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My first HTPC


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I am currently researching components to build my first HTPC. My main use for this unit will be home theater, and gaming. Listed are the components I am currently considering. please leave suggestions.



silverstone GD01-MX HTPC case


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor BX80570E8400 - 3.0GHz, 6MB Cache,333MHz FSB, Wolfdale, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan

Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP @n Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket 775,


ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID


Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card


XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support


Maxtor Basics STM305004N1AAAS-RK 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, Retail


LG Super Multi Blu-Ray/HD DVD-Rom Drive - 6x BD-ROM, 6xBD-R,

BD-RE 2x, 3x HD DVD ROM,16 x DVD-ROM, 12x DVD-R, SATA

Ultra X3 ULT40064 1000-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular


Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 2048MB PC8500 Memory - DDR2 1066MHz Dual Channel (2x1024) CL7



any suggestions are appreciated.
 

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My first HTPC


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I am currently researching components to build my first HTPC. My main use for this unit will be home theater, and gaming. Listed are the components I am currently considering. please leave suggestions.



silverstone GD01-MX HTPC case


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor BX80570E8400 - 3.0GHz, 6MB Cache,333MHz FSB, Wolfdale, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan

Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP @n Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket 775,


ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID


Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card


XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support


Maxtor Basics STM305004N1AAAS-RK 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, Retail


LG Super Multi Blu-Ray/HD DVD-Rom Drive - 6x BD-ROM, 6xBD-R,

BD-RE 2x, 3x HD DVD ROM,16 x DVD-ROM, 12x DVD-R, SATA

Ultra X3 ULT40064 1000-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular


Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 2048MB PC8500 Memory - DDR2 1066MHz Dual Channel (2x1024) CL7



any suggestions are appreciated.

Not bad, but you need to change a few things...


That motherboard is DDR3, and your ram is DDR2. It's also Intel chipset, not the better nvidia for htpc use. DDR3 is a waste of $$ now a days. You will not see a single performance change with a LGA775 processor over DDR2. Get an Asus P5N motherboard. They are greattt for HTPC, I just used one for a friend's htpc.


Get 4gb of DDR2 1066mhz not 2. If you got the spare change, get 8gb.


Windows Vista x64 Ult of course for an O/S


Processor is perfect.


Sound is perfect.


Video card is perfect.


That maxtor hard drive is crap. Get a Seagate 1TB model with 32mb cache. They are around $110. I would reccomend a smaller boot drive, like a 500gb with 32mb cache for windows and the 1TB for storage (it will fill up quick!).


That power supply is toooo big, it will generate tons of heat. Get something in the 400-600w range that's 80 plus certified, bronze is better. I just measured a PC identical to this almost to the T, and at full load it was using 250 watts.


BD drive is fine.


Case is all up to personal preference, so that's up to you.
 

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Without knowing more detailed info I'm not sure how most can suggest anything.


Type of display, type or receiver, type of gaming (light, medium, heavy), data storage also or elsewhere if at all, etc...
 

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I personally heavily game on a 57" 1080p with my HTPC and store nothing but HDTV movies. What he wants to build is equal to my setup and there isn't a single thing I can't do. The only difference between my setup and what he wants is I have an older SLI Asus motherboard (p5n32-e plus) with two 9600gt's with equals out to one 9800gt.


The P5N-D and E8400 is a gaming standard today and considered top of the food chain for anything on the market. By the time that gets outdated, you'll need a i7.
 

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My main display is a

Panasonic - 42" Class 1080p Flat-Panel Plasma HDTV

1080p display

16:9 widescreen aspect ratio

High 20,000:1 contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 dynamic)

480Hz processing

Progressive scanning

3 HDMI inputs

Include 3 HDMI, 2 composite video, 2 S-video, 2 component video and 6 audio.

Outputs

Include 1 composite video, 1 audio and 1 digital audio.


As for a receiver, do I need one? Can't I run my audio ouput through my HTPC unit?
 

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Video card wise you're fine with a 9800gt, that's overkill if you don't game... but why get less?


I don't use a receiver, i use Logitech X540 5.1 speakers with my onboard Soundmax HD sound. If you got the cash, get a receiver and don't worry about the add on sound card. Onyko makes some nice Dolby and DTS decoding units that are very nicely priced. Right now they have this on sale, and just hook it up optically. I'm going to buy it this week, the reviews are awesome. Getting a receiver over a $$$$ sound card is the way to go. Alot more speaker options and control.

http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=...ss=Systems&p=i


You can find it for $299.99


I would also reccomend a Harmony remote. In fact, it's really a needed piece of hardware for a HTPC. I got a 520 that I got refirbed for $35 shipped from tiger direct.


My PC specs are:

CPU: Intel E8400

MOBO: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus

RAM: 4gb Kingston DDR2 800

HDD: Samsung 250gb 32mb, Samsung 500gb 32mb, WD 500gb 32mb

GPU: BFG 9600gt OC, EVGA 9600gt. SLI

Tuner: AverTV Combo pci-e

Sound: 7.1 SoundMAX HD. Logitech X540 5.1 speakers

Display: 57" Mitsu 1080p 6 color DLP

OS: Vista Ult x64, Windows 7 x64. Dual booted. Currently using 7.

Input: Logitech S510 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse, Logitech Harmony 520 remote control


It does it all and I'm very demanding considering I'm a network administrator by day.
 

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Here is an updated list of components based on your suggestions..

Please rate!...


silverstone lc10m

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor BX80570E8400 - 3.0GHz, 6MB Cache,

1333MHz FSB, Wolfdale, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan

XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 780i, Socket 775,

ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID


Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card

XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM

LG Super Multi Blu-Ray/HD DVD-Rom Drive - 6x BD-ROM, 6xBD-R,

BD-RE 2x, 3x HD DVD ROM,16 x DVD-ROM, 12x DVD-R, SATA

Corsair TX650W 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 120mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 4096MB PC8500 Memory - DDR2 1066MHz Dual Channel (2x2048) CL7


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit DSP OEM DVD with SP1

AVerMedia AVerTVHD HDTV/TV-Tuner Combo PCI Express (x1) Card - White Box
 

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Awesome, just make sure it's an 80plus power supply so your power bill isn't $$$$$
 
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