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Originally Posted by Lurikrunch View Post
Hey kmo_9000, is this going to be hooked up to a TV or to a computer monitor? If it's a TV, you might be interested in a build similar to the HTPC I just built. If you order your parts through NCIX, they will price match any advertised price (use Pricecanada to find better deals, then have NCIX match them) and not charge you PST (if you live outside of BC). I ended up saving close to $70 and built my HTPC for about $300 including tax and shipping. It's more than capable of playing even compressed 1080p movies, is utterly silent and looks great with the stereo equipment. If you need it to, it can also function as a workstation for your mom easily.

Anyway, if you aren't hooking this up to a TV, the build still works great as a quiet and reliable workstation. The motherboard can output to DVI and VGA as well as HDMI, so you will be fine hooking it up to a monitor, and the integrated graphics will more than handle any older game you can throw on it.

Parts list:
Gigabyte 780g mATX board, pricematched to $72 (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte)
Generic Crucial RAM, 2x1gb, they were on sale for $8 when I ordered them though, now $24. (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...L%20TECHNOLOGY)
AM2 4400+, pricematched to $59 (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=AMD)
Antec NSK 2480, pricematched to $79, includes 80+% efficiency PSU that's more than capable of running an HTPC (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=ANTEC)

The DVD drive and hard drive I had sitting spare, so I reduced their cost, but if you bought everything new, you could go for about $350 and have a very workable computer.

Also, as for your NewEgg question: yes, it is in American dollars, and they do not ship to Canada.
Its going to be hooked up to a 20 inch TV that im not sure is capably of 1080P, think 1080i is the max. But any TV will do since it will be for movies.

Thanks for the avice. I will probably order a computer similar to that. Just what is an HTPC build mean? Iv never heard of that.
    
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Check out the OB of the 780G


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oh ya I remember this. It was in the news section a while back. Im definently going to buy this.
    
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post #14 of 24
Yea did you read the review I posted about the Gigabyte 780G?
I bought one for a friend and it's amazing for OB.
They are also out in ATX too so you have a choice between ATX and mATX MB.
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post #15 of 24
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Yea did you read the review I posted about the Gigabyte 780G?
I bought one for a friend and it's amazing for OB.
They are also out in ATX too so you have a choice between ATX and mATX MB.
Ya I think im going to get the mATX one just because the case is a good deal. Its almost the price of a cheap PSU but with a case with it. I uset that case that that guy used in his HDPC build in one ov my computers and I know its a good case.

And I will not be buying a GPU now that I know how good the GPU in this Motherboard is.

My only problem now is should I buy a 500 gig or a 750 gig hdd. I pricematched the 750 from 150$ to about 130$, and its everything is still below budget barly without the ram.

If that ram was still 8$ that would be awsome lol, I guess I could try pricematching a 2 gig pack and try getting like 20$.

Oh ya I could not pricematch the gigabyte 780 MB board any lower on NCIX buy searching price canada, dunno ill try again but I will probably not be buying this computer till one or two months.
Edited by kmo_9000 - 5/18/08 at 9:20pm
    
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post #16 of 24
HTCP? i think you mean HDCP, which means high-bandwidth digital content protection. if what you get is not HDCP compatible, hd movies will only be viewable in standard def, so MAKE SURE what you get is HDCP compatible (the whole HD 3xx0 line is, dont worry)
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The only draw back is you can't upgrade to a Phenom 9850 Quad because this mATX MB only supports up to 95w TDP CPU's,but you don't have to worry about that with a 65w Brisbane.
You can even OC the OB if you get good active chipset cooler like a Thermaltake.
http://www.overclock.net/htpc/313038...0g-hd3200.html
Edited by jameskelsey - 5/18/08 at 9:38pm
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HTCP? i think you mean HDCP, which means high-bandwidth digital content protection. if what you get is not HDCP compatible, hd movies will only be viewable in standard def, so MAKE SURE what you get is HDCP compatible (the whole HD 3xx0 line is, dont worry)
The 780G is HDCP.
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Ok this is the final System specs, I just copied and pasted the check out thing and included the pricematches.

The final price with PST and shipping and all will be $479.74, with the majority of the price coming from the 750gig HDD. But it is under the $500 budget so all is good. Tell me what you think of the final specs.
    
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For a HTPC, you will really want a wireless mouse+keyboard.
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