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    Ok guys, I'm in the market for building an HTPC, and would like to get some of your recommendations on what would be the best parts to concentrate on.

    What I am looking for this HTPC to be able to do:


    • Stream movies and shows from Hulu, Netflix, etc.
    • Play movies, music from internal drives and networked drives
    • Be able to use emulators to play GBA, SNES, PS1, PS2, and hopefully XBOX games
    • Be able to record from cable (i.e. like a DVR)
    • Plenty of storage space for media
    • As completely silent as possible
    • Movies to be played at 1080p
    • great sound output
    • Using the least amount of power possible


    So far I've been looking at getting a MiniATX board, as using one of the Intel ATOM boards would only give me 1x PCIe slot to work with. A MiniATX however, would allow me to use a low-end graphics card, a sound card, and add in a wireless card as well. I'm also going to be needing to try find/ build an IR receiver as well, so that I will be able to use a remote. Haven't yet decided on what case I'll be using yet, so I don't know it watercooling will be an option, and might go against the silent requirement. Although I will be using plenty of sound dampening material through out the case to get rid of any excess vibrations.

    Here are what I'm thinking of at the moment for hardware requirements:

    • very quiet or possibly fanless PSU
    • SSD is going to be a must, but probably won't need much more than 16BG to run it off of.
    • way to silence the HDDs until I can afford a 1 or 2 TB SSD for storage.
    • Hoping to run the whole thing off of Linux if at all possible, meaning hardware drivers need to be Linux compatible


    Don't have a set budget in mind at the moment, but plan on doing the work in stages. In that respect, a motherboard with decent onboard graphics to start with would be nice.

    So what would you use to build your perfect HTPC?

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    Enclosure: Currently Undecided
    TV Tuner: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1850
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    Storage Drives: 3x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green
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    Great topic, this is a great chassis http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...pno=cw03&area=

    I'll tell you what I have in my HTPC it does everything you want.

    Msi 790fx mobo
    AMD 955 CPU
    4 Gigs generic ram 800mhz
    GTS 450
    6 internal 1 terabyte drives 2 hotswapable terabyte drives
    650w OCZ PSU
    Bluetooth Candyboard keyboard/remote
    hauppauge tv tuner card
    W7 64 bit

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    PSU's : SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W I have one....up to around 300w load it runs fanless is still 88%+ efficient at 10% load

    There is a smaller one if this one is too big

    One of the new SB setups will be really efficient maybe an H board and a i5-2400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131686
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115075 low power on board hd graphics etc

    But truth be told I know jack about the subject so you would have to check the specs will suit .......
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    @smduff:

    I love that case, but the misses would kill me if I spent $700 on a case for this project. However, I did notice that SilverStone sells the MFP51 which might just solve my remote control issue. With a cheaper case, I'd still get almost the same amount of function, without the 7 inch screen built in.
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    @ Grumpy:

    Been looking at a few Seasonic PSU's, and that one is definitely on my short list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shattered.likeness View Post
    @smduff:

    I love that case, but the misses would kill me if I spent $700 on a case for this project. However, I did notice that SilverStone sells the MFP51 which might just solve my remote control issue. With a cheaper case, I'd still get almost the same amount of function, without the 7 inch screen built in.
    Its the same thing really it would work just fine, like grumpy said as well the H67 boards are good in fact MSI said that's what they were made for and the 2500k is also a great choice.

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    I still don't really have my head around the processors ...I thought the K series will overclock but need a P series MB to do so so the non k processors go with the H boards....anyways I think the 2400s is a 65watt processor that costs a bit more than the 95watt 2400 and would work in an H series micro atx board and use the on chip graphics if you wanted. For this you could choose the MB by the features such as slots, usb3, etc runs with normal 1.65v or less ram so a deal on that is just a quick look at the egg away

    There is a review of the fanless seasonic that skyguy did a while back ...it might even have enough power for this build and it does not get any quieter than fanless
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    Added in an EDIT a little while ago, and am thinking that with going with Intel over AMD, I'll have the additional processor instructions to be able to run a PS2 emulator, so I can play PS2 games on it as well. And, since they are no longer being made, it shouldn't be that hard to find a ton of games at a great discount.
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    ECS Mini ITX P67 board with a 2500K. Pop in whatever GPU suits your budget. KILLER. I'll be doing a review soon, dunno which CPU I'll drop in.

    Case? Silverstone SG-07. Comes with an awesome PSU, great setup, no need to keep it separate. Great price, go nuts.

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    Jake,

    Any idea on when the 2390T processor might be coming out? 35W TDP will keep things nice and cool in the HTPC, and result in a much lower power draw.
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    Ah, good point. I keep thinking "power" instead of "low" power for HTPC. A 2400 perhaps? No clue about the 23xx chips, sorry bud.

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    Hopefully soonish, I'm wanting to have decent enough power, but not needing to go overboard. I honestly started thinking about going with a socket 775 E7500. Lower cost, 65W, and still enough power for PS2 emulation (has the SSE4 multimedia instructions). Might still go for it depending on the price of a 2390T if they release by the time I start buying.
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    Seeing what processors Intel is coming out with here soon, I probably going to start looking at the Core i7 2629M, as long as it has the SSE4 multimedia instructions. Should be more than enough to run an HTPC, and the 25W TDP should definitely help to keep things cooler inside the case.

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    Here are some setups for HTPC, I am not sure about putting links to other forums, smite me down later if necassary.

    There is a donation required for the latest builds, that just started...there is alot to read through and alot of information.

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...%20Motherboard
    Last edited by Judasone; 22-01-2011 at 13:12.

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    I got a Seasonic X-SERIES 750 W PSU from Jake last September and it appears to be a very nice unit.

    I'll look at getting another seasonic PSU for my next build.

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