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So I got an extra CPU, RAM and Motherboard now. I am thinking about building a REASONABLY PRICED Media Center PC for the living room. I want to be able to:

> Use an LG 37 HDTV LCD
> Watch HD-DVD
> Record Digital Cable TV
> Surf from the couch

MOST IMPORTANT, the case has to look "nice" not computer looking (per wife request)

Have already:

> Motherboard = Abit FP IN9 650i SLI
> CPU = e6600
> RAM = 2GB OCZ reapers
> TVTUNER (bought from bigVal)
> Remote = Toshiba Media Center Remote

Need (I am guessing)

> "Nice" Case (preferably with power already)
> HD-DVD Drive
> GPU that can play HD!
> Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo
> OS
> HDs to store recorded TV
> Soundcard that can hook up to our Surround Sound Receiver

Any suggestions welcome on what I need.
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post #2 of 26
the Thermal take mozart tx case it nice for media center, you can put in a lot of harddrives for storage for movies and etc, but its kinda expensive
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post #3 of 26
A nice media centre case would go real nice, doesnt stick out like a sore thumb, just looks like a slick receiver or something
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...atid=7&subcat=
They are pricey though, but looking at your spec, seems like money isnt much of an issue.
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post #5 of 26
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I think my biggest problem is that most "nice" cases have a that "mini/short" slot. the case you suggested thisnoobagain, would not take those gfx cards right?
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post #6 of 26
if your talking about the pci slot at the rear of the case where the connector stick out. yes a lot of nice cases have short slots, but that case i believe is standard size. but all media center pcs with that shape will have a limit to the hight of the gfx card. here a a reviewer of that case:

Not quite tall enough for my 7600GT Silent Pipe Rev. B, but works for my 7600GT Rev. A. Beautiful case, but don't expect to just take it out and put all your components in without at least 1 issue.

most cases have this problems. so try to not get a full size gfx, sorry about my recommendations i forgot about that problem. let me to look again
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post #7 of 26
if your lookin for a SCHWWWEEEET HTPC case check this one out
http://www.origenae.com/en/htpc_s21t.htm

if i had the kind of funds you seem to have i would be all over this. and im sure your wife will love it too....
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post #8 of 26
For HD, you want a 8500GT or 8400GS. It has an updated PureVideo architecture. (Make sure to purchase the PureVideo codec as well)
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post #9 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hobbes70790 View Post
if your lookin for a SCHWWWEEEET HTPC case check this one out
http://www.origenae.com/en/htpc_s21t.htm

if i had the kind of funds you seem to have i would be all over this. and im sure your wife will love it too....
Wow. That is sweet.

And the video connections would look like this?

Digital Cable Box -> TV Tuner and GFX HDMI/VGA Cable -> 37 LCD ?
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post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
For HD, you want a 8500GT or 8400GS. It has an updated PureVideo architecture. (Make sure to purchase the PureVideo codec as well)
Only the 8600GT and up have HDCP, however. So may want to get an 8600GT or GTS.
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