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Not my first htpc but figured I'd show it here just in case I'm forgetting something.

Parts I already have are
Amd athlon 215 (soon from market here.)
evga Gt 240 512mb
lite on oem 280w psu (this ran a q6600 and 8500gt, should be good huh?)
4gb ddr3 ripjaws 1600 cas9
avermedia duet atsc tuner

And heres what I'm going to buy from the egg. Any better deal you guys see let me know. I need the switch and cable to get to the bedroom as thats where this is going.

Its cut off but the total is $273 shipped.

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if i may ask, what is the point of the dvd drive?

most htpc nowadays run bd drives.

unless you are using it to install windows 7, why not just use the usb method to install?

leaves your htpc looking sleeker

large hdd. really only need a ssd or a small hdd.
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if i may ask, what is the point of the dvd drive?

most htpc nowadays run bd drives.

unless you are using it to install windows 7, why not just use the usb method to install?

leaves your htpc looking sleeker

large hdd. really only need a ssd or a small hdd.
My kids have a lot of discs that I have burned them over the years. And they still want to use them so I told them it will have a dvd drive. As for BD I do not use discs myself so no need for that. All the HD stuff is stored on my main htpc/file server in living room.

As for the HDD I will make a 30 gig partition for the OS and use the rest for recordings for windows media center.
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If you rock multiple HTPC's with tuners you may want to tinker around with media portal. You install the tv server on any pc, install mediaportal an all htpc's and share the tuners over the network. All recording is done on the server and shows under the recordings for all media-portal setups. Took me a while but I am liking it more than media center at the moment.

You can also make it look better and I feel function better than Media Browser with the StreamedMP and tvseries plugins. The next full version of media portal (MP2) is going to be a full fledged server/client setup so all HTPC's stay synced with what has and hasn't been watched.
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If you rock multiple HTPC's with tuners you may want to tinker around with media portal. You install the tv server on any pc, install mediaportal an all htpc's and share the tuners over the network. All recording is done on the server and shows under the recordings for all media-portal setups. Took me a while but I am liking it more than media center at the moment.

You can also make it look better and I feel function better than Media Browser with the StreamedMP and tvseries plugins. The next full version of media portal (MP2) is going to be a full fledged server/client setup so all HTPC's stay synced with what has and hasn't been watched.
this, ^^^^^
i cant say how much i a love Media Portal over windows media, the plugins for this program are awesome. expecially moving pictures, you can put your movies in a folder, it will read the titles of your movies and imbd.com and download all of fan art and movie information.
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post #6 of 13
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I may have to try that. But I'm pretty partial to Media Browser, which is a plug in for wmc. That also does like you said show's the art and what not.
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I may have to try that. But I'm pretty partial to Media Browser, which is a plug in for wmc. That also does like you said show's the art and what not.
If you want DVD information, cover art, and updates for all your media, as well as skinning and themes for Windows Media Centre, I recommend these add-ons (On top of media browser):

Media Centre Master: - Great tool for getting cover art and other info. Can also schedule torrents and downloads!

DVD Library manager: - Gets movie info off IMDB and Amazon. Brilliant for easily updating your movie library.

Media Centre Studio: - Skinning and themes in WMC. Beats the vanilla look.

As for your build, I would also recommend a Bluray player. It's more future proof and BD players are relatively cheap.
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looks fine, id like into a more reliable psu like corsair and such though.
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I'd get a better PSU

I'd not get 4 gigs of ram for a HTPC
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looks fine, id like into a more reliable psu like corsair and such though.
I have a 550w antec that is in my wifes rig. She is only running integrated graphics with one ssd so I will probably give her the old psu.

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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post
I'd get a better PSU

I'd not get 4 gigs of ram for a HTPC
4 gigs of ram is so cheap why not get it? It will helkp it run smoother anyways. Regardless I already own it so...

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If you want DVD information, cover art, and updates for all your media, as well as skinning and themes for Windows Media Centre, I recommend these add-ons (On top of media browser):

Media Centre Master: - Great tool for getting cover art and other info. Can also schedule torrents and downloads!

DVD Library manager: - Gets movie info off IMDB and Amazon. Brilliant for easily updating your movie library.

Media Centre Studio: - Skinning and themes in WMC. Beats the vanilla look.

As for your build, I would also recommend a Bluray player. It's more future proof and BD players are relatively cheap.
I use media center master as my metadata fetching app. Works great. Don't really need the others.
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