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Old August 11, 2009, 02:20 PM
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My System Specs

Default Budget HTPC from spare parts

I ended up with a few parts laying around so I decided to put together an HTPC to replace my aging P4 box.
It will be connected to projector via VGA and to 5.1 sound system via S/PDIF.

Parts I have:

- Corsair VX550w PSU
- Lite-On DVD W/R
- 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 677 generic memory
- spare HDDs
- cpu heatsink
- GeForce 8400GS PCI (for now)
- Xi-Fi Xtreme gamer and Xonar D1 PCI
- Windows 7 RC

Parts I'm looking, used or on sale, need suggestions:

- horizontal case, something like this but cheaper:
NCIX.com - Buy Nmedia HTPC-5000B Desktop Media Centre Case mATX Black 1X5.25 4X3.5INT Card Reader No PS - HTPC-5000B In Canada.

- micro/miniATX motherboard with PCI-E slot and a couple PCIs

- Core2 CPU, something that will handle Blu-Ray rips within budget.

- maybe 30GB SSD for OS

Last edited by artistpavel; August 11, 2009 at 03:37 PM.
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