Originally Posted by NewAgeTechie
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.
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.