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I'm thinking of building an HTPC. I need some help with some of the part selection. I don't want to break the bank so please keep that in mind. I'm hoping the parts I don't have to cost a total of $250 or less.

Parts I have:
Sempron 64 3200+ AM2 CPU (it can run from 1.8GHz 1v all the way to 3.1GHz at 1.5v)
2GB of Micron DDR2-667 RAM
Pioneer DVD Burner

Parts I need:
AM2 or AM2+ Motherboard (I'm thinking maybe an AMD 780G mobo, unless Nvidia's 8200/8300 offering is better when it's released)
A video card with an HDMI port (if the motherboard doesn't have one)
An HD TV Tuner Card
Small case (Possibly the APEVIA X-QPACK)
An HTPC OS (or a good program to use with XP Pro that I have)

Thanks in advanced for your help.
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
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Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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PSU?

780G's all have HDMI. It can also do full hardware acceleration and do 1080p. In addition, ATI generally has better image quality than NVIDIA. Another big this is that the 780G chipset is very efficient and doesn't produce much heat... all awesome for a HTPC. The cheapest current 780G is a full ATX version by ECS.
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I just ordered the GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD motherboard. I have the Ultra Black MicroFly Aluminum Micro ATX Tower case which I like. I doesn't have much room for an aftermarket processor heat-sink. I recommend the Hauppauge HVR-1800 w/remote because it uses PCI express x1. It'll free up other slots and it does over-the-air hd.

I recommend Meedio 1.41 for your front-end and Beyond TV for DVR. Check out my HTPC in my sig for more on my software.
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PSU?

780G's all have HDMI. It can also do full hardware acceleration and do 1080p. In addition, ATI generally has better image quality than NVIDIA. Another big this is that the 780G chipset is very efficient and doesn't produce much heat... all awesome for a HTPC. The cheapest current 780G is a full ATX version by ECS.
All the cases I was looking at are bundled with a PSU (including the APEVIA X-QPACK I was thinking of getting). Your right all the 780G boards currently out have HDMI but if I decide to go with a different board that doesn’t have HDMI I would need a video card that does. The ECS 780G board wouldn't work for me since I want a MicroATX board.
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I just ordered the GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD motherboard. I have the Ultra Black MicroFly Aluminum Micro ATX Tower case which I like. I doesn't have much room for an aftermarket processor heat-sink. I recommend the Hauppauge HVR-1800 w/remote because it uses PCI express x1. It'll free up other slots and it does over-the-air hd.

I recommend Meedio 1.41 for your front-end and Beyond TV for DVR. Check out my HTPC in my sig for more on my software.
I see the Ultra MicroFly doesn’t include a PSU, does it accept regular sized ones? How does the Meedio 1.41 and Beyond TV combination work and why do you need two programs. Is Meedio 1.41 just like a skin for Beyond TV or is it a program that does the same functions that Windows MCE and Vista Premium/Ultimate do? Could I use Meedio with XP Pro or would that not work? Thanks, you have been most helpful so far, REP+.
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Celeron G540 2.5GHz Intel DZ68AF Micro ATX Asus HD7750 G.SKILL Eco 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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APEVIA PSU = Doooooooom!

I would look for a cheap decent PSU rather than a bundled PSU. If you don't want a 780G, then you will need a video card.... and that will drive up the price of the system to be about the same as a 780G.
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post
I want a MicroATX board.
I see the Ultra MicroFly doesn’t include a PSU, does it accept regular sized ones? How does the Meedio 1.41 and Beyond TV combination work and why do you need two programs. Is Meedio 1.41 just like a skin for Beyond TV or is it a program that does the same functions that Windows MCE and Vista Premium/Ultimate do? Could I use Meedio with XP Pro or would that not work? Thanks, you have been most helpful so far, REP+.
A standard PSU will fit in the MicroFly case.

I use Meedio 1.41 for movies, music, weather, tv series shows, weather and more. It has more options than Windows MCE and Vista. It got bought out by yahoo and was discountiued. There are many plug-ins available and in development. I am currently using Meedio 1.41 with XP Pro. I'm getting ready to upgrade my HTPC and will continue to use Meedio. I haven't found any program that has such customization as Meedio. Meedio may be a little confusing at first, but once you figure it out, it's amazing. If there are any question, you can usually ask them in the MeediOS forums and get a quick response. Here is a quote from MeediOS.com.
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Meedio is a very powerful and configurable Home Theatre front-end for your PC. It was first known as MyHTPC, then Meedio, and finally Yahoo! Go4TV as freeware. Official releases have since ceased and the official forums abandoned. The vibrant developer community have moved here and the activity has only increased. We now have over 450 freeware plugins for Meedio, as well as numerous other projects.
Here is a link that shows some different themes and explains a little about Meedio. Meedio Info.

I use Beyond TV for DVR functionality. It also supports many different brands of tuners. If you have multiple tuners you can record 1 show while watching another, or record 2 shows at once while watching a pre-rerecorded show. If you have more than 2 shows that come on at the same it, Beyond TV will automatically schedule the others to record at a later time. I have 60 some shows setup for recording and have never had any conflicts.
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