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This

or this ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112218
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125342
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371020
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231274
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136181

I know it might be obvious but which one is overall better?
Mac Mini- $699
My Build -$689.92
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pretty expensive HTPC build, and not surprising a mac mini would be expensive.

Lian Li is good but there are tons of cheaper alternatives.
Depending where all the movies and data is hosted, a 1TB HD might not be necessary.
Your not gonna be able to fit a full sized ATX board in a matx tower anyway.

GTS 450 is not necessary unless your gonna do some light gaming as well on the HTPC. Onboard video from a 790GX, 785G, 880G etc. chipset w/ HD 34xx or HD 42xx graphics can do HD and Blu ray no problem.

If you want a Nvidia for motherboard + video, there isn't much on newegg except for this board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500021
which is mitx and can make a really nice mitx build.

You can do cheaper ram and CPU as well. It's not necessary unless your gaming.
Edited by darksideleader - 12/31/10 at 9:27am
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Seeing how the mac mini doesn't do blu-ray I'd go with your build. Like said above, that's a pretty serious HTPC. I'd tone it down unless your really need it
    
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its also my brothers gaming build..
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its also my brothers gaming build..
In that case, not bad. Although, do you really need a Blu-ray burner? If I were you, I'd shave ~$50 and just get a combo Blu-ray reader/DVD burner and use the $50 to upgrade to a Phenom II X4 955BE/965BE.
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thats a great idea!!
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If it's your brothers gaming build than there is no question which one is better. Forget about the Mac.
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unless your burner blue ray movies get a blue ray drive for about 60$

Phenom II x2 is overkill, get an Athlon II X2

Ram is solid

PSU is total overkill, you could get by on a CX 500w or CX 430w

You could get a cheaper motherboard, your choice.

Why do you need a GTS 450... get a 430 if your gaming then the GTS 450 is slightly justified.

HDD is solid

you could get an antec 300 for cheaper if space isn't an issue, case is preference
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He already mentioned it's HTPC+Gaming. Corsair's new CX power supplies aren't the same quality as their higher end models. The CX400 was an excellent power supply but they dropped the ball on the new models.

Assuming the OP doesn't plan to install a ton of drives or upgrade the GPU to a GTX 480, one of the following ~$50 PSU's should suffice:
Antec EA-380D
Antec NEO ECO 400C (basically a Seasonic S12II)
SeaSonic S12II 380B
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