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Old December 10, 2010, 12:41 PM
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Default My HTPC Build

Well first off I was just going to modify the firmware of my WDTV Live and make movie sheets for everything I had which sounded like a great idea but then I thought everyones making HTPC's now a days...I want one. Now I already got about 5k worth of electronics in my living room still sitting in boxes that my mom doesn't seem to be able to justify me spending my money on but this I told her would be quite cheap. Here are my parts for the build so far,

Ordered parts that I cannot go back on:

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Dual Core Processor AM3 3.2GHZ 6MB L3 Cache 80W 45NM Retail Box - 89.99
Silverstone Lascala LC17B Black ATX HTPC Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT W/ 2X80MM Case Fan - 119.54
Seasonic SS-400ET 400W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan OEM - 41.69
Syba 4 Port Internal SATA II RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD PCI Controller Card - 34.78
NZXT Premium Individually Sleeved Computer Cables 4PIN Molex to 3x SATA Power Adapter Cable - 10.49

Parts I plan to order:

Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H AMD880G mATX AM3 DDR3 1PCIE CrossFireX DVI HDMI GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - 103.98
Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB 1X2GB DDR3-1333 240PIN DIMM Memory - 25.77
Six 2TB Drives and will manually duplicate data
Three 80mm blue LED fans
Blu-ray drive
Low profile hsf if someone can suggest one.
Logitech Harmony remote if I can justify $200 on one.
Sata cables

The reason I want this gigabyte board is cause I'm a gigabyte mobo fan and I love that it has auto unlock that will go hand in hand with this cpu, I have heard alot of people getting tri-quad cores out of the phenoms and hope to get the same. The ram here is just basic 2GB of ram, I plan to watch movies off my Mediasonic 4 Bay enclosure which I have four 2TB drives in already and thats it; while running either media browser or XBMC I won't be using this for anything else period. The reason I need the PCI sata card is cause I basically run out of sata ports here which reminds me to buy more sata cables! I'm sort of hoping to grab the rest of this build on boxing day and some other goodies. So what does my HTPC build look like so far for a budget build? Does it look ok or should I switch some parts around? I've never really thought about adding a HDTV TV Tuner either to the mix since I don't know how well XBMC or Media Browser support it yet...Thanks for any advice guys.
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