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I have been using an HTPC successfully for 2 years now and I am seriously considering building a new one. My current setup is:


Motherboard: Asus P3BF with Intel 440BX chipset and AGP 2x

CPU: 600 Mhz Pentium III

Memory: 256 mb PC100 SDram

HD: IBM DJNA 20GB UDMA 66

DVD Rom: Hitachi GD-2500

Video: ATI Radeon 7000 w/ 64 Mb DDR ram

Sound: Aureal Vortex 2 (Au8830) with SP/DIF optical out

OS: Windows 98SE

Software: WinDVD 4

Monitor: Sampo 34" at 800x600/72Hz refresh rate


My HTPC works fine but as you can see some of the components are dated.

So far I am considering using:


Case: Coolermaster ATC 610GX

Motherboard: Here is where I need help. Need a MicroATX motherboard that will support AGP 8x and 533 mHz FSb

CPU: Pentium 4 or Athlon XP- depends on the M/B.

Memory: 256 Mb PC2100 DDR ram

HD: Quantum 20GB SCSI Ultra 160 with an Adaptec 29160 SCSI adapter

DVD drive: Pioneer DVR-A04 for DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R and CD-RW

media, and also reads CD-ROM and DVD-ROM discs

Video: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro w/ 128 Mb DDR ram

Sound: M-Audio Revolution OR Creative Audigy 2 for DVD_Audio playback

OS: Windows XP Professional Edition

Software: WinDVD 4

Monitor: Same


Any advice or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated. I am not into gaming and use the HTPC strictly for music and DVD Playback.


Thanks.
 

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"HD: Quantum 20GB SCSI Ultra 160 with an Adaptec 29160 SCSI adapter"


Don't think you need this for DVD or music, and 20 Gig seems too small. Everyone seems to do fine with IDE with DMA enabled.


"Video: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro w/ 128 Mb DDR ram "


Might want to consider the 9500 Pro if gaming isn't in the plans and you still want /need AGP 8x


"OS: Windows XP Professional Edition"


I think pro is only needed for full fledged networking with security. I think Home comes with the "Workgroup" type of networking.
 

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Will the SCSI Ultra 160 cause me problems?

As for size, I plan on storing my music files (.wav) on a very large external firewire drive so that I can transport it between computers.


I already have the SCSI Ultra 160 gear, that is why I wanted to use it. I use SCSI HDs in all of my business machines and they have been very reliable.
 

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If you have it then use it. The point I was trying to make is that DVD seems to work just fine at IDE transfer rates.
 
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