you already have your movies on a digital copy or you are going to make your own. I would get a blu ray drive.

More specifics would be helpful as well. Sorry I cant recommend a build right now. Im on my phone tongue.gif.

Will update later.
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I am planning on streaming most of my content so it will probably be an SSD for the OS. I would just build a very basic one that I can hook to the tv and run XBMC. I already have all my digital on my gaming PC. so worst case is I can use the other PC.

Looks like I will be going with AMD A10-5800k.
Edited by wakame - 7/12/13 at 1:20pm
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I just finished building my HTPC this morning. It basically mirrors the workstation that I built for my wife that was previously described here (though I only have 4GB of Crucial memory in this unit): http://www.overclock.net/t/1401960/lian-li-pc-q27-build-notes I deleted the hard drive since this is just for streaming and added a Blu-Ray/DVD reader so we can play those as well. It's hooked up to a Sony Bravia 32" television. I stayed with Intel for the simple reason that I'm a long time Intel stockholder and no other. I chose the Ivy Bridge i3 processor with the 4000 HD graphics and it works splendidly. I could have waited for the i3 Haswell chips to come out but probably would have paid more for them. The Gigabyte GA-H77N WiFi MoBo is fantastic and I don't need to hard wire the PC into the router, the WiFi is sufficient. The system runs cool and you cannot hear the stock Intel cooler at all.

Only a couple build notes. These small cases are really tough to work with. You need to be careful and get all the wiring out of the way before you insert the PSU. This Lian Li case takes an ATX unit and I managed first to dislodge the SSD SATA cable and then when I got that resolved the next insertion dislodged the Optical Drive power cable. Third time was the charm. The other weird thing was the Win7 installation disk (which I don't use, preferring to load Win via USB) was missing the last character of the product key. Fortunately Microsoft has Saturday hours and they issued a new one to me over the phone.

Total cost of the unit was $600 which is a little steep. I could have shaved some cost off using AMD instead of Intel but I'm happy with the results.
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If you are on a budget ,this will be my options :
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113333 -save a few bucks over 5800k
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130662 - more than you need for a HTPC
Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148662 - low profile and 1.3V
Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163205 - if you want to ad some HDD in the future ,. plenty of room and good cooling options
Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139049
SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

You can always change for a cheaper case to save some money . 90Gb SSD will save you a few $ to .
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