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If you still want to use the original case (which I recommend, I have it and it's a great case... well designed), I would get it at Amazon. Here. It's gonna save you over $30 between the price of the unit itself and the shipping.
 

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You can save a LOT of money and keep the basic function depending on what you are willing to give up.


1: $105 is a lot for a Tuner card, to record OTA just get a Avermedia Duet (2 useable tuners) for $65 and separate remote. OR Asus has a WMC Combo tuner for $80 w/$20 rebate (final cost $60). You will only get one useable tuner that way though. NTSC tuners are worthless for OTA only setups, you can only use ATSC.

2: Use onboard graphics, add video card later only if needed.

3: Power supply is overkill, the 430W Rosewill 80+ for $40 is enough

4: I'd spend a bit more and get a 1 TB hard drive. You WILL fill it up. OTA recording eats about 6GB/hr.

5: $110 is a lot for a case, a $20 Rosewill will do the job, just not look as pretty.
 

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If you are really not going to record much TV, ditch the tuner card. At least in my area, a tuner card for OTA would be pretty much useless. Save $105 right there, and you can always get on later...


I'm also curious why you went with the asus g41 board. Does it offer any advantage over other g31 boards? I.e. The $43 MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130234


As for your video, no real comment other than you don't need a beast to run a HTPC, but I'd rather have too much than not enough... YMMV. $62 GIGABYTE GV-N95TOC-1GI GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125261


IMO, you could also get by with a lot less of a PSU. Your pick seems a bit overkill.


I'm planning a build and this will probably be my HTPC with a few tweaks:


$337 out the door
. I just built a core i7 on the 1156 platform, but I hesitate to use it as a dedicated HTPC. You didn't mention where you will store this thing either. Mine will be tucked away thus the "regular" case. No need for an HTPC case if its out of sight.
 

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To nit pick specific parts of your build:


Vid card: Get the 5450 for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131339


Tuner: Get a USB tuner off ebay for half the cost or less


PSU: 500w is overkill



CPU: Spend $17 more and get a E5200


HD: Can you hold off till Green 1.5tb come back down to $80


Oh and don't forget Bing and Cashback (probably thru Tigerdirect is your best bet)
 

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Wait 12-18 months to make your purchase. It will be cheaper then.

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Originally Posted by davegod75 /forum/post/18134752


Looking for some help to make this build cheaper.


I plan to run Windows 7 Media Center 100% of the time and do the following via it:


Hulu

DVD and eventually Blu-ray playback

Youtube

Record OTA shows (probably not much)

other online content

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=10476074


Thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by mike 01hawk /forum/post/18135321


To nit pick specific parts of your build:


Vid card: Get the 5450 for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131339


Tuner: Get a USB tuner off ebay for half the cost or less


PSU: 500w is overkill



CPU: Spend $17 more and get a E5200


HD: Can you hold off till Green 1.5tb come back down to $80


Oh and don't forget Bing and Cashback (probably thru Tigerdirect is your best bet)

guess I should clarify on the video card. I already have a 4550 with the 7-pin min DIN connection. I need this for the component connections it allows. My current TV and receiver don't support HDMI only component (which I will be using)
 

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If you are really not going to record much TV, ditch the tuner card. At least in my area, a tuner card for OTA would be pretty much useless. Save $105 right there, and you can always get on later...


I'm also curious why you went with the asus g41 board. Does it offer any advantage over other g31 boards? I.e. The $43 MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130234


As for your video, no real comment other than you don't need a beast to run a HTPC, but I'd rather have too much than not enough... YMMV. $62 GIGABYTE GV-N95TOC-1GI GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125261


IMO, you could also get by with a lot less of a PSU. Your pick seems a bit overkill.


I'm planning a build and this will probably be my HTPC with a few tweaks:


$337 out the door
. I just built a core i7 on the 1156 platform, but I hesitate to use it as a dedicated HTPC. You didn't mention where you will store this thing either. Mine will be tucked away thus the "regular" case. No need for an HTPC case if its out of sight.


Sorry, the more I read comments the more I realized I left out. I went with the Asus board because I need/want optical audio out. I will not be using HDMI for audio at first.
 

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drop the wireless n card. hard-wire the pc, you'll be happier.
 
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