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Old May 27, 2007, 12:48 AM
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Tested some parts (motherboard & CPU) that I had lying around and got a crazy notion of building a Budget HTPC. The wife liked the idea so much she insisted I build this before my gaming rig.

Out of my current PC I'm sacrificing the video card cause it's an All-in-Wonder and out of the parts for my gaming rig I'm sacrificing the PSU and sound card.

So after pricing out the parts I need It's going to come in around $350 before taxes from DC.

AMD Athlon XP 2200+ @ 1.80GHz - Free
Gigabyte GA-7VAX KT400 - Free
1GB Crucial Rendition PC3200 DDR400 - $81.90
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB - Free (Sacrificed)
SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio - Free (Sacrificed)
ASUS WL-138G-V2 Wireless G Network Adapter - $23.54
Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7900 RPM 8MB ATA100 - $77.76
LG 18X8X16 DVD±RW Black - $36.50
Nmedia MP-500 - Free Sacrificed)
Silverstone LC17 HTPC Black - $129.64

Total: $349.36
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Old May 27, 2007, 02:30 AM
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Silverstone was the first producer of quality HTPC cases that caught my eye. I've always liked the look of them.

What do you plan on using as an OS?

I ran into this link just yesterday...... MEDIAPORTAL - free MediaCenter HTPC Software - Home .

Might be worth looking into.
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Old May 27, 2007, 10:20 AM
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That program looks very interesting I may have to try that out. I was going to run Windows XP SP2 with the ATI software that comes with the card or try and get a copy of the MCE 2005.
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too bad you have an ATI card. If you were running nvidia i'd suggest LinuxMCE on Ubuntu. Beats everything else hands down.
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Old May 28, 2007, 08:16 AM
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I would suggest a different front end then the ATI software. I will look around for you and post back. Hey since you donated these parts to the HTPC you can buy new ones. If your building a new gaming rig I would suggest the Prelude for a soundcard.
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