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So I know a lot of you have HTPC's and I am looking to build something or buy something to stream my movies. I was looking at buying a boxee box or just building an htpc. What do you all recommend? I want it to have easy access to netflix and hulu (huluplus) as well as movies and tv shows.
I would also like to control it easily with my iphone 4 or a logitech harmony remote.
What would you suggest?

My other question and my main one actually is I have a 300gb ide hard drive that I am not using. I was wondering if I would be able to use that for the htpc or I was also thinking about building a vortexbox system for my music. Can I use an ide hard drive or is it not recommended?

thanks guys
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Your IDE drive will be fine for HTPC. They aren't that demanding.
If you like building, go ahead and make one up. HTPC's are different and can be a fun new puzzle to wrap your brain around.

If you're not a fan of building, grab a boxee box. It'll be easy.
You might also think about a Roku, especially the XD-S. Very cheap. Very easy. And adds a USB port for media library. Only pulls 6 watts.
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IDE will be fine, I use 40gig hard drive just for the OS.

Work was giving away some 40gig maxtor and WD hard drives for free so I picked up a couple.
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IDE will be fine, I use 40gig hard drive just for the OS.

Work was giving away some 40gig maxtor and WD hard drives for free so I picked up a couple.
Is the ide gonna be ok if maybe I wanted to use it for a vortexbox for music instead??
Also my biggest question is how do I know if the ide will be compatible? the motherboard? KNow of any good for an htpc or vortexbox that has is?
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noooo, stay away from ati when it comes to htpc. i`m not being an intel fanboy but really, if you want a good-good htpc its either atom or the celeron e3300, google it, its about as fast as a c2d and it only uses 20watts.

for the video card, hd5550(hd5450 will be grinding hard so get some headroom) or gt430, i lean on nvidia because they pass hdmi audio without connectors and they have the future 3d output.

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70$(ouch) termaltake lanbox(aint it cute?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133045

50$ celeron ftw(its a god**** c2d for crist sake, they just took out 2mb of cache) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-264-_-Product
reviews : http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_8.html#sect0
(ati seems to eat a buttload of power compared to intel, thats why i lean to it)

60$ motherboard(you can pick anything but i preffer those mobos that has ddr3, less power consumption and more headroom for OC, well, if you plan to) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131650
(you have an option between ddr2 and ddr3 on this mobo.)

50-70$ GPU(its either these two and dont go below, because you`d suffer when playing high-res and with those eye-candy enchancement, it doesnt hurt to give a headroom but it freakin hurts when you put overkill parts on it. ex: gtx570) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-397-_-Product or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...407R-_-Product

46$ ram (2x2gb is more than enough) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104206
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sums up to around 300$, tho lacks the blue-ray room and a couple of harddisks, if you change the case then you get it more cheaper.
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