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HTPC HTPC build help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kylevdm, 31 Jul 2011.

  1. Kylevdm

    Kylevdm The Mod Zoo Podcast Host

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    Hey all,

    Well as many of you will know I have not been around for a good while! I have been working, studying, moving city, country... but cutting to the chase I have about £500 (can go higher if needs be) to spend next month on an HTPC for my new flat. Will need to be able to play 1080p video.

    I am basically looking for suggestions for a motherboard, cpu, gpu and psu as I have no idea what I am looking for anymore... I have no need for hard drives or optical drives.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Timmy_the_tortoise

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    I was thinking of building one of these myself. Small (16GB) SSD for my OS and a 2TB NAS for all my media.

    I would definitely go for a Mini ITX board. The AMD E-350 is a good low power processor for it... you can get a lot of Mini ITX boards with an AMD E-350 and a Radeon 6130.. which apparently performs really well with HD video at low power. You shouldn't need more than 2GB of RAM either.

    For Case and PSU the Antec ISK 310-150 is a really nice, discrete little case with a 150W PSU included which will power all that hardware and then some.

    Basically.. I've just told you to get what I'll be getting... except I'll have a Blu Ray Drive... :p

    Oh... and I did a preliminary "shop" at ebuyer.com and it all came to < £300.. including P&P
     
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  3. Kylevdm

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    Cheers dude, will definitely keep that in mind. I am currently living at my parents in Brussels for the summer so will only be ordering this when I return back to Glasgow. I was thinking about getting a blu ray drive but I own no Blu Rays in the uk...
     
  4. Timmy_the_tortoise

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    You can always buy some. ;)

    You would have to buy PowerDVD Ultra or Total Media Theatre, though.
     
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