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2tb is cheapest price. Almost as good as 500 or 1tb ... Under $100 still and you can get double capacity .

I have seen $89 2TB's recently. I would do that over a $69 500GB drive

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$69.99 ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$49.99 Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530

$29.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

$59.99 (after mail in rebate) OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC

$37.99 APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply

Cost under $250
I haven't tested this, but I just came up with this simple build for a bedroom media center meant to stream from your NAS or MediaCenter located elsewhere. I will need to build one or two of these soon after we move into our new house, and get rid of the stupid laptop OpenELEC builds I have right now.
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$69.99 ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$49.99 Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530

$29.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

$59.99 (after mail in rebate) OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC

$37.99 APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply

Cost under $250
I haven't tested this, but I just came up with this simple build for a bedroom media center meant to stream from your NAS or MediaCenter located elsewhere. I will need to build one or two of these soon after we move into our new house, and get rid of the stupid laptop OpenELEC builds I have right now.

I bought that same board (3 of them) for $48 open box new egg. They come and go all the time. Keep an eye out for that.

Second, You can get the G530 for $38 at http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G530BOX
Use the coupon code: SWEETPUP5

Third, you can get crucial DDR3 or Mushkin for $19.99 (just as good as Gskill)

Fourth- You can step up to the Vertex3 60GB (better NAND) for $65 at Microcenter.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0366935

Furthermore they offer the G620 for $49 in store if your close by.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0367906

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I just did it again and ordered parts to build yet another HTPC.

I built this:

Motherboard:

2 x ($48.99) ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$97.98 (+10% off = 44$) (Bought an extra.. lol )

2 Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G630 2.7GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail G630BOX $61.99 Total for 2 $123.98 (also bought an extra)

1 x ($37.99) Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BD160B
$37.99 (+ extra 15% off = 32$)

1 x ($29.99) Broadway Com Corp 1243MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
$29.99 (Free shipping with Newegg business code)

1 x ($17.99) LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM (Free shipping)
$17.99

x ($159.99) OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$159.99- ($-30.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE
$-30.00 - $20 mail in rebate = $109

Total cost $294 shipped.

This has to be the nicest and most capable sub $300 HTPC.

I might upgrade the case PSU and CPU at some point and use these for an office PC. Not my favorite choices but I went economy.

I was suprised I could get high end 120GB SSD performance with 8GB DDR3 1600mhz, on Asrock w decent Sandy CPU for this price. Even the LiteOn is pretty decent as far as optical drives go.



Guess I got another PC build this weekend. I think I might keep this one for a while for myself.


Well-don't pat yourself on the back too hard-I built a quad core htpc for $200 and it's more than capable of playing anything that I throw at it.
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Well-don't pat yourself on the back too hard-I built a quad core htpc for $200 and it's more than capable of playing anything that I throw at it.

Well show the break-down good sir!
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Well-don't pat yourself on the back too hard-I built a quad core htpc for $200 and it's more than capable of playing anything that I throw at it.

specs and links ?

Aren't you the fool that said in my other thread you voted you have used an SSD and would gladly go back to a HDD ???

I am sorry but I can't believe anything you say if that is true. Your judgement must be impaired. lol.

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15% OFF All Internal CD/DVD Burners *
(72 HOURS ONLY!)
CODE: BTENFGN55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151244

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

$13.99 FREE SHIPPING -15% = $11.98 shipped !!!!

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227725

66.29 -$15 rebate = $51. 15% off CODE=BTENFGN45

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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15% OFF All Internal CD/DVD Burners *
(72 HOURS ONLY!)
CODE: BTENFGN55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151244

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

$13.99 FREE SHIPPING -15% = $11.98 shipped !!!!

What's the "Combo savings with media, ends 4/30"?
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OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227759
$69 SHIPPED AFTER 15% PROMO CODE: BTENFGN45

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $98 shipped !

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227706

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What's the "Combo savings with media, ends 4/30"?

NO IDEA?

PROBABLY ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT IF PURCHASE WITH OTHER ITEMS.

But for 12$ SHIPPED IT IS A NO BRAINER. Never mind combo savings. Just buy it. lol.

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G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231394

10% OFF All Desktop Memory*
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CODE = BTENFGN47

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http://www.neweggbusiness.com/promot...-_-0426-_-0508

Promo Code SAVEHD10
for an additional $10.00 off

Promo Code SAVEHD20
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There is an entire subforum for deals.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=201
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No one goes in those forums. This thread has more hits in one day than that whole forum gets in a week.

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You know those email codes are only valid for the people whose account get those emails, right? "**PROMO CODES ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE and may only be redeemed using the Newegg account attached to this e-mail address."

And that ASUS board doesn't have HDMI.

 

 

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Ummm ya Mfusick those codes are email specific.

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15% OFF All Internal CD/DVD Burners *
(72 HOURS ONLY!)
CODE: BTENFGN55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151244

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

$13.99 FREE SHIPPING -15% = $11.98 shipped !!!!

I got that email from Newegg also. I had to go run some errands & when I came back the $13.99 price was gone.
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I read the HDD thread & I looked at Staples. The largest HDD they had on their website was a 1.5TB WD Green for $114.99. Also a couple 1TB drives: a WD Green for $109.99 and a WD Black for $139.99.

Micro Center has a 1TB Seagate Barracuda for $94.99 & a 1.5TB Seagate Green for $84.99 in-store only. CompUSA has a 1TB WD Blue for $89.99

From the reviews I've seen, the WD Blue was not rated very well. The 1.5TB Seagate Green was better, or maybe I should say less worse.

I've been reading the threads about Green vs. 7200 rpm drives. Obviously I don't want a slow drive, but I also don't want what might possibly be a noisier fast drive. From what I surmise, the WD Green is variable speed which might contribute to its lack of performance because it takes time to change speeds. Would this mean the Seagate Green which is 5900 rpm might be better because it's speed is fixed?

Presuming I'm going to get an SSD in the near future, is the Seagate Green a decent drive to start with since I do need storage space for OTA recording?
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Here's a 1TB for 69.99. It's an external but you can easily take it apart. This was listed on slick deals and I haven't tested the promo, just forwarding the message. It ends today.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tal-_-22136469 use promo WEDI430
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I got that email from Newegg also. I had to go run some errands & when I came back the $13.99 price was gone.


I bought one.

$11.89 shipped

But they declined my Paypal.

So I I used a company credit card. They declined that too.

Next stop call into customer service.

I have a receipt for it in my inbox.

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Ummm ya Mfusick those codes are email specific.

Figured that out thanks.

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You know those email codes are only valid for the people whose account get those emails, right? "**PROMO CODES ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE and may only be redeemed using the Newegg account attached to this e-mail address."

And that ASUS board doesn't have HDMI.

No I did not know that.

It was posted up at slickdeals.

I got to use it. I guess you need to be on the list. I am.

Big reason to shop newegg.

I got a $51 SSD and a 11$ DVD burner. U MAD?

lol


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How you do other faces other than <----

How you make tongue stick out... or do the big smile one ?

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Got an email from Newegg this morning. Promo codes are Only for subscribers.

Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB for $89.99, free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-22148725-L0D

Samsung DVD burner for $15.99, free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-27151244-L01D

OCZ 120GB SSD for $99.99AR, free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-20227726-L0F

And of course a whole bunch of other stuff.
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Here's a 1TB for 69.99. It's an external but you can easily take it apart. This was listed on slick deals and I haven't tested the promo, just forwarding the message. It ends today.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tal-_-22136469 use promo WEDI430

That's an idea. Thanks.

I actually have that same exact drive but have not used it yet. I bought it for $69.99 right before HDD prices went up. I still may need it for a backup, but I guess I could borrow the insides until then. I'll open it up & take a look.
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Hey... quick question.

How you do other faces other than <----

How you make tongue stick out... or do the big smile one ?

????????

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I figured it out thanks !!!

OMG I can not believe I never noticed that before!

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Anyone get latest round of NEWEGG business coupons ?

I saw online they have 109$ 2tb drive minus 20$ mail makes it 89$ ?

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Anyone get latest round of NEWEGG business coupons ?

I saw online they have 109$ 2tb drive minus 20$ mail makes it 89$ ?

How do you get the business coupons?
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How do you get the business coupons?

Sign up for a new egg business account. You can use same email or different email.

Business codes and deals are different and sometimes better than normal Newegg account deals.

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  • ASRock A75M - $79.99 (Amazon, No Tax, Free Ship)
  • Patriot Signature Line Memory DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600Mhz - $23.99 (Amazon, No Tax, Free Ship)
  • AMD A6-3500 Retail Box - $69.99 (Fry's via Price Match with Microcenter)
  • OCZ Agility Petrol 64GB SSD *Final Price Pending (Staples)

This is an upgrade of my current HTPC build which is five years old.

The SSD was $82.99. I got a Staples $25 off $75 for $2.50 from Hotcoupons4u to make it $63.99. However I found an additional coupon code for another $23.50 off online purchases, making the final price $39.56 IF the additional code is accepted.

The second code only applies to the San Disk 120GB SSD. If you need a larger SATA II SSD without a rebate, you can stack the coupon code and the discount code - http://slickdeals.net/f/4318066-Stap...off-100-coupon

Review - http://www.storagereview.com/sandisk_extreme_ssd_review

Since there's the impending SSD price war and I don't consider San Disk a "small player", I expect prices on 120GB to drop significantly as summer gets here.

Total with taxes, free shipping on all (Motherboard, Memory, SSD) - $238.16

Not bad for equal CPU performance with Intel's cut-down i3 G-series CPU, but with arse kicking GPU performance. Along with low idle wattage and should be around 30W while watching SD/HD OTA content.




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