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I am looking for suggestions here.
I am wanting to build my first HTPC. I hace built my last 4 PC's from the ground up so I have the experience. I just need sources for the hardware I need. I have an extra monitor (which I probably won't need after it's up and running), same with keyboard, mouse, a TP-Link wireless PCI adapter, an extra GTX 750 (which I doubt I'll need) and more than a few harddrives, 6 or so 120mm fans and two CD/DVD drives. I plan on running Plex 24/7. I also have legit copies of Windows XP, 7 and 10.

Basically, all I need is a case, a motherboard, a CPU, maybe 4GB of RAM and maybe a 400W PSU.

Where can I find an EXTREME barebones set for under $100? Or does anybody here have what little I need who'd like to sell?

Thanks for any input.
 

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You can piece together something cheap but you need a goal first.
What are you doing? How many monitors? Any Gaming? What kind of sound quality/system are you hooking into/using?

I have a little AM3 HTPC build (see sig) that runs 4 monitors (Radeon HD 6870) and barely sips power from a 500W. For an HTPC you want to build something that will be reliable, runs multimedia well and brings in the ladies.
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No gaming. Just streaming movies and music using Plex, my cell phone and a Chromecast on two TVs. The Chromecast is plugged into an HDMI port on my stereo which is plugged into an HDMI port on the TVs. I use the Plex app on my phone and Plex media server on the PC. I like it better then XBMC. The motherboard must support 2 or more SATA drives. I have one SATA 4TB drive with movies, TV shows and music on it. I have 5 250GB harddrives, one of which I would use for the OS and Plex and nothing else. The CPU speed I don't think is an issue and 4GB of RAM is probably sufficient. I have a TP-Link wireless PCI card to connect to my router and Chromecast.
All I think I need, like I said, is a case, mobo, CPU and PSU and the RAM. I'm hoping to get by as cheap as possible. I have found a computer reseller nearby that offers refurbished HPs for 85-115 dollars. Even though they come with more than I need, I think they may be my best bet.

I don't need it to "bring in the ladies". I have a live-in girlfriend. I just need reliability. It's going to be running 24/7. I have plenty of extra 120mm fans and a Hyper 212 sitting around. I don't think it's going to end up getting too hot.
 

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Originally Posted by DOS Chuck View Post

, like I said, is a case, mobo, CPU and PSU and the RAM. I'm hoping to get by as cheap as possible. I have found a computer reseller nearby that offers refurbished HPs for 85-115 dollars. Even though they come with more than I need, I think they may be my best bet.t.
Would you rather pick out a custom case that fits your liking or buy a cheap PC and modify it for what you want?
You can get some pretty cool cases for cheap, with plenty of bays and superior cooling. If you don't care to build it yourself, there are lots of options for cheap --> mid range builds, from refurbed and off-lease workstations to new. TigerDirect has many off-lease machines.
 

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Is this being used as a Plex Server?

As a Fire TV Stick is going to do a 100% better job at being the client.

And if you are using it as a Plex Server, 250GB Hard Drives are not going to cut it. Honestly if you have 5 250gb HDD's. I would just trash them. A 250gb hard drive is going to be a decade old. Get 1-2 3TB+ drives. Save the hassle of using old hard drives.

Also a old HP computer will only be able to handle 1-2 hard drives installed into it. Which is why I used a custom case for my media server, as it can easily hold 7 HDD's.
 
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