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I'm thinking of putting together a Media Center PC for the living room. I'm tired of having a separate component for each thing (i.e. receiver, dvd player, EQ, etc) so a media center PC would clean up my area nicely.

It will be connected to either a Plasma/LCD HDTV eventually, so having a HDMI output on the video card is critical. Not looking to break the bank here - I'd say around $1000, give or take. I'm flexible. Video capturing (DVR) functionality would be nice as well.

Case - ZALMAN HD160B

PSU - THERMALTAKE TR2 W0090RU 470W

Video Card - POWERCOLOR X1600PRO HDMI

TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-PVR

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.9

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

Motherboard - Intel BOXDG965WHMKR

RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1

Speakers - Not sure. Needs to be completely wireless.

I'm at about $1400 now.

I think that pretty much covers the bases. I'm not sure if theres anything I'm missing. Any hardware changes/thoughts/opinions would be nice. I'm not sure on that video card. I didnt see many others with an HDMI output. Thanks for the help in advance.
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post #2 of 9
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Was thinking of maybe making this an AMD build to cut down on costs. Since it's only going to be used for TV, movies, and some music, C2D might be overkill for such a machine.

Bueller?
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post #3 of 9
Do you really need the HDMI connection in the video card, and are you going to do any gaming on it? If not, just get a cheapo 6200 or something that has component out. I have one in my HTPC (cost $30) and it works great. Save money on vid card and get C2D
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post #4 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by bdattilo View Post
Do you really need the HDMI connection in the video card, and are you going to do any gaming on it? If not, just get a cheapo 6200 or something that has component out. I have one in my HTPC (cost $30) and it works great. Save money on vid card and get C2D
Why cheap out on graphics, obviously if your putting that much money into it, might as well be hd
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post #5 of 9
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Nah I dont intend to do any gaming on it at all. I just assume a midrange video card with an HDMI output will give me the best picture quality at a reasonable resolution.
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post #6 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by matt_s989 View Post
Why cheap out on graphics, obviously if your putting that much money into it, might as well be hd
What do you suggest?
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post #7 of 9
well if your truly serious about hdtv, go with hdmi output, componet has some limitation. I tell customers that all the time and they get a hdmi cable and are suprised at the difference over component, plus s video to component just isn't true hd
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post #8 of 9
Get a Pentium D ! Should be enough... ( I dunno if you still can find them though...)
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post #9 of 9
Use a cheaper AMD dual-core processor (multicore for system smoothness). You may want to look at an Energy Efficient one since you won't need as much cooling (less fan noise). You also need to purchase an aftermarket processor and chipset cooler. The stock units maybe to loud. Otherwise, good build.
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