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Here's what I got so far for my build...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163117 SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131324 ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371006 Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103773 AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136317 Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Total is 463.94

The Mobo has the ATI Radeon HD 3200 onboard will this be enough or should I get a dedicated card?

All I need to add is a OTA dual tuner card..

How's all this look? This will be for surfing the net, netflix, hulu, over the air HD pvr, bd player, DVD player, I will also be playing back ripped Blu Ray's...

I will be running vista 64 home premium and using vista media center...

Any ideas or changes welcome....

Thanks for looking

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Originally Posted by INphotog /forum/post/16954519

Did a little more research and found this CPU


It's only $19 more, it's a quad (Overkill?), and it is only 65w


You will be sacrificing speed (3.0Ghz vs. 2.0GHz) with the quad-core. There aren't many apps which will take advantage of multi-cores. You want the faster dual-core not the slower quad-core.

Also, the board is great for BDs and HD videos. But depending on your personal preference you may or may not like the 780G for de-interlacing. I have no problems, but people who can make out the difference usually recommend a video card. On its own the board is good enough for your apps.

Case: Since you are spending $90 plus ship AR on your case, here's another option: MCE 303 - $99 free ship

I own this amongst others; good product, reliable seller, has a VFD to show media info, comes with IrTrans receiver build into the FP, add a $10 remote and you are set, great value compared to other cases. Only thing is, it takes a µATX board and is low-profile (sleek), regular ATX PSU. I had my M3A78-EM in this case for a year.

Hard Drive: Samsung eco-green 1.5TB drives (2-pack) - $200 comes to $66.66/1TB. More than what you are looking for but cheaper in the end.

Also, Hitachi 1TB - $65 AR (can buy up to 5). I've had these for 6 months, no probs.

Go with a low-power CPU. This one is 125W while the new Regors are 65W. In fact the Regor 3.0GHz is the same price. The problem is they are all Socket AM3, so probably not supported on the board (check with ASUS).

Almost forgot:

Your ram is not compatible. The boards do not support 1066 on AM2 CPUs. Even if you do get a AM2+ CPU, it will only support it on 1 DIMM per channel, not on both sticks. With an HTPC, ram speed is not gonna make a difference, you will be fine with DDR2 800.
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