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Old November 12, 2008, 11:22 AM
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The wife wants me to build a home theatre PC that will allow us to watch Blu Ray DVD's on a 26" LCD TV and surf the Internet on. The budget is $300-$400

The audio will be handle through the HDMI to the TV. Don't need anything over the top. This will be in our bedroom.
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Old November 12, 2008, 11:51 AM
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The cheapest Blu-Ray reader is 150$ at NCIX. Doesn't leave much for the other components...
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Old November 12, 2008, 11:54 AM
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I think I need to talk to her about upping the budget on this. Maybe convince her to make a HTPC/Gaming Rig.
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Old November 12, 2008, 12:01 PM
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I used a P5N HDMI shown here ...
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

It was 70$ back in July and used a 420 cpu.
Although I don't watch Bluray, this system has turned out very well.
I noticed that the cpu usage is about 24 - 35% watching xvid's.
Used 1GB at first but was getting out of memory message playing dvd's so I upgraded to 2GB.
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Old November 12, 2008, 01:31 PM
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2nd computer in my sig is my HTPC + BOINCer all I need is the blu-ray drive and i'm set. I'm really happy with the Antec case and the AMD stuff was a lot cheaper then a decent 775 setup.
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Old November 17, 2008, 01:53 PM
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Misterd is suggesting a good setup for an HTPC, I have something similar and so far it's working great. I am using a 780G MB + AMD 5200 + ATI 3470 GPU. It's not yet connected to an HDTV but it will soon. As for playing Blu-ray with the integrated GPU I won't comment on that since I never tried it.
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Old November 18, 2008, 10:58 AM
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I put together a system with the same CPU+Mobo as Misterd, and found it to be an excellent platform for HTPCs. I didn't have a blu-ray drive available but tested it with some 1080p .mkv files (more demanding than blu-ray, as they aren't always encoded to take full advantage of HW acceleration) and used the DTS interactive output, and was extremely impressed.
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do not use noisy onboard video, you will regret it.
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Old January 12, 2009, 12:10 AM
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BALISTX, I got a build for you. It's the best for the cheapest I could find, unfortunately it goes OB a bit. Talk to your wife about adding $200-300 more, so that you can get a better one w/ better sound and better picture, hell, more storage too. XD

Case: Apex DM-317 - $46
MB: ECS GeForce 6100PM-M2 - $46
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2GHZ - $44
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR2-800 - $46
Video: Gigabyte HD3450 Low Profile HDMI-OUT - $50
Sound: Asus Xonar DX - $100
HDD: WD 320GB SATA - $52
BD/DV:LG GGC-H20L - $140

TOTAL: $524

$124 OB, but hey, it WORKS! :p
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get rid of the xonar and it'll be fine. the 3450 plays audio out of its hdmi.

Anyways, resurecting old threads ftw!
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