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I just did it again and ordered parts to build yet another HTPC.


I built this:


Motherboard:


2 x ($48.99) ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$97.98 (+10% off = 44$) (Bought an extra.. lol )


2 Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G630 2.7GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail G630BOX $61.99 Total for 2 $123.98 (also bought an extra)


1 x ($37.99) Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BD160B

$37.99 (+ extra 15% off = 32$)


1 x ($29.99) Broadway Com Corp 1243MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

$29.99 (Free shipping with Newegg business code)


1 x ($17.99) LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM (Free shipping)

$17.99


x ($159.99) OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$159.99- ($-30.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE

$-30.00 - $20 mail in rebate = $109


Total cost $294 shipped.


This has to be the nicest and most capable sub $300 HTPC.


I might upgrade the case PSU and CPU at some point and use these for an office PC. Not my favorite choices but I went economy.


I was suprised I could get high end 120GB SSD performance with 8GB DDR3 1600mhz, on Asrock w decent Sandy CPU for this price. Even the LiteOn is pretty decent as far as optical drives go.




Guess I got another PC build this weekend. I think I might keep this one for a while for myself.
 

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What did you use for a video card?
 

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Btw....heres mine:

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory 22.99


AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D 69.99


nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 1080P Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case 39.99


ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 53.99


Diablotek PHD Series PHD380M 380W Micro ATX Power Supply 28.99


Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 58.99


Total: 275.00

Plus Windows 8 and XBMC = a fantastic HTPC for my needs. (though I am having windows 8 issue so using my copy of win 7 until I get it sorted)
 

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None needed.

Ahhh gotcha...didnt realize the 630 had the intel graphics.
 

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Originally Posted by dan4081 /forum/post/21888172


Btw....heres mine:

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory 22.99


AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D 69.99


nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 1080P Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case 39.99


ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 53.99


Diablotek PHD Series PHD380M 380W Micro ATX Power Supply 28.99


Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 58.99


Total: 275.00

Plus Windows 8 and XBMC = a fantastic HTPC for my needs. (though I am having windows 8 issue so using my copy of win 7 until I get it sorted)

That is solid for that price. Congrats.
 

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That is solid for that price. Congrats.

As is yours.


I think its just amazing that such solid systems can be built for under $300.


(Whats even more surprising to me is my UnRaid server cost even less!)
 

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I'm planning on rebuilding my HTPC soon and I'll keep some parts:


- Case

- BR drive

- PSU

- Avermedia Duet cards

- 500gb laptop drive

- 2tb recording drive


So I want a new mobo, RAM and SSD for the OS/app drive. I'm already using onboard HDMI and it's great. I think this mobo might work for my needs but I would want an i5 Sandy bridge or what ever those cpus are. I've been away for a while and need to catch up on the tech. I'd like for the build to handy 3D. Think this mobo will still work for me? I'm going to go look over the guides and see what's recommended.
 

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As is yours.


I think its just amazing that such solid systems can be built for under $300.

Also highlights how, as prices continue to drop, how big a chunk of the total the cost of Windows has become for us normal humans, and how big a price advantage the big commericial builders have when they're only paying $10 or so for an OEM license.
 

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Nice! HTPCs are definitely moving in. For a little more than what most Bluray players cost you get so much more. Does that Sandy CPU handle 1080 content well? I may use one for my next build.
 

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Originally Posted by Zon2020 /forum/post/21891587


Also highlights how, as prices continue to drop, how big a chunk of the total the cost of Windows has become for us normal humans, and how big a price advantage the big commericial builders have when they're only paying $10 or so for an OEM license.

Tell me about it.
 

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Let's say I build 15 PC's. What is the best and cheapest way to get licenses?


How about 10?


Or 5?


Does it change?


Somone aware me.

If you are selling these and want to be legit you have to order many many more than 10 or 15 licenses to get them for $10 each.
 

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Amazing what you can get for the price these days. Are you guys planning on running Windows (another $100 at least) or use something like XBMC Live?


If any of use end up using Windows 8 Consumer Preview (which is free till next year) let us know if it works. That's what I'm running on a couple of pc's to save costs.
 

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Originally Posted by assassin /forum/post/21891721


If you are selling these and want to be legit you have to order many many more than 10 or 15 licenses to get them for $10 each.

I realize.


But what is my cost and best option?


Currently I just buy the discs. I have a PRO, a PRO OEM, a Home premium.


I use the same discs and just call microsoft when the codes stop working.


They give me new codes.


Is there a better way ?
 

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Why pay for a MS license If it's solely going to be a HTPC? Linux or pirate. I understand that the latter may not be appropriate for some, but even if selling let the person know upfront and that that's where a large part of the discount comes from.
 

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Originally Posted by Joeforsale /forum/post/21891760


Why pay for a MS license If it's solely going to be a HTPC? Linux or pirate. I understand that the latter may not be appropriate for some, but even if selling let the person know upfront and that that's where a large part of the discount comes from.

You must be joking. I would never allow this.
 

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Originally Posted by Joeforsale /forum/post/21891760


Why pay for a MS license If it's solely going to be a HTPC? Linux or pirate. I understand that the latter may not be appropriate for some, but even if selling let the person know upfront and that that's where a large part of the discount comes from.
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You must be joking. I would never allow this.

Unbelievable.


This is why the rest of us end up paying $100.


I'm still struggling to figure out why "pirating" is "ok" because it's "solely going to be an htpc." Does that somehow make it less stealing than if it was a desktop or laptop?
 

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With the exception of the last few posts, this thread makes me feel better about my build. It's always nice to know I can do it cheaper. I really didn't want to spend 5-600 on one, but was willing to.


What programs do you run on SSD other than OS?
 
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