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Ok, I'm not really familiar with amd/ati at all, but I've been looking into putting a htpc together, and just wanted a last "Looks good!" from someone in the know..

Basically, this is going to be a 24x7 media pc, mostly for music to my stereo system + serving music via mpd over the network to my desktop or wherever when I'm in the mood. Going to be running Linux for my primary OS, possibly with a windows dual boot just to check it out.

Case:
Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU:
AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH4050DOBOX - Retail

Ram:
Having a tough time here, currently favoring -
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

Cooler:
Scythe SCMNJ-1000 80mm Sleeve "NINJA MINI" CPU Cooler - Retail

HDD:
Undecided, back and forth between seagate 500GB / 750GB, prob. whichever I can find the best sale on.

Few questions --

How necessary is the cooler? Will it make a large difference over the stock cooler with the CPU? I'd say 90% of the use of this will be for music, but I'd like it to be fairly future-proof for when I do get that nice HDTV and feel like watching a nice movie.

What is the big difference between the hdd's with 16mb cache over 32mb?
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CORE 2 DUO E6300 1.86G OC @ 2.8 Current GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (REV. 3.3) EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
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Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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For the RAM, just get the cheapest 2x1GB DDR2-800 kit.

You should have about 100mm clearence for a HSF. You can probably fit a cheaper/better HSF. I would recommend getting an aftermarket HSF so you can run it at very low speeds so it doesn't make noise.

16mb vs 32mb difference isn't very much. With a HTPC, it doesn't matter at all. You might want to look at the Western Digital GP or the Samsung F1. Performance doesn't really matter in a HTPC. You want low power consumption and quiet.
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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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You should have about 100mm clearence for a HSF. You can probably fit a cheaper/better HSF. I would recommend getting an aftermarket HSF so you can run it at very low speeds so it doesn't make noise.
Cheaper/better than the ninja mini? Do you have any suggestions?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
CORE 2 DUO E6300 1.86G OC @ 2.8 Current GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (REV. 3.3) EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
CORE 2 DUO E6300 1.86G OC @ 2.8 Current GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (REV. 3.3) EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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For my HTPC, i just used the stock cooler, fits and does the job perfectly, were not gaming so generally it won't heat and speed up. Scythe mini Ninja is pretty good nethertheless.

if your ever gonna think of going blu ray, use the 4450x2. 2.2ghz+ recommended.
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For my HTPC, i just used the stock cooler, fits and does the job perfectly, were not gaming so generally it won't heat and speed up. Scythe mini Ninja is pretty good nethertheless.

if your ever gonna think of going blu ray, use the 4450x2. 2.2ghz+ recommended.

I thought blue ray with any of the dual core's would only be like 20% cpu?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
CORE 2 DUO E6300 1.86G OC @ 2.8 Current GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (REV. 3.3) EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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My desk 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
CORE 2 DUO E6300 1.86G OC @ 2.8 Current GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (REV. 3.3) EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 7200 320gb ST3320620AS LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-1 Xp Pro Sp2 Gateway FHD2400 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supp LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Towe Logitech G5 
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