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This post started at:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...vice-htpc.html
It was then only that I realized that there's a section for HTPC^^

The advice was to use back my old parts as below:
e8400
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo
Mushkin 1066 DDR2 2x 2GB
GTX260
Silverstone ST56F

Anything else needed? Thinking of a used SSD (40-60GB) just for OS
Hate slow starts up...

Advice needed on:
Casing
Anything with good air flow

Remote + Keyboard:
Small that's uses thumbs only.

HDD:
Less noise & stable
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Here is my $.02

For a keyboard/remote I use this thing:

It works wonders for a media pc.

For a HDD you wont need a ton of speed for the simple reason you wont be loading a ton of random files, it will mostly be sequential read. With that in mind a high capacity blue or green WD drive will work fine, they are also a lot quieter than the black drives.

You have a standard ATX motherboard so you will need a case to fit that. Silverstone and Lian-Li both make excellent HTPC cases that are stylish and fit in anywhere a home theater would go. Most of them come with fairly quiet fans but you can always upgrade them. Just be sure you have a heat sink that will fit the case.
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That's the keyboard that I have in mind. Not too expensive...

I'll look into the mentioned casing. TY
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That looks pretty much like the one I'm putting together. Only difference is I'm using a Gigabyte board and a 5850. For my case I picked up a Fractal Design Refine R3 and a couple extra fans. I'm using a Caviar Black for OS plus games and a Caviar Green for media. I haven't decided on a keyboard and mouse either, but I did pick up a Futura lap desk to make it easier to use. It works well with my laptop too. I'll let you know how the case works out when I get it all put together.

Edit: For the remote I was originally looking at the Rosewill one, but I'm reading it'll turn on and off the 360, so I'm looking for one of those too.
Edited by BackwardPawn - 4/15/11 at 7:15pm
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I'd actually suggest swapping out the GTX 260 for a card that's more suited for HTPC use. The GTX 260 only supports VP2 which doesn't do full VC-1 decode acceleration, not to mention being quite power hungry.
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post #6 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by lithgroth007 View Post
For a HDD you wont need a ton of speed for the simple reason you wont be loading a ton of random files, it will mostly be sequential read.
Speak for yourself. I use Media Browser in my HTPC and having an SSD definitely speeds up loading of movie/TV show metadata and posters - basically lots of small, random files.

I do agree it's not necessary for actual media storage. Besides, it's not as if you can store Blu-ray rips on a teeny 40GB SSD.
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