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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2010, 09:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Below are the basic specs for this custom HTPC.
Is this worth $450 for a newbie to get started with?
My goals are to be able to pause/record OTA, stream Netflix, Hulu etc., surf the web, and play BD/DVD's.

+ Windows 7 Professional 64bit
+ AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
+ ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
+ATI Radeon HD 4200 video card SidePort Memory - onboard 128MB DDR3 1333
+ Audio Chipset - VIA VT1708S
Audio Channels - 8 Channels
+ A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
+ Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
+ OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V
SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
+ LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal
Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD?R DVD Burner
+ Thermaltake media remote control
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I'd save a few $ by only getting 2GB of Ram, and put that $ into a better CPU......Phenom II X2 550 maybe?.....

And if $ got tight, that is a bit overkill on the Power Supply.....

for what it's worth....*S*
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Thanks for the prompt reply CajunCanuck.

The deal with this rig is that it is already built and ready to go as-is.
I can demo it all because it is nearby. My needs are not high-end and I was hoping some of you experts could weigh in whether this is worth the $$ or not.
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i have the same CPU overclocked to 3.3ghz with an ATI 5450 and for HD movies, music, internet and basic gaming it does great. those regor's just love to be OC'd.

the PS is probably overkill as you wont need anything near that amount of power. as for the ram, not to rehash the debate but if you plan on using the machine strictly to play movies and music, then 2gb will do fine. however, if you plan on running a an extender or two, using it as a home server, etc.. then you should opt for at least 4gb.
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So far, it seems OK. I do apologize for any ignorance I display, but won't I also need a TV tuner for this baby to get my basic OTA signals?

This rig also comes with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and WMC and Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 Ultimate 3d.

Thanks again!!
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