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Hi everybody, I need some help! I currently use my PS3 to stream my movies and TV shows from my PC and watch Netflix. It works well and looks great on my 57" HDTV. I really want to stream Hulu and hopefully cancel my cable and go to only streaming, once I can convince my brother that its the way to go. I recently downloaded Boxee on my laptop and started playing with it and the different apps for it and I love it. The UI is awesome and looks great. I'm pretty much hooked!! I havent watched a live TV show in weeks and would be fine without normal cable but my brother is not a big "tech" person and really doesnt see how great this all could be, but he does see the advantage of saving $100 a month! What I want to do is build a HTPC that will replace my PS3 for streaming my movies, Netflix, Hulu, and my boxee needs. I will use the PC for some web surfing and stuff on occasion but thats about it. What I want is 1080P streaming, plenty of room for a pretty good collection of movies and music. If possible I would love to also use this as the main source of my media to share with other devices in the house. I already have a 1TB drive in my current PC that I will use to save a few $$$ everything else will need to be purchased. I want to keep this on a budget so any help woiuld be greatly appreciated!! This will be in my entertainment center with my PS3 and my Onkyo receiver so a black case would be preferred. I will probably be using Win7 as my OS.

Please give me some advice or suggestions for my build! And I will make sure to make a build thread.

Thanks in advance
Edited by Ge-off - 12/21/10 at 7:58pm
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If you look at my "Atom HTPC" system, your gonna want a system almost exactly like it. I use it for Blu-ray and all my media play back on my TV.

I'll get back to you with how much it costs.
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Knowing your budget is going to be the key. Onboard 4250 GPU will play 1080p without any issues. I just used this case in a HTPC build for a friend and it's pretty nice give then price.

For a budget build I would go this route:

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W

Total is $201, just need to grab a DVD or BluRay drive, keyboard / remote and OS.
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Originally Posted by Nutty Pumpkin View Post
If you look at my "Atom HTPC" system, your gonna want a system almost exactly like it. I use it for Blu-ray and all my media play back on my TV.

I'll get back to you with how much it costs.
Thanks for the replies guys! Do you have a link to the build??


Mudfrog:

My budget is around $300 but saving is always great... I will not need a blue ray drive becuase I have my PS3 and I'll just rob the DVD drive from my current pc. Will that processor and motherboard be good with streaming 1080P and high quality audio?? Is USB 3.0 a big deal? My current pc is hooked up to my Onkyo receiver via optical and it does not sound very good. The picture looks great though. Is this normal? Should I expect audio similar to my PS3 from my HTPC??
Thanks again for the help!
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The processor and onboard gpu will work great. As for the audio I'm not sure whats going on. I use onboard sound going to my Pioneer receiver and it sounds great to me.
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For ram with windows 7 or XP you will be good with 2x1gb ram.
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LOL nice pic!

Its amazing to me how inexpensive these builds can be! The PC I am on right now I built about 5 years ago and cost me about $800 for a solo core AMD 939 socket Athelon 64 3500... These mATX systems will blow it away for a fraction of the price! I was thinking of possibly upgrading this processor to a x2 and maybe using that but the processor by itself off of ebay is between $75-$100... Thats half the price of the new build!

So with Mudfrog's build I will be able to stream 1080P without a problem and use Hulu desktop without any lag?? The onboard graphics will be able to handle it? I tried with my PC and it was like a slideshow and I really want to stop using my PS3 for streaming movies and stuff, its too loud with that damn fan and im afraid racking up the hours on it like that will just lead to premature failure.


BTW I have been playing with Boxee and its such a cool program... This HTPC is stuff right up my alley, mixing audio /video with geeky computer stuff Thanks for all the help guys and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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Yep, the build I posted up will play it perfectly. Built almost identical setups for friends with no issues.
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So i made the plunge and placed my order for my new goodies from Newegg on Tuesday... I was thinking it would be here by Friday without a problem since everything was coming from So Cal. BUT I did not realize that today is considered a holiday for UPS!! They did not deliver any Ground packages today

So now I have to wait until Monday to get my stuff... AHHHHHHH!!

Well It gives me something to look forward to, cant wait to put it all together!

Here is my order:

1 x ($42.99) MB BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 RTL
$42.99

1 x ($59.99) CPU AMD|ATH II X2 250 3.0G AM3 RT
$59.99

1 x ($7.99) FLASH 4G|PATRIOT FLDRV PSF4GUSB R (FREE WITH RAM)
$7.99

1 x ($72.99) MEM 2Gx2|PATRIOT PGV34G1333ELK RT ($25 MIR)
$72.99

1 x ($49.99) HTPC CASE HEC| 7K09BBA30FNRX 300W R
$49.99

1 x ($44.99) HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320418AS - OEM (-$8 INSTANT)
$44.99

1 x ($-7.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #24848
$-7.99

1 x ($-8.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE
$-8.00

Total with tax and shipping = $293.40 (-$25 MIR) = $268.40
Edited by Ge-off - 12/31/10 at 11:22pm
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