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I just got ordered to compile a new HTPC build, I was able to make a no holds bar pc for 400! What I am asking here is for something cheaper, and that does not go too low in most area's. This this is required to have to have

Speakers

CPU (capable of Netflix, and also some 1080i gaming)

Motherboard (preferably upgradable, no dead sockets)

Graphic Card (capable of 1080i gaming at 25+ FPS)

CD-DVD-RW drive

HDD/SSD (one or the other, or both)

RAM (4 Gigs or more)

Power supply (it CAN come with case, if you want)

Case (can have PSU is you want, must be a HTPC case, or low profile)

On your marks, get set, compile!
 

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This was a really hard build to create. The total before MIR is 395.82 (I tried not to use $400 as the price after MIR).
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8mgZ

CPU: Intel Pentium G860
CPU Cooler: Stock
MB: Asus P8H61-I Rev. 3.0 (Upgrade-able to any Sandy Bridge processor, 16GB RAM)
GPU: Asus GeForce GT 520
ODD: Lite-On iHAS 224-06
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB
RAM: PNY Optima 1x4GB
PSU: w/case (150W PSU)
Case: Antec ISK 300-150 w/150W PSU

Can you tell me the build you compiled?
 

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Hmm...
That case doesn't seem to support full-size PCI-E cards. You may have to use a bracket.

Edit: A low-profile bracket is supplied with the card.

Edit: Even with the low-profile bracket, the GPU won't fit in there because of the double-slot heatsink.
 

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This was a really hard build to create. The total before MIR is 395.82 (I tried not to use $400 as the price after MIR).
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8mgZ
CPU: Intel Pentium G860
CPU Cooler: Stock
MB: Asus P8H61-I Rev. 3.0 (Upgrade-able to any Sandy Bridge processor, 16GB RAM)
GPU: Asus GeForce GT 520
ODD: Lite-On iHAS 224-06
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB
RAM: PNY Optima 1x4GB
PSU: w/case (150W PSU)
Case: Antec ISK 300-150 w/150W PSU
Can you tell me the build you compiled?
Here it is:

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
CPU Cooler: Stock
MB: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GPU: GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDD: 40GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
RAM: Patriot Signature 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
Case/PSU: APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Speaker: Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
Keyboard/Mouse: Mini Wireless Keyboard 2.4G Trackball Mouse IR Learning Remote Controller

For $383, this thin would knock the socks off of a desktop from staples (best buy ect.)! BTW, i need you to include Mouse keyboard (wireless), and speakers.
 

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Hm...
Are you sure that sound card has a low-profile bracket?

My 16^2th or 2^8 post!
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I can also use a Asus Xonar, they have a low profile one for same cost, just no 7.1/5.1 support. and my motherboard has 2 PCIe x1, so i can put sound on second one. my gpu is already low profile as well! it is the PNY one.
 

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Well if there is no 7.1 support on the card, you might as well not buy it. Save a little money, as hick said. Then, you can buy a Pentium processor with the additional money.
And even this computer doesn't really compare with some computers sold, the AMD A8 computers are pretty cheap yet offer pretty good CPU and GPU performance.
 
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