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hey guys,

I'm looking to build an HTPC that will be used for DVR, live TV, basic video and music streaming, and be an all around media storage device (just some music and movies). Unfortunately i know nothing about HTPCs and need some major help putting together this build. It will not be used for gaming in the slightest, and i would prefer it small and quiet. A full ATX is fine, just use your best judgement in whether a case is small or not (and no i do not consider a MM case small ). My budget for this build is around $600 for everything; parts, remote, OS, etc. (no i do not need a TV). I am open to any suggestions be it in parts, software, and methods for doing certain things, so please help me out. If there are any question you have, please ask. Any recommendation is welcome

Thank you in advance.

EDIT: i would much prefer something along the lines of

rather than a full keyboard and mouse or just a regular remote.
Edited by eskamobob1 - 4/15/11 at 9:51pm
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Ok now do you ever plan to use it for ANYTHING other than the listed operations? For instance, I built an HTPC recently (fukurou in my sig) and as you can tell its just a wee bit overkill for just HTPC-esque functions, however I also use it for energy-efficient F@H and as a web and game server..

depending on your answer, it will COMPLETELY change the way you approach this.
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I would like to be able to play back videos I recorded and music is have on my other comps on the same network... But other than that it will stick strictly to the list provided
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Alright well that makes things fairly simple, as honestly the only things you really need here are a decent tv-tuner card and some spacious hard drives. The rest comes down to what is cheapest.

Also quietness and compactness have some value.


Is it going to be wireless btw? Cause most wireless cards and adapters wont handle streaming high res video and such very well if at all. You would have to hunt for a particularly nice one.
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I like the zacate so I will say
antec isk case
asrock zacate
EDIT-took out ssd put in a 2tb drive $80
2x2gb ram and remote control
Avermedia dual tuner
windows 7 $100
$503 to your door w/ edited hard drive
Add the rii for 40 and you are under budget.
Edited by hick - 4/17/11 at 6:56pm
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I like the zacate so I will say
antec isk case
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40gb ssd
2x2gb ram and remote control
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windows 7 $100
$530 to your door
Add the rii for 40 and you are under budget.
Nonono lose the SSD, replace with a half decent small os HD and a big ass "green" drive for recording to. Prolly save money in the process too.

Otherwise its all personal taste

EDIT: oh and he wants a remote I think. and tuner isnt too great.
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Nonono lose the SSD, replace with a half decent small os HD and a big ass "green" drive for recording to. Prolly save money in the process too.

Otherwise its all personal taste

EDIT: oh and he wants a remote I think. and tuner isnt too great.
The tuner rocks
I don't know why I did an SSD with a tv tuner, cancel the SSD and grab a 2tb green drive. You gain no benefit of having 1 drive for OS and other recording.
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I will be running off Ethernet and I actualy have a spare 40gb HDD that I will probably slap in for an os drive... And I have been searching around... Will I be able to view all the cox channels with a good codec and that card?
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I will be running off Ethernet and I actualy have a spare 40gb HDD that I will probably slap in for an os drive... And I have been searching around... Will I be able to view all the cox channels with a good codec and that card?
40gb will be just fine for OS, grab a Green of w/e size you deem fit for recording as well. Ethernet is good.. Yer pretty much open to anything you want - its not a demanding build at all and you really dont seem to have many if any constraints.

You could either opt to save some money or you can expend your full budget making it look fancy or something. I dunno what your particular fancies are.

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The tuner rocks
I don't know why I did an SSD with a tv tuner, cancel the SSD and grab a 2tb green drive. You gain no benefit of having 1 drive for OS and other recording.
Yeah musta been a silly mistake I understand. There is a benefit to not using a green drive for your OS though. Damn things are so slow to spin up that you would have to wait every time you wanted to perform any operation.

I mean one big fast drive would be fine but its a waste of money compared to a tiny normal drive and a big green drive.

And uh yeah the tuner dun support remote and apparently dun work half the time.. never mind that I've never even heard of the company but hey if you have some first hand experience with it, thats more than me.
Edited by Zero4549 - 4/17/11 at 11:41pm
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Will I be able to view all the cox channels with a good codec and that card?
Depends on what you are trying to record,
HD that you get with a set top box, No you need to drop a few bills on a cable card tuner
SD that you see when you have the coax hooked up to the to tv, YES
SD and HD that you see with a cable hooked up, No a hauppage 2250 would be better so that you can set one tuner to QAM and the other to NTSC.

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And uh yeah the tuner dun support remote and apparently dun work half the time.. .
The tuner does not need to "support" a remote, the media center will tell the tuner which channel to tune to, any remote that works with the player will be fine with any tv tuner.
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