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This is going to replace an old Dell that I was using.
This is what I got going so far:

XION XON-810P w/ 450W PSU
AMD Athlon X2 4000+
Biostar MCP6PB M2+
2x1GB Kingston DDR2 Low Profile
Sony DVD Drive
Western Digital 500GB SATA

Now I'm looking at getting a few new things for this and making it a true HTPC with DVR features. Here is what I'm thinking of getting:

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102829
TV Tuner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815127008
BD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106325

I currently have a USB WMC remote that I'm gonna mod to make it internal and have the IT peaking out of the front of the case.

FYI: If you plan on getting this from Tiger Direct:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...029&CatId=3428
You Actually receive this case. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...843&CatId=3428

I was a little Pi**ed and contacted them about it and no one understood because the model number is the same. I got tired of repeating myself and all the responses were "I don't understand" so I just took it and excepted this is my new case. NOW I remember why I don't buy from Tiger Direct
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post #2 of 21
Honestly it looks good.

The only thing I would change/suggest. If your gonna be recording TV shows they take up a lot of room



I would suggest either getting a bigger hard drive or setting up a file server.

Besides that it looks good. I love my HTPC. I've got it setup using XBMC and it's just amazing
    
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Thanks! Yea I forgot to put the link to the Samsung 2TB HDD that im thinking about getting. I know 500GB is gonna do fine for now but when I start recording that is gonna get eaten up real quick.
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post #4 of 21
The TV tuner will be next to useless at this point, unless you're using it to control your cable box. If you're trying to control the cable box, you'll only be able to record non-HD.

I just ordered this to move my HTPC into:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163166

Full height cards and plenty of 120mm fans.

If you're going to be listening to alot of music on this, you'll want to consider a high-end sound card. Blu-ray sound should be sent out the HDMI raw, but music will sound so much better through a good sound card if you have a good amp/speakers and your MP3s are high bitrate.
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I would take a 6450 or 5550 over the 4650.
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may I suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-313-_-Product

It handles 1080p no problem and it is completely silent. I am using one in my HTPC and it is fantastic.
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may I suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-313-_-Product

It handles 1080p no problem and it is completely silent. I am using one in my HTPC and it is fantastic.
In such a small case I would be afraid of a fanless card. There is vents next to the PCIE so the card will get plenty of air.
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Quote:
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In such a small case I would be afraid of a fanless card. There is vents next to the PCIE so the card will get plenty of air.
good point. mine is in a larger case but after a couple hi-def movies it is still cool to the touch. I think it would take a lot of abuse and no air flow to overheat that card.
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I would take a 6450 or 5550 over the 4650.
I need to have Low-Profile. I haven't seen any 6450 or 5550 in LowPro. Links please if ya know of any!
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The Sapphire HD 6450 is low-profile. You just need to replace the bracket. Both my Sapphire HD 4550 and HD 5450 came with low profile brackets so the HD 6450 retail kit will probably have them too.
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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