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First off, I keep wanting to say "Building AN htpc".. doesn't that sound right? Meh, regardless...


I am trying to build an htpc with ~300 US dollars. I don't need a monitor (obv), monitor/keyboard (for now) or hdd (for now).

Whats the cheapest I can get away with to play videos @ 1080p? Not really sure if even blu ray is necessary at this point.. guess I'm aiming for more or less what my xbox did off the bat (stream from main desktop movies/tv/music/etc.) and in the future be able to put everything on the actual htpc (involving way more space).

I was just hoping someone here would have some good ideas, as I have been searching and haven't been able to find anything

btw.. I live near a microcenter. but newegg otherwise


rep for anyone that can help, or my undying unconditional love for a HTPC for around 300!
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Budget build from HTPC Forum
Sample Build: Low Budget, Small Form Factor
$100 Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX Motherboard
$60 AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
$46 G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-4GBECO 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 Memory
$65 Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$60 Moneual Lab Y601B Micro Case with 300W TFX Power Supply
Total: $331

More info here: HTPC Beginners Guide

Edit: since you don't need the HDD you can add a discret GPU (that mobo has onboard video capable of 1080p streaming), if you want bitstream audio get a HD5450 for around $40 and you are still below $300.
Edited by NorCa - 3/16/11 at 12:56am
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Get a GT430 or similar graphics card
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thank you very much!
Edited by snoogins - 3/16/11 at 4:01pm
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Originally Posted by overclocker23578 View Post
Get a GT430 or similar graphics card
Unnecessary. I play 1080P blu-rays with the 880G chipset (Radeon 4250) and an Athlon II x2 245.
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I just built this:

AMD X2 250
Zotac 880GITX
Low profile 2GB RAM
Lian Li Q08B

Plays anything and everything and doubles as a NAS/torrent box. Was just going to be for data backup originally but then I figured might as well throw XBMC on it and kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

Edit: Forgot about the PSU since I already had one but if you don't like the case/think it's too expensive you can probably find something else that comes with a PSU.
Edited by MotO - 3/18/11 at 5:39am
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Originally Posted by snoogins View Post
First off, I keep wanting to say "Building AN htpc".. doesn't that sound right? Meh, regardless...
Thats because its A htpc not an

Do you need an OS?
Any dual core cpu and cheaper mobo will work. I will always recommend a 5450 or 5550 gpu instead of onboard unless you go i3 (out of your budget)
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