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Old March 22, 2011, 08:49 AM
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Hey folks,
I'm new here, trying to put together a media center-like PC. I will have it hooked up to my Panasonic 50" plasma in my living room.

The reviews have me leaning towards a PC with:
i5 2500K
SSD
BluRay

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Media Center, some gaming, web browsing

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1500

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Intel/ATI/WD

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
No.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
I have!

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Default/automatic overclock? Is that something the 2500K does?

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
ASAP! Today!

9. What resolution do you use?
1920x1080
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Old March 22, 2011, 12:49 PM
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CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz CPU x 1
CPU Cooling Corsair CWCH50 Low Noise CPU Cooler For LGA 775/1156/1366/AM3 x 1
Motherboard Asus P8P67-DX Motherboard x 1
Memory 8GB Corsair DDR3 1600 Memory x 1
Video Card Gigabyte Video Card GV-R687OC-1GD x 1
Hard Drive OCZ SSD OCZSSD2-2VTX160G Vertex 2 Series 160GB SATA II 2.5inch Retail x 1
Sound Cards Onboard Audio x 1
Hard Drive Western Digital 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB (WD5000AAKS) x 1
Optical Drive 1 LG BH10LS30 BLACK 10X BLU-RA*, 16X DVD-RW BURNER, SATA, LIGHTSCRIBE, Retail x 1
Network Adapter Onboard Network Adapter x 1
Case Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case (BLACK) x 1
Power Supply Coolermaster Extreme Power 650W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan x 1
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Old March 22, 2011, 02:21 PM
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IMO a ssd isnt really necessary for a MCpc aka HTPC, you would be better of getting a larger hdd IMO, yes I know you have included a 500gb but trust me once you start coping movies to the 500 you are going to realize that 500 is quite small.
I now have 3 full 500's in my HTPC and share 3 more that are at 75% or more full.
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Old March 22, 2011, 09:13 PM
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I just this past weekend built, yet another, HTPC for a buddy of mine. Here are the specs.

MSI 880GM-E43 mAtx motherboard (Very Good HTPC "Friendly" chipset)
AMD Athlon II X4 650
2GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600Mhz
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb (He had this lying around)
Lite-On BluRay Reader
Nmedia 5000B HTPC Case
Silverstone ST50F-ES 500W Power Supply

The cost for this build was under $500 and it is a great HTPC which is very quiet, looks great & is also paired with a 50" Plasma.
Most of his media resides on a dual drive D-Link NAS with 2 x2TB hard drives so the 500Gb is more than enough local storage since most of his media is accessed through his small network.

Imho, HTPC's are all about component choices and really don't have to be that expensive to build unless you plan on spending a bit extra for that solid Aluminium case (for eg, Origen AE Technology - Global Home Page) or plan on doing some serious gaming.
With HTPC's it's all about the GPU not, all else being equal, the cpu.

Your component list is impressive but looks more like a general gaming pc more than an HTPC........................Impressive though. Have you considered getting a more HTPC looking case to hold your components instead of the ATX case you have in your list?
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Old March 23, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Thanks to your input, I've toned down the system quite a bit:

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz CPU x 1
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Motherboard x 1
Memory Kingston DDR3 3X2GB 1600MZ CL9 x 1
Video Card Gigabyte ATI HD 5770 1GB Video Card (GV-R577UD-1GD) x 1
Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive 60GB x 1
Sound Cards Onboard Audio x 1
Network Adapter Onboard Network Adapter x 1
Case Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case (BLACK) x 1
Power Supply 500 Watt Ultra Silent Supply x 1

Sub Total: $893.71CAD

I have a WD 2 TB external hard drive for storage.

Let me know what you think!
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Old March 23, 2011, 12:43 PM
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Thanks to your input, I've toned down the system quite a bit:

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz CPU x 1
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Motherboard x 1
Memory Kingston DDR3 3X2GB 1600MZ CL9 x 1
Video Card Gigabyte ATI HD 5770 1GB Video Card (GV-R577UD-1GD) x 1
Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive 60GB x 1
Sound Cards Onboard Audio x 1
Network Adapter Onboard Network Adapter x 1
Case Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case (BLACK) x 1
Power Supply 500 Watt Ultra Silent Supply x 1

Sub Total: $893.71CAD

I have a WD 2 TB external hard drive for storage.

Let me know what you think!
I have to say that this is no longer in the HTPC/Media PC category. Looks more like a gaming rig being used with a TV in a living room.

A SB motherboard has usually 4 RAM slots but to get dual channel you would need 2GBx2 or 3GBx2 or 4GBx2. This is not a triple channel board and a 2GBx3 is not recommended.

Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ $225
MSI H67MA-E45 (B3) H67 mATX LGA1155 $111
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB $84
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB $131
Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition $162
Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W $57
Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 PCS+ 875MHZ 1GB $120
LG GH22NS50 Black 22X $26

TOTAL $916

Here is roughly what I think you should be paying for. All prices are from NCIX though as I do not exactly know where exactly are you getting your prices from.

Since you're not intending to overclock a non K processor and a H67 chipset board will do. With a H67 board you could actually use the Intel HD2000 IGP as well which is locked in a P67 motherboard.
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Old March 29, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Processor:
i5-2500k
$209 (combo on sale with the mobo @ NCIX)
@NCIX

GPU:
6950 2GB
$290 (minus $30 mail-in rebate)
@NCIX

PSU:
Corsair 750W
$90
@NCIX

Mobo:
P8P67
$141
@NCIX

Case:
Corsair 650D
$185
@NCIX

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4GB 1600
$98
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$1013 before tax and nicely expandable later.

SSD will have to wait as the Vertex 3 is coming out very soon. A 160GB WD Blue HDD will do for now.

Got to buy a new 17" laptop too now.
I'm looking at TigerDirect's Gateway AMD Dual-Core/ATI 4200/4GB/640HDD/BluRay/6-cell for $550. I think that's pretty hard to beat.
Or should I throw all of this out and just get an Asus i7 laptop? HAH.
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Old May 4, 2011, 10:11 AM
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One thing I've learned when building a server (also applies to HTPC) that houses a mass of data but may be updated periodically is this:

Buy a medium sized HD for the OS and applications.
Keep your media on separate drives (physical drives - not partitions).

This lets you upgrade the OS by performing a fresh format/install and then just mount your media drives after. Much easier. Also, as technology changes, you can change your media storage method.

Just a tip that has made life easier for me in the past.
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if this will be an HTPC has anyone noticed TV Tuner is missing? for the storage I will go a small and fast drive for the OS and apps and a large one for storage. I would go the Samsung Spinpont F4 320GB/7200 and the Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB for the storage. Even though is only 5400RPM provides great output and spins up faster than the EARS series of WD.
Mobo and CPU wise I would go something AMD integrated video chipset style 785G/790GX/880G/880GX with DDR3 and unlocking cores options, and slam a Phenom II X2 555 or Athlon II X3 to unlock the extra cores. Case and PSu : Antec 4482B.

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One thing I've learned when building a server (also applies to HTPC) that houses a mass of data but may be updated periodically is this:

Buy a medium sized HD for the OS and applications.
Keep your media on separate drives (physical drives - not partitions).

This lets you upgrade the OS by performing a fresh format/install and then just mount your media drives after. Much easier. Also, as technology changes, you can change your media storage method.

Just a tip that has made life easier for me in the past.
+1

I do the same. I even do that with my main rig. All media content and stuff I want to keep is on individual HHD. I also put there some programs.

As for GPU, I'd rather have a discrete card rather than using the integrated device. I don't know how the new ones are doing (2600k-2500K) but I fine that a bit more power gives you a some leeway in that department. I'm using a HD 4670 in mine and it's nice enough.
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