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So I've been browsing around a bit, and I have decided that once I graduate college, I am going to build me and fiancée an HTPC for our bedroom. I already have a wireless card and TV Tuner that I will pull from my sig rig, and a 500 gig HDD, and a 1TB mybook live that I will rip all of my dvds and some blurays onto. So I'm thinking of getting these. I'm on a budget of about 150 before the case..

GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128469

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103903

CORSAIR XMS3 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145183

Also, I need to be able to output in 1080. Thanks for looking!!

EDIT: Maybe this case. Looks pretty nice for the price! http://cgi.ebay.com/KT-400-HTPC-Blac...2#ht_599wt_905
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post #2 of 19
Going to need an ATI 5450 or 5550.
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post #3 of 19
yh 5450 or 5550 as said above
As for the case it depends entirely on the look you want and how much you want to spend on it
The ebay case looks alright, personally I would go with an Antec Fusion or similar. I have seen them going on forums for around £70
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post #4 of 19
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Is there any combo that I could do to go a little cheaper? The extra $50 for a 5450 is starting to push it. Could I get a nicer mobo that costs like, $20 instead?

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yh 5450 or 5550 as said above
As for the case it depends entirely on the look you want and how much you want to spend on it
The ebay case looks alright, personally I would go with an Antec Fusion or similar. I have seen them going on forums for around £70
And I would agree. The Antec fusion looks beautiful and I would love to get that eventually, but right now I don't have that kind of cash to spring on the case...
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post #5 of 19
I use the 880g onboard video (Radeon 4250) for HTPC needs and it works great but of course, a 5450 would work better in certain situations.
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Ok. So what I'm getting is that getting a physical video card is almost needed. I guess I just saw a lot of HTPCs with just onboard video that I figured it would be ok. But I don't want to mess with one of my blurays not playing because I didn't get a video card..
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post #7 of 19
Zacate - $109
4GB DDR3 - $40

This is an APU. CPU/GPU together. Low wattage so you can leave it on all day and it won't use much power AND it plays 1080p flawlessly. I just built my new HTPC with the ASUS Deluxe board because it comes with WiFi and its overclockable with some other added features that I found worth it.

Oh, you didn't mention a PSU....I got an nMediaPC 85w PSU which is more then capable for this setup along with several HDD's if need be to hold all your files. Full load my setup burns 35watts, idles at 22w.
Edited by Shadowclock - 3/22/11 at 2:24pm
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post #8 of 19
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Zacate - $109
4GB DDR3 - $40

This is an APU. CPU/GPU together. Low wattage so you can leave it on all day and it won't use much power AND it plays 1080p flawlessly. I just built my new HTPC with the ASUS Deluxe board because it comes with WiFi and its overclockable with some other added features that I found worth it.

Oh, you didn't mention a PSU....I got an nMediaPC 85w PSU which is more then capable for this setup along with several HDD's if need be to hold all your files. Full load my setup burns 32watts, idles at 22w.
Im hoping to use a psu from whatever case I endup getting. Would that be ok?
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Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post
Im hoping to use a psu from whatever case I endup getting. Would that be ok?
Yes that will be fine. I only suggest the 85w power brick because under tests with Zacate, the full system ended up using 30-40w less power under that smaller PSU vs a full blown one like a 330w or the like.
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post #10 of 19
The mobo is not going to GPU accelerate most forms of HD video. Just saying.
Shell out a bit of extra cash, get this, you win
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