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[CPU] AMD Athlon II X4 3.0GHz AM3 95W ($110 + $5) http://ow.ly/1rZF5r

[BD-ROM] SAMSUNG BD-Reader 8X Combo SATA ($80 + $7) http://ow.ly/1rYhyF

[GFX] MSI GeForce GT430 1GB DDR3 128-bit Low Profile ($85 + $11 - $10) http://ow.ly/1rZjx1

[SSD] Corsair 32GB SATAII 2.5" ($75 + $10) http://ow.ly/1rYus5

[MOBO] ASRock AM3 USB3 eSata MicroATX ($85 + $12) http://ow.ly/1rZPPe

[RAM] G.SKILL Ripjaws 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz CL7 240-Pin ($55 + $10) http://ow.ly/1rYuzC

[CASE] Sentey SS1-2422 MicroATX 450W ($57 + $17) http://ow.ly/1rZLmU

[SOUND] Sony HTSS370 5.1 with Receiver & Remote ($279 + $0) http://ow.ly/1rZPt6
 

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CPU is overkill

5450 is great, but 512 meg version would work just as well

Get a 'green' 1.5 or 2tb drive and a 32gb SSD as your OS drive.

Mobo is overkill since you're gonna use a discrete vid

4gb mem is overkill, get 2gb instead


Don't forget to price in: Tuner(s), wireless keyboard/mouse, and a remote.
 

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lower the cpu means less heat and since u have a dedicated video you dont need a strong cpu... seperate os drive because it will allow to perform better, windows can be read and written to while ur watch or ripping and what not. Last night i watched my rip of how to train your dragon while ripping speed racer, with zero issues, the other thing is you can get a smaller GB hard drive with a Higher Rpm and that will allow the programs like media center and wat not to perform a bit better... I have a amd athlon 250 core with an 5450 and can do everything you just described but my cpu uses 45w...
 

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i've shop'ed on newegg canada for the past 5 hours o_O


haha


5450 is a slick deal for the price! there's nothing lower anyways, its lowest!


SSD are pricy and im kinda on a budget... i love them, but they r pricy...



same for Ram,,, its was 2x1GB ($45) or 2x2GB ($50) ... so for $5, i get twice ram!!


same for MoBo... its the lowest i found....
 

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You can get this Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST32000542AS-Bare Drive for less than the 1 GB $69.99 at Amazon and some others. I know it's 5900 rpm, but you will not notice the difference when you are watching vids.
 

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You do not need seperate drives.


I too would recommend a dual core, like a Athlon II X2 245e. You could go with a Athlon II X2 245 as well but the "e" version should run a little more cool and energy efficient.


I agree with you on purchasing 4gig of memory. It's dumb to buy 2 x 1gig sticks when they are basically outdated before you even get them. The other option is to buy 1x2gig stick and then get a matching one later but only if you absolutely can't afford the extra stick now.


Biostar seems to do OK for cheap motherboards.


I have been using shopbot.ca to find the best deals and then using NCIX since they have a price match right on the shopping cart. Too bad NCIX opened an Ontario store because they now charge for PST where before I would save 8%. It was great price matching to say Tigerdirect.ca or Newegg.ca and then also saving the 8% on top of the price match.


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well my initial thoughts were buy a 32GB SSD stricly for my Win7 + Softwares


and get a seperate at least 1TB internal HDD for my Media...

even 5400rpm would be ok for holding my media and playing it....


but its $$$

 

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Geeze, a 2TB 5400rpm Green drive will have better performance than an old model 200gig 7200rpm drive. My 2T green drives kick the crap out of my older 500gig WD drives. And a 200gig WD drive would probably perform even worse than my 500gig drives.


It makes no sense at all to buy a 1T 7200rpm drive with the current 2T Green drive performance and prices.


Why waste any money on an outdated small 7200rpm drive???? You won't be doing OS type stuff when you are playing a media file, you will be sitting there watching the TV.


I have a 320gig, 2.5" laptop drive in my HTPC and my HTPC works fine with it. I haven't done any speed tests but I'm believing it's a pretty slow drive. I bought that drive because it was much cheaper than a SSD and would run cooler and quieter than a 3.5" HDD and I also wanted space for torrents. I've moved to using usenet on my unRAID server and now I would not buy that drive again today. I run dual displays and multi-task with my HTPC all the time and don't have any issues with playback.


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