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Old October 12, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Default Home Theatre PC build

Now that i'm done building my new gaming/internet/WTF ever rig, I was thinking of taking my current machine and chopping it up into a cheap but effective Home Theatre PC.

The build you see probably wont change much unless something is lacking (ie. psu or gfx card).

Here is what the home theatre pc would look like (just a rough preselection of parts):
Italicized parts are leftover parts being put into the new system.
Case: Antec Minuet 350 mATX Black Case (350W)
OS: Windows XP SP3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4GHz, 800MHz FSB
HSF: Stock Intel cooler, some higher grade thermal paste
Motherboard: Intel DG35EC LGA775 DDR2 8GB PCI-E MB
Power Supply: Undecided; must be Micro-ATX
Graphics Card: Asus EAH3650 SilentMagic 512mb DDR2 PCIE
Memory: 3GB total DDR2 @ 667MHz
Hard Drives: 1 x 80GB IDE Western Digital (OS, apps, local temp storage)
Optical Drives: LG IDE DVD-RW combo drive
TV TUNER: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 MCE Kit
>> I don't need the system to be Media Centre Edition capable; for most things (except the tv tuner remote) i'll use a wireless keyboard and mouse to access things.

>> The TV is a decent 27" Standard Definition TV, the output will be S-video to Component output (RGB cables). I only need the HDCP compliancy if a) I want to play HD movies on my machine and/or b) I finally do get an HD TV. The resolution will be low, but i can deal with it.

>> The hard drive doesn't need to be very big; actual media content will be stored on a seperate computer, a File Server i'm building; connected via Ethernet through a (small) home network with decent transfer rates. Though if necessary I will store files in use on the HDD temporarily.

>> Noise isn't too big of a problem, as long as the thing doesn't fall outside of reasonable ambience level (no louder than an Xbox 360 minus game in tray).

One question remains: What is the absolute minimum wattage this PSU till take? I shall try and find a good MATX PSU for this system.

information, commentary, etc much appreciated! If I think of anything else i'll edit it in.
Case: Antec 900
CPU : Intel E8400 45nm Core 2 Duo @ 3GHz 1333MHz FSB
RAM : 4GB DDR2 800MHz (OCZ Platinum)
HDD : Main: 120GB SSD SATA2 (OCZ) Storage: 3TB SATA2 (WD Green) Backup: 500GB External USB (Hitatchi)
GFX : HD4850 (512MB)
PSU : 610W PC Power Silencer
MoBo: Asus P5Q SE
View : Acer H213H 21.5" @ 1920 x 1080

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