trying to build an HTPC for less than $500. help?

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  1. Suazo

    Suazo New Member

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    Hey guys, I want to build a Home Theater pc to sit next to my tv and basically will only use to play blu ray and also stream hulu/netflix.

    this is what I have in mind so far:

    $ 70 blu ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Tpk=LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA

    $95 Asus ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131406&Tpk=ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD

    $65 AMD Athlon II 3 ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=Athlon_II_X2_250-_-19-103-681-_-Product

    $100 OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...CZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

    $55 500 GB WD HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...n_Digital_Caviar_Green-_-22-136-358-_-Product

    $55 case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121027

    I'm at $440. What good graphics card should I get? Any other part you recommend getting? I supposed this machine would work well as a dvr too correct?
     
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    Hi, I don't usually reply to threads about what hardware to buy etc.
    But I will say that a Slim Micro ATX case (sold purely on how slim it is) Is not ideal for high end (in respect to) Video, "Home Theater" application.

    My thoughts are that it will become too hot; plus the dimensions of a new graphics card is limited by the case; including all the connections and even a good Power Supply.

    If you can make room in the "Home Theater" setup or cabinet or benching. You would be best purchasing a high profile case to add more fans and better heatsink (generally being larger than standard)

    Sorry I couldn't help with the specs of a new graphics card etc. But just thought I'd comment on the above.

    Edit:
    To avoid confusion, I do understand the HTPC is usually a low profile box. I am just stating the box you have chosen seems to be more slimmer than most. And difficult to build with.
    Plus it only comes with a 270W PowerSupply
     
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    thanks for the reply. I'll check out other cases, I just don't want a huge box next to the tv.
     
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    Since replying to you I have gone around the web searching on Guides to build a HTPC for under $500
    I did find an ok one for under $600, but many posts stated how poor quality it was with Windows 7
    After glancing at a few reviews and guides, it looks as though minimum cost for a good (but certainly not best) would be $1000

    As editing in above, also note the Power Supply should be around $450Watt to take care of most new graphics cards. (and all other internal hardware installed)
     
  5. Graham

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    If this is strictly for home theater, and not for gaming, you could skip the graphics card and get onboard video. The newest chips can easily handle hd video.

    Then you could put the money towards a much better case w/psu.
     
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    yeah i really don't see why there is a fuss about a higher end video card... you don't need a lot of power from your GPU, and even 4gb of ram is a bit much.

    I don't see why you can't just buy a run-of-the-mill cheap prebuilt small computer and add an external HD & a BR player to it. Even a medocure onboard sound and video card these days will run 1080p video just fine I would think, but maybe i'm off base on that.
     
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    I agree I missed that most important part.
    An addon Video card will not be required for this.

    The onboard Video for your quoted Motherboard is:
    And the onboard Sound is:
    Which is ample ;)
     
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    Great!

    I found a nice case but more expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204032&Tpk=HTPC 2000B

    This adds $45 to the total cost.

    Instead of 4gb of Ram I could go down to 2 gb ($59) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227244

    So minus $41 of total cost.


    Add $30.00 for this 585W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339012

    Total is $474 so far.


    I also need advise on a tv turner, I'm a total newb about this. Never used one before.
     
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    Are you willing to switch to an Intel-based system? If so, you should consider a Clarksdale i3 or i5 system. When paired with a H55 or H57 based motherboard, the onboard video has an HDMI output with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-MA bitstreaming. Perfect for an HTPC.
     
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    i really like that one. Will consider it.

    I'll check out the cost of this. Thanks for reply.
     
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