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I'm a nub on HTPC's so please rip this apart if you have better (cheaper) suggestions!

Mobo:

I went with the ASRock 880GMH because it has HDMI and S/PDIF out.
This will be used for BlueRay/DVD, Netflix, Hulu, etc...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157218

CPU:

I decided on the Phenom II X2 555BE, due to the potential to unlock all 4 cores, if not still a good dual core for $90. Is this severe overkill?
EDIT:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

Memory:

2 GB of cheap Kingston DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134793

Cheap BRD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106325

Case:

Not set on this case by any means but just need something small and cheap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811208038

I have a 160GB spare I'll be throwing in for now.

Total price (not including MS Windows or shipping)- $318.95 (minus $10 MIB and $5 new egg gift card total is: $303.95)
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k 4.8 Ghz 1.45v ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 Intel onboard Mushkin Blackline 10-11-10-28 2133 1.5v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda N/A Rasa RX360 kit Ubuntu 10.10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
N/A N/A Raidmax 730 Watt IN WIN Dragon Rider 
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2600k 4.8 Ghz 1.45v ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 Intel onboard Mushkin Blackline 10-11-10-28 2133 1.5v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda N/A Rasa RX360 kit Ubuntu 10.10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
N/A N/A Raidmax 730 Watt IN WIN Dragon Rider 
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Nice setup with all your parts. The X2 is a good choice but I wouldn't even worry about unlocking it. A quad HTCP is overkill.

Check this case out. I use it and it is really nice.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...029&CatId=3428
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4Ghz@1.4V Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Asus R9 270x DCUII TOP G.SKILL Ripjaw X (2x4GB) 1600 8-9-9-23  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB / WD AV-GP 1TB / 2TB Swiftech H220 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Asus VH232H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm QuickFire TK (Brown Switches / White LED) Corsair AX850 Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White Razer Imperator 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 ES 3.2GHz @ 1.4V DFI LanParty UT P35-T2R EVGA 9800GTX Crucial Ballistix (2x2GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
WD Velociraptor 80GB / Samsung F3 500GB Corsair H50 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Linux Mint (Cinnamon) Corsair TX650v2 (Seasonic) 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 9500 Abit AN-M2HD Gigabyte HD4350 512MB OCZ Gold 6400 (2x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Raptor 300GB openSUSE Corsair CX400 (Seasonic) Apevia X-Qpack (Windowed) 
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Stormtrooper
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LanParty
(13 items)
 
Spare Parts
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4Ghz@1.4V Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Asus R9 270x DCUII TOP G.SKILL Ripjaw X (2x4GB) 1600 8-9-9-23  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB / WD AV-GP 1TB / 2TB Swiftech H220 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Asus VH232H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm QuickFire TK (Brown Switches / White LED) Corsair AX850 Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White Razer Imperator 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 ES 3.2GHz @ 1.4V DFI LanParty UT P35-T2R EVGA 9800GTX Crucial Ballistix (2x2GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
WD Velociraptor 80GB / Samsung F3 500GB Corsair H50 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Linux Mint (Cinnamon) Corsair TX650v2 (Seasonic) 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 9500 Abit AN-M2HD Gigabyte HD4350 512MB OCZ Gold 6400 (2x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Raptor 300GB openSUSE Corsair CX400 (Seasonic) Apevia X-Qpack (Windowed) 
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post #3 of 3
why that case the psu sucks and the keyboard and mouse are not wireless?
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