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    #1 survivorist

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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

    I am looking to build an HTPC that will be used primarily to play HD films(both via blueray and those stored on hard drive), stream HD films from another PC, play music and some light gaming. I have experience of building PC's but am not sure where to start with an HTPC. I do not have a preference for mini-itx or microATX and I don't feel I need an SSD. I would also like a mini keyboard and remote control solution if you know of any and a digital terrestrial TV receiver. Budget is between $500-700, no monitor required. Any help very much appreciated!
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    #2 ikon

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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:42 PM

    A link to my own build: http://homeserversho...h__1#entry23783. There are plenty of others in the forums, just search for HTPC :)
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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:17 PM

    See my signature line, and I think you will want to re-think that no SSD philosophy.
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    #4 survivorist

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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:38 PM

    See my signature line, and I think you will want to re-think that no SSD philosophy.


    Sorry but I'm not sure what you mean. Where is your signature line?
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    #5 ikon

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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:20 PM

    Sorry but I'm not sure what you mean. Where is your signature line?


    It's the light grey text at the bottom of everyone's posts. Not everyone has entered a signature line (I haven't) but, if they have, that's where it is.
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    #6 mattd390

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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

    Sorry but I'm not sure what you mean. Where is your signature line?


    It isn't shown on the mobile version I believe.
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    Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:05 PM

    HTPC Build (x2) - Silverstone GD05 Case, ASUS P7H55-M PRO MOBO, CoolerMaster M600W PSU, Intel i3-530 CPU w/4GB G-Skill DDR3 1333 RAM. OCZ 60GB SSD Drive for the OS with a 120GB WD 2.5" Blue drive for data storage.
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    Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

    It isn't shown on the mobile version I believe.


    Interesting point; makes sense too.
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    Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

    I would go with more of what jmwills has with two exceptions. Go with the 2100/2120 sandy bridge using a Z 68 board as they have a Sata 3 controller and definitely go with an SSD for the OS. The difference on an HTPC is staggering.
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    Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:33 AM

    Mine are approaching 18 months old, but yes a MOBO upgrade would be in order.
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    Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:37 AM

    Here's one with a 2120
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