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Let me start off by saying this is a VERY informative site, glad I signed up and thanks in advance.
I am planning on building my first HTPC system and chose one of the recommended system builds listed below. I am trying to keep my budget below $400 with room to expand is possible.

System chose:
CPU: Athlon II X2 255 ADX255OCGQBOX/ADX255OCGMBOX 3.1GHz 65W AM3, $63
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CPU Cooler: Stock cooler, $0
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Motherboard: ASRock 880GMH/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G/SB710 chipsets microATX, $82. An alternative is GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G/SB850 chipsets microATX, $90 (supporting SATA 6Gb/s and IEEE 1394).

Memory: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws DDR3-1600 CL9 2 x 2GB Kit, $53.

Graphics Card: Radeon HD 4250 (integrated in the chipset), $0.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA 3.0Gbps 7200 RPM, $59.

PSU: Seasonic S12II-380 Bronze, $53.

Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 5000B microATX, with a card reader, $65.

Total Cost: $375

Now for the questions:

- I am mostly concerned with DVR capabilities. I want to be able to record digital cable from Time Warner. Am I able to install a cable tuner in this setup? I will be using WMC since from what I've been reading seems to be the best for DVR capabilities.

- If this system is able to DVR is it best to install a card or use a external device?

I guess what I'm really wanting to do is upgrade options on my build. I want to get the 'main' unit built and running and be able to upgrade to a cable tuner later.

I need to be able to record and playback in High Def. and I would like to support up to 3 tv's with my build.

SOUND
I also want to be able to playback in 'surround sound'


Thanks again in advance and sorry if any questions dont make sense. I was brainstorming as I was typing. Any and all suggestions or other builds are appreciated. I wanted to give you experts something to work with.
post #2 of 3
No point going with an old slow AMD build from 2008. I'd build:

- Intel G550 ($35 at Microcentre, $45 elsewhere)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM - $20
- Asrock B75 Pro 3 - $80 (ATX for full expansion options)
- Samsung 128GB 830 - $100
- Additional HDD for DVR recordings - $100 for 2TB
- Case, anything that can fit ATX
- 8 for the OS

HDMI can carry surround sound. Someone else can chime in about the tuner.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply and good point.....2008 is a bit outdated. Thanks for the recommendation. Hope somone can reply about the dvr components.......
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