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post #1 of 13
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Hello everyone.

This is my first HTPC build for mainly streaming video.
The specs that I have is attached



Feel free to add advice or recommendation as I am totally noob at this kind of build.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by jemping - 1/22/11 at 6:19pm
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post #2 of 13
Can't see the parts - it just takes me to a login page.

IIRC you have to save your shopping cart and make it public or something - I don't know for sure because I'm not from the US.
post #3 of 13
Easier to just take a screen shot.

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Thread Starter 
Fixed. Sorry about that.
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post #5 of 13
If you just want some extra power its great. But you don't need that quad. You can drop it to an athlon x2. And that gpu is overkill. If you want to do mild gaming then its nice but for htpc duties its not needed.

I have a 5450 in mine. If you want a little more something like a 5550, 5570 is plenty.

Great build though. I just built an htpc with an athlon x2 215 that I scored on here for 30 bucks. Paired it with an asus board and a gt 240 (overkill) I had lying around.

Also a decent 400w psu would be plenty.

But if you like the components it is definitely up to the task.
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post #6 of 13
Looks like a decent build for sure. Like lightsout has said, you don't need a card that powerful for an HTPC. If I was building an HTPC now, I'd go with a 5450. Passively cooled, has HDMI, more than enough power to playback 1080p, and can easily fit in a small case.

You could step the CPU down to an Athlon II X2 250 and not notice any real difference, as well.

And then the PSU could also be stepped down to a decent 400W model like lightsout suggested.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
What does TV Tuner do actually?
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post #8 of 13
Watch/ record tv. Generally Stand def cable (NTSC) or OTA (Antenna for locals (ATSC)).
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post #9 of 13
I use a tuner for high def over the air tv. So I get whatever local channels are broadcast for free through an antenna I put on my roof.

The quality is great (1080i) you can then use your pc as a dvr, with a full guide and the ability to schedule recordings.

I use windows media center which is free and comes with windows, add the awesome plug in media browser for all my movies and you have an awesome interface.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by lightsout View Post
I use a tuner for high def over the air tv. So I get whatever local channels are broadcast for free through an antenna I put on my roof.

The quality is great (1080i) you can then use your pc as a dvr, with a full guide and the ability to schedule recordings.

I use windows media center which is free and comes with windows, add the awesome plug in media browser for all my movies and you have an awesome interface.
Media Browser is one of the most awesome things ever invented. And the Pearl theme, although I don't have it anymore because I didn't pay

Only like $10 though; I would pay for it if I actually used WMC more.
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