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My first HTPC/ComputerMod/MCC, help, advice welcome

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Hey guys hope someone can help me, I been thinking about building a HTPC for a while now, and I decided to finally give its ago, this will also be my first computer mod as I'm planning to build a case and customise GUI to my liking, I'm going to be using mythbuntu and possibly windows 7 64bit to power it.

So first question any one got a good advice to share about build a custom case, as my name imply, I'm a bit of Amiga fan and in 1999 Gateway planed to basically do a HTPC, it was called the AmigaMCC, (Multimedia Coverage Computer) the case they showed is the one I plan to build.
Loads of details and pics here http://www.vincentperkins.com/AmigaNG/mcc.php
I'm thinking wood for the out side, just the front bit really I'm not a 100% how to do it.

Second question is hardware, I'm been looking into micro ATX and mini itx boards, I don't think I can fit a full sized gfx card so been leaning towards a on board graphics solution and cpu, but I don't know if it will meet my requirements, main users for this machine is HD video, Blu-Ray, Flash videos, web surfing, Emulator, and maybe would be nice play PC games say up a few years ago like Half Life 2. Plus also is there any Freeview HD turners on the market that linux supports, failing that what is the best turner for mythbutu?

My budget is £500 but could stretch it a bit more if you can convince me it worth it.

Any way thanks very much to anyone who even just reads this, I will continue to use Google search it is how I ended up here for advice on a build, so thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
First question-
Looks challenging. I believe you can do it by using a chisel to give a better shape. You need a lot of patience and practice to get a perfect workmanship. I strongly recommend you to use a vice to hold it in place. Definitely if you want to make something like this you need a lot of sanding.

Second question-
I recommend you to get H67 Mini-ATX form factor. It is the latest Sandy Bridge platform which offer better low to mid end gaming segment and great for HD videos. It uses Intel HD 2000 IGP, (Integrated graphics processing). I recommend you Intel Core i5 2300 or if you want to save a bit more money, you can wait until Intel release cheaper i3 2100 without turbo boost version 2 on February. For operating system, Windows 7 Home premium is great because it has more features and can play games than most linux or ubuntu operating system.

Budget likewise, I don't have time to help you. But I had a feeling it will stay less than 500 Pounds.
Edited by marcz123 - 1/15/11 at 5:57am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 760 Gigabyte P55-UD3P AMD Radeon HD6870 (Sapphire) Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB LG GH-22 Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Philips 230E(Main screen) Acer AL1916W(Secondary) Rosewill RK9100 Mechanical CherryMX Blue Keyboard Aerocool E85M-700W 
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Ikonik EN2-WB Logitech MX518 Razer Goliathus AKG GHS 1 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 760 Gigabyte P55-UD3P AMD Radeon HD6870 (Sapphire) Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB LG GH-22 Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Philips 230E(Main screen) Acer AL1916W(Secondary) Rosewill RK9100 Mechanical CherryMX Blue Keyboard Aerocool E85M-700W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Ikonik EN2-WB Logitech MX518 Razer Goliathus AKG GHS 1 
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post #3 of 5
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thanks for the reply,

just thought I'd let you know that I think I picked the motherboard GA-H67-USB3 when it comes out and depending on the price I hope I can streach to get Intel Core i5-2400. hope i dont have to wait too long, unless you can recommend another board, cant seem to find much on H67 boards, but then I guess they only just been demoed at ces but this one sound like it will hit all the marks.

Now is there a freeview HD decoder on the market for PC?
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Just thought I' let you know I started my project, view my progress

http://www.vincentperkins.com/AmigaNG/build.php

Thanks for your help. I know where to come is I get stuck.
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Its pritty much done, for any one who wanted to know!
more pic and info on http://www.vincentperkins.com/AmigaNG/build.php
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