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I am building a HTPC to act as my DVR. I have done tons of research and I've decided to go with Intel LGA1155 Sandy Bridge. I want to be able to record/watch live tv to 3 tvs using wmc extenders. My budget is 700 including OS and Cable Tuner.

Here's what I have so far. If you have any suggestions or a build that's better I'm definitely open. I'm trying to purchase by the end of the day tomorrow so I dont have the time to wait for better deals.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=19152571

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DL004 / HD105SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface $199.99

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM $7.99

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99

Intel Celeron G540 Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G540 $49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan $13.98

ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $59.99

APEX DM-317-A Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply $49.99


Total- $705.37 after taxes and shipping
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You need to make that public because we can't log in to your newegg account.

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You need to make that public because we can't log in to your newegg account.

I copied the specs into the post.
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DL004 / HD105SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

I would get a larger HDD since it's not much more $$. $89 HDD 2TB or $120 3TB or $160 4TB is all better choice and cheaper per GB. ...


Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface $199.99

Very nice^

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM $7.99

Very Nice^ (but you don't need with retail cooler/CPU or a G540)


BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99

Asrock would be a better choice for cheaper IMO ^


Intel Celeron G540 Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G540 $49.99

superbix sells higher level CPU for cheaper^
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G645BOX

Take another $5 of with coupon code TECHLUV


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

You can get pro for that price.




ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $59.99

128GB samsung 840 is better for $79.

APEX DM-317-A Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply $49.99

I've used that case without any problems.
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You'd better buy Celeron G1610. I see performance improvement, by up to ~20%, over G5xx in both CPU and GPU.

BIOSTAR is very basic. I prefer and recommend ASRock mb.

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You'd better buy Celeron G1610. I see performance improvement, by up to ~20%, over G5xx in both CPU and GPU

Great info, was wondering about the newest Celeron

Plus it's the same price smile.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116408
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116889
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Both ReneTHX and Darkslayer made the great points to second my link.

Use the same coupon code TECHLUV for another $5

This link. This CPU. $35.

It's pure win.

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I am building a HTPC to act as my DVR. I have done tons of research and I've decided to go with Intel LGA1155 Sandy Bridge. I want to be able to record/watch live tv to 3 tvs using wmc extenders. My budget is 700 including OS and Cable Tuner.

Here's what I have so far. If you have any suggestions or a build that's better I'm definitely open. I'm trying to purchase by the end of the day tomorrow so I dont have the time to wait for better deals.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=19152571

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DL004 / HD105SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface $199.99

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM $7.99

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99

Intel Celeron G540 Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G540 $49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan $13.98

ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $59.99

APEX DM-317-A Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply $49.99


Total- $705.37 after taxes and shipping

First off, your motherboard is a full size ATX, but the case you chose is MicroATX. Choose a MicroATX board if you want to use MicroATX case.

I don't see extenders nor remote control for the HTPC in your build.

Thisngs to consider: You need a CPU core per TV connected to the system. So, with 3 planned TV's you will need a minimum a triple core CPU.

If I were you, I would start monitoring prices, as it seems you are playing retail.

Win7 can be had for as little as $10, if you or someone you know goes to a big university. For non-university connected, $30-$33 per license is a regualrly appearing deal when you buy a family pack of 3 for $90-$100.

Since Intel does not offer triple core CPU's, you will most likely have to go up to a quad core, essentially doubling or tripling the price of your CPU. AMD makes some nice triple core CPUs that will work just fine in a DVR for 1/4th the price.

Mobo's for AMD CPU above is also going to be 1/2 to 1/4 of the Intel board.

Arctic silver thermal compound has been on sale for as little as $1 shipped.

Ceton InfiniTV4 has been on sale for as little as $130, and regularly appears for $150.

64 Gb SSD's have been on sale for as little as $30.

I would wait for nMediaPC 1080p case to go on sale for $30 shipped.

Best place for deals is to create alerts on Slickdeals, but be prepared to buy right away, since once deals hit slickdeals or fatwallet, they sell out immediately.

6 TV's in the house on FiOS and we only pay $4.99/month to connect them all!!! Power to the CableCard and WMC7!!!
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