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Super cheap HTPC build. I plan to put this Rig in my room. Main purpose is to stream Movies,Music,Pics from my server in another room and from the internet.
No plans to OC so I'll leave the POS MoBo in there. HTPC cases does not have good airflow anyways.

Components:
Intel 2100 SB + H61M-P23 Combo - 99 + Tax =110
2x2GB Hypers - got this AR and 15% off Newegg = $23
KT-600 HTPC case w/550W PSU and Remote in eBay = $60
2x 750GB OEM Seagate HD =$30 bucks each =$60 total
EVGA 9800 GT got this 2 for $100 @ TigerDirect = $50 or
Galaxy 9500 GT $30 Rebate = $ 5
I have a spare DVD-RW but I can easily get this for $15 So Just add 15 from the total. I didn't buy it so I'll just put the total money I spent.

total with 9800 GT = $303
total with 9500 GT = $258

Now, My dilema is Do I put the 9800GT or 9500GT. for my purpose, What do you guys think? Please let me know. I am leaving the 9500GT there for now. I still need to connect the cables and Install Win 7 and OSX (That's why I have 2 HD's).






This price is hard to beat IMO.
Edited by jethro_static - 10/22/11 at 11:29am
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post #2 of 22
9800gt. its nice to have the extra horsepower if you ever want to run blu-ray, or have to do some encoding in a pinch.
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please tell me that 9800 isnt sitting on carpet
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please tell me that 9800 isnt sitting on carpet
it's sittin on the carpet. I rub it too and try to shock myself.
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Originally Posted by jethro_static View Post
it's sittin on the carpet. I rub it too and try to shock myself.
lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jethro_static View Post
it's sittin on the carpet. I rub it too and try to shock myself.
Lol.
How are HTPC cases, and cooling?
post #7 of 22
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9800gt. its nice to have the extra horsepower if you ever want to run blu-ray, or have to do some encoding in a pinch.
^^^This. I plan to put a BD reader DVD-RW Combo. Now, I'm sure. Thanks
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Lol.
How are HTPC cases, and cooling?
We're gonna find out soon. There are 2 120mm on the top of the MoBo. But the 120x25mm is hitting the board. I can put 2 80mm instead or buy a 120x20.
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oh I missed that combo deal at MC Btw, great build, that should be a gaming build so put that 9800gt in there so you can game on your hdtv occasionally.
    
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it's sittin on the carpet. I rub it too and try to shock myself.
jethro_static, after all
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