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Sat Oct 20, 2012, 06:25 AM

Just built me a new HTPC box.

Antec ISK300-150 case with a Zotac 880G-ITX motherboard, 2.4 GHz Athlon II X4 610e 45W cpu, $Gb DDR3-1600 RAM, slimline DVD burner, 90Gb SSD for the OS and 1Tb 2.5-in drive for storing videos and music. Put Windows 7 Home Premium X64 with a few tweaks on it. From power on to desktop with wifi connected is 14 seconds. Has 2 USB 3.0 ports on back and added a PCIE USB 3.0 card for the front USB ports. Along with my 2 Gb external drive with USB 3.0 I can store about 400 DVD movies and my 60Gb worth of music on it.

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Reply Just built me a new HTPC box. (Original post)
hobbit709 Oct 2012 OP
aandegoons Oct 2012 #1
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aandegoons Oct 2012 #3

Response to hobbit709 (Original post)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 06:59 AM

1. How much did it cost?

Did you decide to use the SSD for start up time, and why no blu-ray?

I have been using a wdtv livehub with luck. Though it is a little buggy at times. Just use my gaming computer to convert my blu-ray and dvd movies and store them on a network drive.

I have been tossing around building a htpc not sure how much better it would work then what I have though.

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 07:16 AM

2. Don't have any blu-rays for one. Don't care for any DRM crap that interferes with cpu performance.

And blu-ray wouldn't do much for the 100's of old movies and shows that I have.
Got the case on sale for $70, the cpu for $70, memory for $20, DVD burner was $25. The SSD was on sale for $80 with a $20 mail in rebate on top of that and the hard drive was on sale for $85. Found a legit Dell branded copy of Windows for $70 on line(authenticates without a glitch), motherboard was $55. I slowly accumulated all the pieces when I found them on sale at Frys and Newegg.
The original mini ITX project was for a deal that fell through-I was going to build about a 100 systems for someone but they couldn't get the licensing from the bar gaming software company(they wanted to sell a package deal with crappy hardware included).

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 07:52 AM

3. Not bad. Now you have me window shopping at Newegg again.

You can rip blu-rays and get rid of the DRM and put them on your server if you ever decide to. I don't own a whole bunch of blu-rays but they play well through a wired connection.

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