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Thread: Ultimate HTPC - Budget 3,000 USD Components Suggestions




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    Default Ultimate HTPC - Budget 3,000 USD Components Suggestions

    Hi,

    I am planning to build the Ultimate HTPC/Storage workstation which will be running almost 24/7 and placed in the living room. Objective of the machine:

    Case, Motherboard, Processor, and Liquid cooling system:
    I do appreciate helping me out picking the right case, motherboard and proper liquid cooling component to for the processor, video card, N bridge… etc.

    Case: Must be specious enough to fit power supply, cooling component and motherboard including all the cards and easily access all mentioned in case of maintenance required

    MOBO: must have enough slots and space for cooling equipment and the rest of the cards that’s installed on it.

    Processor and RAMs: we’ll decide on that once we pick a Mobo

    Power Supply: Athena Power AP-RRP4ATX65 658W + 658W mini redundant Dual AC Hot-Swappable mini redundant Power Supply - OEM

    Network:
    - Bluetooth Network
    - Support of Infrared
    PCI Card vs. USB? Suggestions appreciated?

    TV Tuner:
    Current Setup: Satellite dish with 3LNBs (1 LNB per satellite) signal from all LNBs then funnel into one cable which is connected to Humax IcordHD receiver
    TV Tuner requirements:
    - Play HD TV
    - Being able to records other channels from different stateliest while watching a channel.
    WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2?
    WinTV-HVR-1600?
    WinTV-HVR-2250?
    ATI All-in-Wonder™ HD?

    Video card:
    - HDMI Support
    - Memory suitable for a moderate gamer
    If not included as part of the Motherboard, is the Geforce 9400GT sufficient to run 24/7?

    Sound:
    - Current system is 5.1 channels
    If not included as part of the Motherboard, PCI Express® Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio is good enough?

    Hard Drive:
    - 1TB (Count 2): Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB

    CD Drive:
    - DVDRW/Blue Ray: Pioneer Black Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer SATA Model BDR-205BKS - OEM


    Universal Card Reader
    SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA

    Remote Control:
    Universal Remote Control (will I be able to wakeup window vista/windows 7 via the remote?)
    Logitech?

    Wireless Keyboard and mouse
    Bluetooth: diNovo Edge


    PS. The more i research the more confused i am

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Ultimate HTPC - Budget 3,000 USD Components Suggestions

    Hi again, as i am still in the process of research here is what i have in mind so far:

    MotherBoard: (please help me pick one from below)
    ASUS P5N7A-VM
    ASUS M4A78-HTPC/RC
    Asus P6t SE

    Gigabyte:
    GA-MA790GPT-UD3H(rev. 1.0)
    GA-H55-UD3H (rev. 1.0)

    VGA (Please help pick one from below)
    GeForce GTX 295
    GeForce 9800 GX2
    Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Video Card

    Bluetooth network: please help finding the best solution

    Power Supply:
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W PSU

    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600

    Hard Drive:
    Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (count: 1)
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (count: 2)

    Wireless Keyboard and mouse
    Bluetooth: diNovo Edge

    Once i deiced on the Mobo, VGA, and blue tooth. I'll pick a TV tuner based on available slots on MOBO. the following step to that is agree on the cooling method and then i'll be able to pick a case.

    your feed back is appreicated.

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