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post #1 of 9
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I'm dropping from the powerful desktop scene because I don't use the full potential. What I'm looking to buy next is a computer that is quiet, small, and powerful enough to play blu-ray quality movies from file and also stream up to 1080p quality flash videos without stuttering.

Doesn't have to be silent but it's a plus
MicroATX at max, but smaller is better...for this at least lol!
Doesn't need an actual blu-ray ROM.
3-4GB of RAM is preferred.
It will run Windows 7 Ultimate. Most likely x64, but I can go x86 too.

My budget is $300.
I have peripherals, monitor, and all that. Just need the computer. Oh, I have a 500GB 3.5" harddrive and an OCZ Vertex if those can be reused. If not I'll just use the SSD and my portable hard drive.

I'm okay to buying used parts from members here on OCN.

Thank you!
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WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
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WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
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post #2 of 9
i could suggest buying a ps3 for doing blue-ray and then just use your rig your using now to stream to it.or check over on newegg.com or tigerdirect.com both of them sites are fair on pricing.they even have barebone kits foer blue ray within them so check them out too
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WD BLUE Cavair 1600 X2 (Raid 0) Lightscribe DVD-DL RAM Drive Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit/Ubuntu 10.10 32' Polaroid TV 720P/E-Machine E19T5W 
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WD BLUE Cavair 1600 X2 (Raid 0) Lightscribe DVD-DL RAM Drive Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit/Ubuntu 10.10 32' Polaroid TV 720P/E-Machine E19T5W 
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Well no, I don't need a blu-ray player at all. Just need the computer to be powerful enough to play up to that quality from file.
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Intel C2D E8400 C0 Foxconn G31MV-K EVGA 8800GT 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
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Logitech Wave Corsair HX520 ThermalTake Armor Logitech Trackball T-BC21 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
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post #4 of 9
I think you're going to need more than $300 for a HTPC.

The cases are quite expensive.

All you really need is one of those low profile video cards and those will play 1080P with no problems.
post #5 of 9
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Basically I don't even care about one of the HTPC cases. I just want something that doesn't take up much space.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wave Corsair HX520 ThermalTake Armor Logitech Trackball T-BC21 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WesternDigital VelociRaptor 150GB WesternDigital 750GB Windows 7 Professonal x64 HP L1906 
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Logitech Wave Corsair HX520 ThermalTake Armor Logitech Trackball T-BC21 
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post #6 of 9
Ok. I just bought my setup a couple of weeks ago and I love it! It plays blurays with no problem. I got some open boxes, so my total was $257.94 before shipping, but with no open boxes it comes to a couple bucks above $300 before shipping. I LOVE the motherboard.

ASRock 880GMH - 99.99
WINTEC AMPX 4GB - 42.99
AMD Athlon II X2 255 - 62.99
Antec EarthWatts 380W - 39.99
Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case - 59.99

This should be a starting point for you... The mobo was a $60 open box, but came perfect! Same with my ram, which was sold open box for $24. Look around for good open box deals. I have never had problems with them. the case is great! Although it's cable management is a little tough, it works. I plan on posting some pics of my interior once I get a optical drive in it.. Good luck!!
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RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ASUS 21" & LG 20" Razer Lycosa SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W 
CaseMouse
Silverstone FT02 Razer Mamba 
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Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 880GMH/USB3.0 Wintec DDR3 4GB Intel X25-M 80 GB 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 with XBMC Iogear wireless keyboard/mouse GKM561R Antec EarthWatts Green 380D Silverstone MLO3B 
MotherboardRAMHard DriveOS
GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 Samsung 1x4GB 2 gig USB OpenElec XBMC 
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8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
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Silverstone FT02 Razer Mamba 
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Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 880GMH/USB3.0 Wintec DDR3 4GB Intel X25-M 80 GB 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 with XBMC Iogear wireless keyboard/mouse GKM561R Antec EarthWatts Green 380D Silverstone MLO3B 
MotherboardRAMHard DriveOS
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post #7 of 9
Side-note, I didn't get a separate video card, I just use the onboard and it has no problems with 1080 playback.
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i5 2500k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Diamond 6950 EVGA GTX 275 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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CaseMouse
Silverstone FT02 Razer Mamba 
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Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 880GMH/USB3.0 Wintec DDR3 4GB Intel X25-M 80 GB 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
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i5 2500k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Diamond 6950 EVGA GTX 275 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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CaseMouse
Silverstone FT02 Razer Mamba 
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Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 880GMH/USB3.0 Wintec DDR3 4GB Intel X25-M 80 GB 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 with XBMC Iogear wireless keyboard/mouse GKM561R Antec EarthWatts Green 380D Silverstone MLO3B 
MotherboardRAMHard DriveOS
GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 Samsung 1x4GB 2 gig USB OpenElec XBMC 
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post #8 of 9
Wait for Llano (early July). If not, I suggest the following for hassle-free playback (no matter the video format/codec/bitrate, bar Blu-ray 3D):

Athlon II X2 260, $70
MSI 880GM-E41, $65
Rosewill R-101-P-BK, $30
2x2GB DDR3 1600, $45
Antec EA-380D, $40

Alternately, if you've got a MicroCenter nearby, check out their mobo/CPU combos. Just make sure the motherboard chipset is one of the following:
780G
785G
790GX
880G
890GX
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Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
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Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
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Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
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Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
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Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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post #9 of 9
Antec ISK 300-150 - $80
ZOTAC 880GITX-A-E - $115
AMD Athlon II X2 245 - $60
WINTEC AMPX 4GB - $43
Use your SSD - $0
TOTAL - $298
Edited by ogboba - 4/13/11 at 1:18pm
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