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post #31 of 42 Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 PM
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I haven't tried this 120GB SSD but it gets good ratings. It's $89 today only.
http://www.buy.com/prod/sandisk-extreme-120gb-2-5-sata-iii-solid-state-drive-ssd/227072806.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567 ($25 off with promo code EMCYTZT2011)
Again though, if you're runnng XBMC without Windows, you might not need an SSD at all.

I have a SanDisk Sata II 120GB SSD and it's fine. That SATA III is just your run of the mill SF-2281 drive, so it's probably fine, but personally I would not hesitate half a second to spend the extra $10 for a Plextor or Samsung.

Also, I know the OP says he wants to run XBMC, but he's also talking about adding a tuner and using his htpc as a DVR, so I think he really needs a full blown Windows pc and not just a flashdrive distro of XBMC.
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Agreed. We've come a long way from "just want to stream MKVs" smile.gif.

 

 

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So let's talk about the Gateway refurb mentioned above.

i3 2120
H67 mobo
4gb ram
1 TB HD
Windows 7 Home 64b

Wouldn't something like this for $300 be just as good as what I am looking at above and be less expensive? Not a fan of the case, but it could always be swapped out to the Silverstone GD05 for less money.

Any thoughts? I mean I know it wasn't custom built by my own 2 hands, but it seems like a damn good deal.

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Agreed. We've come a long way from "just want to stream MKVs" smile.gif.

Not surprising to me either smile.gif

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Not surprising to me either smile.gif

Beware the HTPC forums smile.gif. You'll be building a storage server too before you know it smile.gif. Once upon a time, I just wanted to listen to the audio stored on my office PC on my receiver in my living room.

 

 

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Lousy case, no SSD, cheap components.

Are you really saving money?

You need to decide what you want. Do you want a generic budget tower PC sitting in your living room looking like a generic budget tower PC, or do you want something in a component-style case, with good components, a solid state drive, etc.

By the time you get it the way you want, you won't be saving anything and you won't have as good a system.

You mentioned putting it in a different case, but to buy a new case and to add a solid state drive means adding $200 to the cost of that refurbished Gateway..
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So let's talk about the Gateway refurb mentioned above.
i3 2120
H67 mobo
4gb ram
1 TB HD
Windows 7 Home 64b
Wouldn't something like this for $300 be just as good as what I am looking at above and be less expensive? Not a fan of the case, but it could always be swapped out to the Silverstone GD05 for less money.
Any thoughts? I mean I know it wasn't custom built by my own 2 hands, but it seems like a damn good deal.

It's been shown again and again in these forum threads that it's rarely a good deal. Otherwise, there'd be no need for all this discussion and we'd all be off buying Dells smile.gif.

 

 

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By the way, if you don't like buying from Tiger Direct, Amazon also has the Samsung 830 128GB for $100 from 17th St Photo, or $102 from Amazon itself or Beach Photo, all with free shipping.
Edit, Newegg also has the Samsung for $100 with free shipping.

Already have a Samsung 830 128GB ($85 Newegg), Crucial m4 512GB ($350 Amazon) and SanDisk Extreme 240GB ($160 Adorama). I seem to be collecting SSDs at the moment and I'm hoping to add a Plextor M3 and OCZ Vertex 4 to the collection when I espy a good sale. smile.gif
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You don't need an HTPC for those tasks at all.
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No optical disk player and no HD audio?? Not much of any HTPC. rolleyes.gif

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I don't really see the point in paying $70 for a 64GB Crucial when for $23 more I can get a faster (and in my view better) Plextor of double that size. The bigger size has additional advantages in terms of both speed and longevity even if you don't fill it up, and especially when there is no other storage in the unit and thus no option to offload things to the hard disk, I'd want the flexibility of the larger SSD as well just in case it turns out there are things I want to store locally.
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+1 on the 120GB SSD over the 64GB SSD

I agree.

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I would usually choose the 128GB SSD too. I wonder if it's just streaming MKVs if a larger SSD will be necessary.

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It's not your opinion I am trying to affect. I can state I have 8 Crucials that work and you can state you had one that didn't and then the OP can decide how/if that affects their decision. I know how you feel and I really don't care to change your opinion. Everytime I recommend Crucial, it's not about you.

I know man. I just hate that freakin' SSD drive.

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Any updates? What did you do (if anything)?

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Thanks for all the great feedback here and from Mfusick via PM's.
Right now I'm leaning towards the following
ASRock H77
i3 2100
G Skill 2x4gb
Crucial 64gb ssd
Silverstone Micro ATX Case
Antec Earthwatts 380 PSU
2 Cooler master 80mm fans
I have a couple external 500gb HD's I will be using to store media.
Gets me in around $335 plus shipping and tax. Now, I just have to pull the trigger.....

CPU and ram are a little overkill for your stated use
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