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post #1 of 18
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I've been on the search for some good used parts and this is what I've pieced together so far. Let me know your opinions and if I should upgrade a certain aspect.

CPU : Intel E6320
MOBO : Zotac G31MAT-B-E
RAM : 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline
GPU : PNY Nvidea GeForce 8800GT
PSU : OCZ GameXStream 700w
DVD : Asus DVD Burner (New)
Case : Thermaltake LANBOX Lite
HDD : 80GB Hitachi IDE Drive (Extra around the house)
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post #2 of 18
the only thing you have marked as new is the dvd burner. You have all the other parts? It should all work fine but I would not suggest that GPU, case or psu if they are being bought new.
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Western Digital Blue 500gb none Windows 7 x64 46" lcd 
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post #3 of 18
I really like that case.
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post #4 of 18
A bigger harddrive when you can get one? Movies and other media can take a lot of space depending on format...and 1tb drives are pretty cheap now
    
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post #5 of 18
gpu, i wouldnt do, those are very loud when they get warm. would stay with nvidia though, expcially with an hdmi output with sound.
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post #6 of 18
that GPU is power hungry, hotter and overkill for a HTPC.
Try to find a GPU that does not require a 6 pin PCI-e plug. Don't limit yourself to Nvidia, ATI really is the better choice for HTPC's.
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post #7 of 18
for an htpc you barely need any power. here is my setup looks like

case: $20 shipped rosewill case newegg
mobo + cpu combo from fry's: e5200 + gigbyte $70
psu generic dell psu 350 watt: free
hdd: $35 wd blue 500 gig
gpu: $15 from newegg ar ATi 4550
ram: 2 gig $30
total: $170
this setup can play any source games at low resolution and play any 1080p blu ray movies.
post #8 of 18
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The 80GB hard drive is just an internal for the OS. Eventually I will throw some TB drives in the case but right now I have my media on an external TB. The item marked (new) was the only item that was priced new in the $180 total.

- I negotiated the LANBOX for free with the cpu, mobo & ram so I'm probably going to stick with that case for a bit.

- I chose the GPU because it was cheap ($30) and enables me to play games. What would you suggest instead of this?

- What do you not like about the PSU?
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post #9 of 18
700w PSU is overkill. Maybe get an Antec 430w Basiq to lower the cost even more?
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post #10 of 18
Just a suggestion, I dont know your exact wants:

But if you have all your movies currently stored on either disk or a main computer, a Playstation 3 makes a great HTPC. Blu-Ray player and surround sound capable, use Playstation Media Server allows you to watch any file type on the PS3 streaming from your main computer and the ability to exapnd the hard drive if you really want to store things on it.

I was trying to piece together a cheap HTPC ealier this year and someone recommended the PS3, and at first I thought it was a joke and wouldnt work or be worth it, but I eventually decided it really was the best choice.
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