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Hey guys I'm looking to build my first htpc next week or so. I have a list of components im looking at and wanted to have other people look at it and make sure everything will match up. I know it's a bit of overkill processor and ram wise but the price in getting them at didn't make sense not to do it.

Going to use it as my dvr replacement so it will be a always on computer running windows 7 more than likely.

I still havnt figured out the situation for remote control yet so input their would be appreciated.

Parts list
Corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3
Kingston digital 120 ssd for boot dive
Intel i5 4670k
Asrock 787 extreme 6 lga 1150 intel motherboard
Nmediapc 6000b case
Cougar rs 400 watt power supply
Infinitv 4
Lg sata blu ray
Western digital 1tb hhd
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Nothing specifically wrong that I see. Would go for at least a 2 or 3 TB internal drive even if using a server - I find I keep a lot of things local, but that is my configuration.

What are you looking for in a remote control? I have a Rosewell MCE remote from newegg that I mostly got fro the IR pick-up, as I ended up programming all of the functions into my Phillips. I also have a Lenovo N5901 remote keyboard w/ mouse function that I got for aournd $25 on sale.
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There is a lot of options for remote controls available
Microsoft MCE remote is the most common if the intended purpose is for DVR

Here is a article to help you get started
http://lifehacker.com/5935151/the-remote-control-conundrum-how-to-choose-the-right-remote-for-your-home-theater-pc

Remotecentral contains lots of information on remotes if you are interested in details and reviews of specific models
http://www.remotecentral.com/

The other thing about the HTPC is a small keyboard+mouse usable in dark or dimly lit conditions and capable of waking the PC from sleep

I use the Logitech Dinovo Mini. It is Bluetooth keyboard that also behaves like an ordinary USB keyboard, drivers optional
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support/dinovo-mini

There are similar models from Rii and Lenovo

As you plan to use an i5, the extra CPU power can be put to good use to get past the commercials.

Show analyzer and comskip are programs that index the TV show, it can optionally cut these out and save 25-30% disk space when archiving the TV show
An average 1 hour HDTV show in MPEG2 can be up to 7Gb, so disk space savings can be substantial.

http://www.kaashoek.com/comskip/
http://www.dragonglobal.biz/showanalyzer.html


This addin in WMC will read the index files and skip the ads automatically
http://babgvant.com/wiki/view.aspx/dvrmstoolbox/commercial_skip_addin
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Nothing specifically wrong that I see. Would go for at least a 2 or 3 TB internal drive even if using a server - I find I keep a lot of things local, but that is my configuration.

What are you looking for in a remote control? I have a Rosewell MCE remote from newegg that I mostly got fro the IR pick-up, as I ended up programming all of the functions into my Phillips. I also have a Lenovo N5901 remote keyboard w/ mouse function that I got for aournd $25 on sale.

Trully I'm just looking for basic functionality. Fastforward. Control media center for my channel list etc. Do you think a dongle of some sort would work with my harmony?

As for hdd I'm going to upgrade later but I already have a 1tb handy not being used.

Really I just wanted to make sure the case/ motherboard/ and cpu would be compatible etc.
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There is a lot of options for remote controls available
Microsoft MCE remote is the most common if the intended purpose is for DVR

Here is a article to help you get started
http://lifehacker.com/5935151/the-remote-control-conundrum-how-to-choose-the-right-remote-for-your-home-theater-pc

Remotecentral contains lots of information on remotes if you are interested in details and reviews of specific models
http://www.remotecentral.com/

The other thing about the HTPC is a small keyboard+mouse usable in dark or dimly lit conditions and capable of waking the PC from sleep

I use the Logitech Dinovo Mini. It is Bluetooth keyboard that also behaves like an ordinary USB keyboard, drivers optional
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support/dinovo-mini

There are similar models from Rii and Lenovo

As you plan to use an i5, the extra CPU power can be put to good use to get past the commercials.

Show analyzer and comskip are programs that index the TV show, it can optionally cut these out and save 25-30% disk space when archiving the TV show
An average 1 hour HDTV show in MPEG2 can be up to 7Gb, so disk space savings can be substantial.

http://www.kaashoek.com/comskip/
http://www.dragonglobal.biz/showanalyzer.html


This addin in WMC will read the index files and skip the ads automatically
http://babgvant.com/wiki/view.aspx/dvrmstoolbox/commercial_skip_addin
Thanks I hadn't even thought about commercials. Great info. Truly appreciate that a ton
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Trully I'm just looking for basic functionality. Fastforward. Control media center for my channel list etc. Do you think a dongle of some sort would work with my harmony?

As for hdd I'm going to upgrade later but I already have a 1tb handy not being used.

Really I just wanted to make sure the case/ motherboard/ and cpu would be compatible etc.

I use an ap called air keyboard with my iPad for remote control. I love it. http://airkeyboard2.skygears.com/
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Trully I'm just looking for basic functionality. Fastforward. Control media center for my channel list etc. Do you think a dongle of some sort would work with my harmony?

As for hdd I'm going to upgrade later but I already have a 1tb handy not being used.

Really I just wanted to make sure the case/ motherboard/ and cpu would be compatible etc.

Harmony is IR right, not RF. Just buy the cheapest MSC remote on newegg for the dongle and program the harmony from it.
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Harmony already has codes for every dongle or remote you're likely to find. Just plug it in and pick the right one. No learning required.
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