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post #1 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey, I'm looking to build my first HTPC to hook up to a TV and have a few questions...

First, here's what I'm planning to buy :

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70$ : Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge
85$ : ASUS P8H61-M motherboard
[Edit : Oops, that's a micro ATX motherboard! Here's what I'm thinking of getting :
75$ : Foxconn H67S ]

55$ : APEX MI-100 Black / Mirror finish Steel Mini-ITX Tower
100$ : WD Caviar Green 750 Gb, 6Gb/s
23$ : G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) RAM
19$ : Lite-on SATA DVD drive
25$ - Rosewill RNX-N180PCe wi-fi PCIE

Total cost : 377$ +tx +sh

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The ASUS P8H61-M motherboard only lists compatibility for Intel's i3/5/7 processors. I'm assuming the Pentium processor is compatible as well?

This should be more than powerful enough to run XBMC and playback 1080p video, right?

Not sure if I'll be running Windows or linux (probably Ubuntu)...
I'm planning on having it hooked up to my TV to playback movies, etc with a remote so the setup is girlfriend-friendly :P

What do you think of my build?
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I think you will be better served in this forum.

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Thanks, I'll post my more linux-specific questions over there!

I edited down my OP to make it more specific.
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Looks great. On the DVD drive, you do not post a model #, you can pick up the IHAS124-04 writer for the same as a DVD reader.

The only comment that scares me is the wifi adapter, wi-fi can be problematic for streaming video. Can you go with a wired connection to the router?

have you checked out openELEC?

if you want to shave a cpl bucks off the MB cost check out ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX
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Looks great. On the DVD drive, you do not post a model #, you can pick up the IHAS124-04 writer for the same as a DVD reader.

Here's the drive I was looking at :
newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

I'll be getting the one you suggest instead, don't know how I didn't notice it...
newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Thanks for the tip!

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The only comment that scares me is the wifi adapter, wi-fi can be problematic for streaming video. Can you go with a wired connection to the router?

The PC will be wired directly to the TV so it won't have to wirelessly stream the movies. Unless I want to watch them on my laptop I suppose... Then again, my laptop would be connected to the HTPC via the router, via wi-fi so the bottleneck is still there!

The advantage of wi-fi is the whole wireless aspect I'm moving into an apartment so I can't really go about wiring ethernet cable through the walls, haha. And I don't like having cables laying around...

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have you checked out openELEC?

No, I hadn't seen that but I think I'd prefer to setup my own system, I'm an electrical engineering senior and I consider myself quite tech-savvy, and I want to learn a bit more about the internal workings of linux.

I'll probably end up using Ubuntu, as I've used it before but I'm thinking of maybe basing my install off of Arch Linux, which is a VERY basic linux distribution, allowing to build whatever you want on top of it - with as little useless stuff as possible - kind of like building my own custom openELEC I suppose :P

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if you want to shave a cpl bucks off the MB cost check out ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX

That's a Micro ATX motherboard, the case I want only supports mini ITX. And on newegg.ca both motherboards are 85$, so :P
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That's a Micro ATX case, the case I want only supports mini ITX. And on newegg.ca it's 85$ as well, so :P

Got it. The MB you list above is uATX too? so are you going to get a uATX case or the ITX one listed?

btw this is the uATX case I use...
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Yeah, I noticed that the MB I listed was micro ATX as opposed to mini ITX. My bad!

Here's the motherboard I'm thinking of getting, for 75$ : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813186211

It has what I want : HDMI output + 3 x SATA


I actually have a 750gb WD MyBook laying around. I'm thinking I could take the drive out, and use that?

I'd save 100$ on the HDD and I could possibly splurge for a SSD!

I'm thinking maybe the Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V30GB2A 2.5" 30GB SATA II ?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820233266
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Ok, so I've reconsidered and I'm cutting costs.

Here's what I plan to order : TOTAL : 223$


I'll salvage a HDD off of an old computer and I'll plug it in over Ethernet for the time being.

Thanks for the advice guys!
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