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Old January 23, 2010, 10:39 AM
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a Budget of $1000 can be cut in half for a great HTPC. For around $450 my latest build includes.

Silverstone GD04B HTPC Case
Intel E5200 + Gigabyte G41M-ES2H Motherboard ($109 bundle NCIX & Motherboard has HDMI out.)
2gb Kingston Ram
Corsair VX450 Power Supply
Seagate 1TB 7200.12 Hard Drive
I'll probably add an Nvidia GT220 Video card soon after

I'll be using XBMC under Linux so I went with the Nvidia GT220 over an ATI due to much better Linux support for Nvidia. If I was running under Windows I would go for an ATI 4350, try out the onboad HDMI or another GT220.
I may add a BluRay drive later but ti's not important now.

An HTPC does not require raw power just a selective choice of components for the 1080p crowd.
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