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My First HTPC Build (Beginning)

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Hey everyone:

So after I finished building my server, my next project is to build a HTPC. Attached is my current WishList for the build.


http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/8207/robhtpc.png

Let me know if anything should be changed out. Would love recommendations.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 18
It all looks solid, except maybe the drive. Not sure why you would want a SSD or only 80GB of capacity, but to each his own. I personally would go with HDDs with larger capacity for more media; 80GB can fill up pretty quick.
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Am I a missing something.. 200 for a c2d? If I am missing something lemme know!
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Windows 7 64 Bit LG 32LD400 32-Inch Logitech k360 OCZ ModXtreme Pro 500 
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Silverstone Grandia GD07B Logitech M510 
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Intel Celeron G620 Gigabyte Z68MX-UD2H-B3 G-Skill Eco 4gb WD 160GB Blue 
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Am I a missing something.. 200 for a c2d? If I am missing something lemme know!
I think you're thinking of the 6xxx's. The E8500 is a beast. Although I question why he needs that much power....

And like the poster above said, ditch the SSD. You don't really need that. Unless you have the cash just laying around begging to be blown, spend that amount on some huge hard drives, to store all of your media!
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post #5 of 18
If I were you I would update your sig rig with the money you are spending on this and just retire your sig rig to HTPC duty. Thats just me though...
    
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post #6 of 18
If this is strictly as a HTPC....

You can get 2TB HDDs for less than $70 shipped.

You only need a 30-40GB SSD at most.

Why bother with a Core 2 build? AMD Zacate or AM3 build is cheaper and provides better video. An Intel i3 2100 is another choice as well.
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post #7 of 18
I would ditch the E8500.. its just not worth 200 bucks anymore. Go with what Duckie pointed out.
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post #8 of 18
i think that ssd size would be ok. it depends on what he's putting into it i guess. what im wondering about is why he has second hard drive. if it's for storage, isnt that what he just built his server for?

getting a newer cpu would allow you to use ddr3 memory which as far as i know is cheaper then ddr2
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post #9 of 18
I have to same case and love it! despite some heat issues i had during summer but a new CPU heatsink and some side fans fixed that! best case for a HTPC IMO

Also to keep my hard drive cool i mounted a fan under the HDD rack which took some drilling but now the hard drive is super cool.
Edited by paulzy - 3/25/11 at 4:58am
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post #10 of 18
It's not 2007 anymore. Socket 775/Core 2 Duo is long outdated. At this point I would go with an AM3 build or LGA1155 build. Same performance, 3x less cost. Or you could stick with this budget and get a top end AM3+ or 2600k/2500k build and for the same price get 3x the performance
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