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Ordering HTPC parts in the morning 7/30. Any advice before I order???

post #1 of 6
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Htpc should be able to do:
1)Play/Rip/Transcode 3d Blu Ray and regular Blu Ray movies
2)HD Audio Bitstream TrueHD too Onkyo Reciever
3)Watch/Record Cabletv HD channels
4)Play Game EMU's inc PS2

Parts I already have:
1)HDD: 3 WD hdd 3TB sata 6.0, 3 WD hdd 2TB sata 3.0
2)Case: Antec Three Hundred Two MATX/ATX Mid Tower Case two 3.0 USB ports on front 6 HDD 3.5 2 HDD 2.5
3)PSU: Seasonic 380 watts
5)Rosewill MCE Remote

Software I have:
1)Windows 7 64bit
2)AnydvdHD

Parts Im about to buy:
1)CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz Intel HD 2500 graphics
2)Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M MATX (Has 4 Sata 3.0 and 4 Sata 6.0 so I can hook up all my HDD's to it)
3)Ram: GSKILL 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
4)Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
5)Rosewill RNX-N250PC Wireless Adapter
6)LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback

The only thing im not sure this could handle is the PS2 emulator? Any advice before I place my order in the morning?
post #2 of 6
SWEET build and nice choice pf parts . You obviously know what your doing .

Couple of thoughts which neither is required but since your doing a higher end system you may want to consider

# 1 Bump the ramm up to 8 gigs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

#2 Add a 64 or preferably 128 gig Crucial m4 or Samsumg 830 ssd . You will thank us all later if you do biggrin.gif

Again , if you do neither suggestion you still have a VERY nice build

Nice work and good luck . Please post back with some build pics.
post #3 of 6
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Thanks for your insight smile.gif I forgot to list that I already have a 64GB Crucial SSD. I think i will take your advice and bump the ram up to 8gb likes you suggested for just a few more dollars. Im thinking in order to play Pcsx2 emu I might need to get a discreet gpu. Im currently looking at a Geforce 440 GT GDDR5 1GB. Any suggestions for a cheap discreet GPU for PS2 emu that will also do 3d blu ray playback and TrueHD audio is welcomed.
post #4 of 6
I'm torn on the amount of ram. I am a proponent of "you can never have enough ram" but I constantly see people saying that 4GB is more than enough. If I am doing Live TV with a HD Homerun prime, would 8GB be beneficial? Cost isn't the issue, but if it won't be used, why spend it?
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Originally Posted by langsbr View Post

I'm torn on the amount of ram. I am a proponent of "you can never have enough ram" but I constantly see people saying that 4GB is more than enough. If I am doing Live TV with a HD Homerun prime, would 8GB be beneficial? Cost isn't the issue, but if it won't be used, why spend it?

The reason to go from 4 to 8 on the ramm is not " will I need it now" .

#1 You may change plans for the system later on and want more features . OR # 2, you may dismantle the system completely and go another direction later on . While the ramm can be purchased cheaply right now , that may not be the case later . Look at what happened to spinner hdds !!!

That's the reason for purchasing more now vrs later. No offence to any one but being "torn" over $15 diff is well .... you know tongue.gif
post #6 of 6
I agree Ram is not going to stay this cheap forever. Its just how things go. I still can't believe how cheap it is sometimes.
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