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Ok, so after speaking with uncle about the proposed changes, he's now raising the budget to 600 because he wants more upward mobility down the road. He also wants to have the option of hooking it up to the 50" tv in the living room for media and his bedroom monitor for office work. I have updated the OP again >_<!

I also looked around HK's computer malls today and found out that HK does not carry:
- Samsung F3 (I've only ever found 1 store to carry them, and they had them at a huge premium, but no more stock now)
- Zacate doesn't look like it is out yet. I've seen some mITX builds around but even those are scarce. Mainland gets everything before we do obviously, and some of it leaks to HK through unofficial channels, but those usually charge a huge premium and product legitimacy is very uncertain. I will try to look around some more as it seriously seems like the most cost effective solution, and I doubt he will notice the difference for his tasks.

Prices in OP are based on 7.8HKD:1USD conversion rate. I wish we had newegg prices here ~_~

Thanks for the continued input you guys!
Edited by Velathawen - 2/11/11 at 4:56am
post #22 of 22
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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