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Building an HTPC – Need your input


After doing some reading, I’ve gathered bits and pieces of hardware that I think fits my needs. The main functions that I am looking for on this systems are:


o Bluray video on Sony 46” Bravia XBR4

o HD video from pc

o MP3 audio via Optical to receiver

o Web browsing

o Picture and HD home video viewing

o Not looking for tv/dvr functionality from the HTPC

o Other things to consider: Low tolerance for slow systems when performing any of the above functions or others…


Looking for your constructive critique on all areas, particularly on performance. This is my first build :) so please wish me luck.


Here are the parts (all prices from J&R – I live in NYC so I’m picking them up):


CASE

Antec Fusion 430 HTPC Enclosure - Black

$178.88


MOBO

ASUS P5Q-EM Motherboard LGA775 G45

$148.99


PROCESSOR

Intel BX80570E8600 Core 2 Duo E8600 Desktop Processor

$268.99


MEMORY

PNY MD4096KD2-8X4 4GB PC2-6400 800-MHz DDR2 Desktop DIMM - (2x 2GB)

$111.98 - 2 packs of 4GB / 8 GB total.


HD

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Internal Hard Drive

$79.99


NETWORK / WIRELESS

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter

$79.99


KEYBOARD / MOUSE

Adesso WKB-4000US SlimTouch Wireless Mini Keyboard

$84.99


BD DRIVE

Sony BDU-X10S Internal SATA Blu-Ray BD-ROM Reader Drive

$149.99


TOTAL: $1,200
 

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

Model #:BX80562Q6600

Item #:N82E16819115017

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1 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (0A35155) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (0A35155) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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Item #:N82E16822145167

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$109.99 $109.99



1 EVGA 113-YW-E115-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI ATX Intel Motherboard


EVGA 113-YW-E115-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Model #:113-YW-E115-TR

Item #:N82E16813188035

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$129.99 $129.99



1 HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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$59.99 $59.99



1 COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 red version FR-T05-URI-GP Black / Red Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with AC connector 430W Power Supply


COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 red version FR-T05-URI-GP Black / Red Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with AC connector 430W Power Supply - Retail

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$69.99 -$9.00 Instant $60.99



2 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

Model #:F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Item #:N82E16820231122

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$49.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.98



1 LG Black LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20LK


LG Black LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20LK - OEM

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$124.99 -$10.00 Instant $114.99

Subtotal: $745.92
 

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A general consensus is that GeForce 9300/9400 is better than G45. E8600 is overpriced. E8400 or E8500 is enough. Or go with Q9400 ($224 on Jan 18 price cut) for better multitasking.
 

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Thanks much to you both for such quick reply.


Renethx - what are your thoughts on the XFX MI93007AS9 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard - Intel. And then I will definitely go with the Intel BX80569Q9400 Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz 1333MHz 6MB L2 Cache 45nm Processor. Not sure that I will wait until the 18th but will defiantly do my best.


The XFX is the only mobo with the 9300 that J&R currently has and want to pick these items up on Friday.
 
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