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post #1 of 3 Old 06-24-2013, 06:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Down below you will find the items i will recieve for free at end of july. I need help with the case, blueray drive, ir remote, and other media related cards i might need to build HTPC with. I am leaning towards Fractal Design Node 605 for a case. Lastly will those parts i will be getting be enough to build a decent HTPC build? Also i don't know what media server i should go with PLEX, XMBC, WINDOWS media center etc? I definitely will be purchasing gtx770 card just because i have one on my gaming build.. Will buy exact same card and put it in this build so that if needed in the future i can take it from this and do sli config on my gaming rig. Should i consider replacing motherboard with mitx board? What should i use for cooling medium? I will be hooking this up with my 60 inch 120hz sharp tv. I have never built HTPC and i apologize if this is not the right section for these questions.


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SAMSUNG 22X Half-Height DVD Writer Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
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Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
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ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-25-2013, 08:22 AM
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Your parts will definitely work out for you. Some people will say you don't need an i5, or should look at the newer stuff (Sandy Bridge is a few years old already).

As for software, what exactly do you want to do?
-record television?
-stream to your phone/tablet/gaming console/roku?
-watch disc based movies?
-watch digital movies?
-stream Netflix etc?
-listen to FM radio?
-listen to lossless audio?

My HTPC front end set up
Integration for whole home ATSC, CableCARD, FM radio, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, VHS control & capture, video games, and archived & streaming media playback
Mironto's Panasonic plasma black level restoration guide
Restore the initial MLL on a 2009 Panasonic plasma
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My i3-550 Clarkdale gets the job done but I did ad an nVidia GT 430 to better utilize madVR and that is an old card too. Sandy Bridge i5 should be just fine for the price you are going to pay for this system.

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