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Ok here is what I have in mind for HTPC.


OS = Windows 7 RC 64 Bit Already Have


Optical LG DVD Burner = $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136167


Case APEX MI-008 = $43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154091


HD Seagate 1TB = $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148433


Motherboard Zotac GF9300-D-E = $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500022


CPU E7400 = $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115206


Ram already have an extra 4 GB XMS2 DDR2 800


Total would be $428.90 after shipping.



I am curious about how well the 9300 intergrated works with this board. And also if Hybrid SLI is actually worth it. Also if anyone has had any experiences with Hybrid SLI then what secondary card are you using.


This board only has one PCI Express X16 so I was either going to go with another video card for average games like some racing sims and what not. Or maybe a TV Tuner still need to read about them and how they work if it would even be worth getting a tv tuner.


I also have a gaming pc that I use for more advanced games. But it would be nice to be able to play some games like GTR2, GTREVO, Grid with this since it will be hooked up as a HTPC to my 42" 1080P tv so would this setup be able to handle this or would I need another card.
 

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You can find a Blu ray reader from $55-$75 these days. Might as well just go for that.


I don't have your mobo exactly but the 9300 works fine for any HD videos with the Microsoft AVC drivers. Win7 RTM is definitely better though (some small bug fixes).


Also, I'd get a better case right off the bat. You're going to be disappointed after a month and that case will just be an obtrusive doorstop.
 

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You can find a Blu ray reader from $55-$75 these days. Might as well just go for that.


I don't have your mobo exactly but the 9300 works fine for any HD videos with the Microsoft AVC drivers. Win7 RTM is definitely better though (some small bug fixes).


Also, I'd get a better case right off the bat. You're going to be disappointed after a month and that case will just be an obtrusive doorstop.

Whats wrong with the case I don't plan on fideling with it all the time build it and use it. What case do you suggest then. All I want this for is the living room. To use Windows 7, Internet "Don't like the PS3 Browser", Media Portal and some light gaming in the living room. I don't need a Blu Ray reader I have a PS3 for that. If I want to play crysis and stuff like that I will use my other main pc.


Specs of my main pc are

Cosmos S

Q6700 on water @ 3.8

EVGA 750i SLI

EVGA GTX 260 SLI

8 GB XMS2

Antec Tru Power Quattro 850

Swiftech Pump, Rad, Res

Dtek V2 water block

Tygon 3/4 tubing.
 

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Your build sounds good. The Apex MI-008 is one of the smallest cases you can get with full size Hdd, Odd and expansion slot.


My system is:

Morex T3500 w/ 150w external psu (92 x 200 x 235 mm )

Zotac 9300 itx

E6300 oc @3.4ghz

4G Ocz Platinum @ 910Mhz

320gb wd 7200 rpm scorpio black. 2.5"

AeroCool Streamliner 140mm x 20mm fan

USB AverTV Hybrid Volar Max USB tuner


I am extremely happy with it. To give you an idea of the performance the windows experience index is:




I would think you should be able to play some games that aren't too intense.


My TV tuner works great and meets my needs for the moment but I plan on eventually buying the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital HDTV Tuner.


You should search the "official" Zotac 9300 ITX thread for Apex MI-008 it is a very popular case but their is not much room between the cpu cooler and the PSU, which exhausts down). You can make it work, many have this setup. If I had gone with the MI-008 I would have eventually gotten rid of the psu and used a picopsu w/external brick and a 120mm case fan for virtually silent operation, increased power efficiency and improved thermal efficiency.


good luck!
 
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