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$1000 HTPC

post #1 of 13
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The only thing I have picked out is my case. Silverstone Tek GD07B. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007X8TQW0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER I want to have my storage in the same case as my playback hardware.

I use a Onkyo TX-SR607 (7.1 onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding) for audio and selecting inputs to my 58" Panasonic 720P plasma.

I want to pass the audio format through the CPU and I want a video GPU that will allow me to set the resolution of my TV 1366X786. I have had trouble with onboard Intel GPU that is why I mentioned that.

I have a couple of SSD hard drives and enough spinning drives to get started. Plan on JBOD storage. It's just movies and music after all.

Two tuner cards, the old ones from several years ago. Can't remember the name off hand. But I think the are old PCI. I will post that later today.

Windows 7 Ultimate for the OS which I already have.

I guess Bluray drive would be OK.

I want reliable long lived hardware. I keep my hardware a long time.

I don't plan on much encoding but would like the capability to encode in an expeditious manner.

So that adds up to PS, video card or onboard video, ATX mobo, cpu, and ram I think.

Help me out please.
post #2 of 13
I think you need to be a bit more clear in your request.

Provide as much detail as possible on what you would like to accomplish with this machine (purpose).
post #3 of 13
Asrock H77 or Z77 motherboard $65-$99
8GB DDR3 1866mhz (Gskill / Mushkin/ Crucial/ Corsair ) $50
i3 3225 CPU $120
Vertex4 128GB or Samsung 840 128GB SSD $99
Seasonic 400 watt PSU $50
Seagate 7200.14 3TB HDD for storage. $120 each.



^ probably the answer for most builds wink.gif
post #4 of 13
Agreed Mfusick, that's a good build that would suit the average HTPC builder.

But, the OP's header was "$1000 HTPC", so I would assume that that he has some specific goals in mind, as the average HTPC should be around $600 or so (anything more generally comes down to storage capacity and aesthetics).

I'm relatively new to this forum, and do not have a lot of experience yet with HTPC specific software, but I've been building computers (as a hobby) for the last 15 years or so.
I've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from everyone in this forum, and I want to try to give back where I can.
Just like a desktop build, If there is a budget, there should also be a definitive purpose, so that in the end, the computer does what you need it to do.

HTPC's, IMO, takes a little more thought than a regular desktop tower build.

With a $1000 budget, you can put together a nice box with plenty of storage, but if there is a premium on gaming, or some power video encoding, or even a do-it-all PC, the parts and quantities I would suggest come into play.

The OP specifically list PS ( i assume PSU/Power supply), Video Card vs. onboard, and RAM. All three of these items i would need more details to provide a solid recommendation.
post #5 of 13
Your 100% right. And I left out the form factor and case for a reason wink.gif

I think something like a Silverstone MILO 03 and mATX motherboard is the most popular and highest value; but you can go tower, or node- or even a mini-ITX for small premium. Those are subjective personal decisions but the "guts" are usually all the same (SSD, CPU, DDR etc)

With software (windows + whatever else) he'll come in around $1000. Hopefully a bit cheaper but my experience tells me people usually just spend the extra on the next step up CPU. (I did biggrin.gif) 3570k is next step up. Of coarse a $50 CPU will work just fine too for a lower budget.
post #6 of 13
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I want to watch 1366X786 video on my 58" plasma, have the 7.1 surround play, encode a movie or burn a Bluray disk occasionally, watch streaming video off the internet, up/down load HD movies, store and play 1TB of music, browse the internet, create and edit MS Office documents, and use my two PCI tuner cards. This will be my main computer. I have a laptop that is doing the job now but I want my hard drives using the SATA bus rather than USB. I just moved to an apartment and can't rewire the place so I am using powerline Ethernet and WiFi to connect all my devices. I like the idea of using my Android tablet as a remote which the Asus wifi go! allows, might be a gimic but I'm a sucker for that. My biggest concern is the HUGE video card that takes two spaces. It will cover some connectors that I am not sure what they are used for:


Here is my system from PC parts picker http://pcpartpicker.com/b/AxM
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $223.79 @ Amazon

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 $199.99 @ Amazon

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $52.98 @ Amazon

Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB $148.98 @ Newegg

Case Silverstone SST-GD07B (Black) HTPC $158.96 @ Newegg

Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $94.49 @ Amazon

Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $59.99 @ Newegg

Total: $939.18
post #7 of 13
That's not a HTPC but a workstation in your living room.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
That maybe true.
post #9 of 13
Unless you are planning to do gaming or video editing, just about every part you've spec'd is overkill for your originally stated goal. You could spend half as much and still get done what you want to do.
post #10 of 13
Nice motherboard, if you want to save some money look at the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Good pick on cpu
That Corsair Vengeance is $7 off this week at Newegg.
If your not gaming check out the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD7770 , very quiet and a little less power hungy
I would go with a little bit smaller power supply. SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM
The LG WH14NS40 would be my pick for ripping
post #11 of 13
If you really want to spend that kind of money you could build yourself a home server and a HTPC for under a$1000. Nice thing about the home server is automatic backups, shared video/audio libraries, VPNs. You can even put a little HTPC into the bedroom next time you feel the upgrade itch.
post #12 of 13
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I think I'm going to drop the video card and just use the onboard video. It really is a server and HTPC in one. I just can't get GigE in this apartment and want the HD movies in the HTPC. It will be my main computer for everything. I have a Windows Home Server (actual server hardware) I hope to sell and make a little bit back.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Final build:

1 x ($229.99) Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$229.99

1 x ($199.99) ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$199.99

1 x ($139.99) SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
$139.99

1 x ($94.99) Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650 650W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply
$94.99

1 x ($79.99) ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
$79.99

1 x ($42.99) Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8
$42.99

2 x ($10.99) Silverstone Model CP06 60mm + 43mm + 43mm + 43mm Four-in-one SATA Power Connectors with Power Stabilizing Capacitors
$21.98

1 x ($15.99) Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R 10 Packs Disc Model OQBDR06LT-10
$15.99

1 x ($-4.40) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE
$-4.40

1 x ($-15.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #77824
$-15.99

Subtotal: $805.52
Tax: $0.00
Shipping and Handling: $16.13
Total Amount: $821.65
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