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Old 12-30-08, 02:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: My first HTPC

Originally Posted by aimlessnub View Post
Hello everyone, i decided to start the new year with a new computer . This is going to be my first build ever, so i need your guys help. i have a 40inch samsung that i got on blackfriday and i want to build a htpc/gaming rig, enough to play bluray movies smoothly and some basic gaming (counterstrike,wc3,etc).

case: - $165
mobo: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 - $130
cpu: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz - $190
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $105
cooler: Scythe SCMNJ-1000 80mm Sleeve "NINJA MINI" CPU Cooler - $40
tv-tuner: AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV Tuner Card (White Box)w/L-P Bracket 7 95522 96058 0 PCI-Express x1 - $90
memory: still looking for something cheap and reliable, anyone?
GPU: also need help

i was going to get an antec htpc case until i saw the lian li case, which completely won me over hahah, im not sure if all this parts will fit in the case, does it look good this build? can anyone shed some light on this?
Wow, seems like you are going all out on this HTPC. Since this is a gaming rig as well as a HTPC, the parts seem pretty good. I'm assuming money is no object here?

Here are my opinions on a few of these things:

TV-Tuner - I almost don't see any point in these any more, most providers such as Comcast, DirecTV, etc, encrypt their signals, especially the HD channels. And you can't record them!!!! So what's the point? And what about the digital switch in two months?

RAM - Are you going to use a 32-bit or 64-bit OS? Go with 3GB or 4GB depending on your answer.

GPU - NVIDIA 260 sounds good to me with this setup. Heck if money is no object, go for the freakin 280.

HDD - If I were you, I would get a small 80GB drive for your OS and use the 1TB drive for your storage (movies, music, etc). That way, if you have to reformat one day or your stuff crashes, you won't lose your goods

CPU - The Q6600 is still rockin on games IMO.

Hope this helps!
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