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Old 04-19-2013, 04:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a Revo 3610 that is probably ready to be replaced. It has served me well, but it's always been a slow machine and it seems to be slowing down more lately.

Here's what I want to do (in order if priority):
- Watch MLB.tv in HD (through browser, presumably)
- Use WMC as a DVR with my OTA antenna. (don't need much storage, I only have about a dozen hours of programming at any one time)
- Occassionally watch tv shows through the browser

In the nice, but not required category:
- a Blu-Ray would be cool
- given that I don't need much drive space, having the OS on a SSD would be nice for quick performance and booting
- I've been using Windows 7, but it seems like Windows 8 might actually be pretty good for this type of use.

I'd love to stay under $600. Not against building my own (though I've never done it before), but pre-built has more appeal, all things being equal.

Here's the closest match I've found so far:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856158031R

Hit me with some ideas!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:29 PM - Thread Starter
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bump. any needed info that I failed to include?
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That one you linked don't include any ram, storage, or operating system. I'm guessing you would be well over 800$ after you include all that.

Here is a build that includes pretty much everything you need.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2130 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Certified SFX12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $545.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-22 08:48 EDT-0400)

I did leave out a few pieces but you will need a sfx to atx adapter if you go with the case & psu I selected.
I went with the sfx psu as they have smaller cables and less of them which is good for smaller cases.

Optionally you can get an asrock cir module to allow remote control of this machine.

This system should be capable of ultra fast boot long as you install win8 in uefi mode and enable ultra fast boot in the uefi.

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If you don't mind a barebones where all you need to do is add an SSD and the OS, one of these Intel mini-ITX barebones would do just fine. Even the G630T version would do everything you want and there'd be room later (or add it now) for a Blu-ray drive. There's also a G2120 version, all the way up to i3-3225.

 

 

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Thanks to both of you. after many hours of web searches, I was getting nowhere, but I think my understanding is beginning to improve. Having looked at both suggestions, barebones seems to be more the type of project I can handle right now.

I assume I could get the system Stardog suggested, add the SSD and OS from ikkuranus's list, and I'd be good to go.

I'll probably go ahead and add a Blu-Ray from the outset. the the Toshiba TS-TB23L on the EcosmartPC upgrade a list decent enough option?

Last question: should I be tempted to upgrade the CPU or will I be fine with the G530? As noted, I won't be doing anything too instensive, but I do want my baseball games to come through in HD without issues!
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I assume I could get the system Stardog suggested, add the SSD and OS from ikkuranus's list, and I'd be good to go.

The Samsung 840 is a very good choice. I've used it in several systems now with very good results.
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I'll probably go ahead and add a Blu-Ray from the outset. the the Toshiba TS-TB23L on the EcosmartPC upgrade a list decent enough option?

I found it to be a really good BD drive. Again, like the Samsung 840, used in several systems with very good results.
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Last question: should I be tempted to upgrade the CPU or will I be fine with the G530? As noted, I won't be doing anything too instensive, but I do want my baseball games to come through in HD without issues!

I run a G620 for my bedroom HTPC for LiveTV, BD rips and Netflix, etc. It does a fine job. I'd say go for the G1610 upgrade from the G530 just so you get the latest and greatest.

 

 

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Ordered!

Two quick follow up questions:
1. Will I need a power cord? Wouldn't be any fun to get all this stuff in the mail and not be able to plug it in.
2. Do I need the Profession version of Windows 8 to get WMC? I've seen some conflicting info on that.
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Ordered!

Two quick follow up questions:
1. Will I need a power cord? Wouldn't be any fun to get all this stuff in the mail and not be able to plug it in.
2. Do I need the Profession version of Windows 8 to get WMC? I've seen some conflicting info on that.

1. Shipments to North America include a power cord.
2. I'll defer to the experts (I am still W7MC the whole way) but I believe that's true since it's part of the "Pro Pack"

 

 

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- Windows 8: You have to buy "Windows 8 Pro Pack" $99.99 USD that includes WMC.
- Windows 8 Pro: You have to buy "Windows 8 Media Center Pack" $9.99 USD.

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Thanks - cheaper overall to go with pro from the start.

Everything is ordered - and I came in just a touch over budget (as always). Thanks to everyone for the help.

It's a safe bet that I'll have some additional questions once I start putting it together.
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