My HTPC Part Recommendations

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by Oppressa, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Oppressa

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    I've put together about 8 HTPCs for friends over the last 2 months and have settled on what I think is a fantastic combination of parts:

    I'm not declaring these parts or this combination to be the best or the be all and end all of putting together a HTPC but they're the parts that have given me the best results and I hope this can help the never-ending number of people looking for systems to put together.

    Case: Silverstone LC16
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_spec.php?pno=lc16m&area=usa
    2 quiet fans + space for 3 more, 52 in 1 card reader, front display, front controls, space for 6 HDDs
    $264

    Motherboard: Asrock AOD790GX/128M
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=AOD790GX/128M
    Yes the 785 chipset has been released but for the price and the relatively small performance gain, it's not worth it. This board goes for as little as $132, has sideport memory and can output to 2 displays at once. Also very fast in reviews. Plays hidef beautifully.
    $132

    CPU: AMD 5050e 2.6Ghz 45W
    http://products.amd.com/en-us/Deskt...f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=&f10=&f11=
    If it's solely for a HTPC, this chip offers great value and low consumption.
    $88

    RAM: Whatever offers good value at the time!

    PSU: Corsair HX520W
    http://www.corsair.com/products/hx/default.aspx
    VERY quiet, reliable and plenty of power for what's required.
    $132

    HDD (system): Western Digital Black 500Gb WD5001AALS
    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=552
    Fast, quiet, reliable and can be had cheaply
    $83

    HDD (storage): Western Digital Green 1Tb or 1.5Tb WD10EADS or WD15EADS
    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=559
    I literally can't hear them running and plenty of space :D
    About $98 for 1Tb or $150 for 1.5Tb

    ODD: Pioneer DVR-217BK/DVR-218BK or LiteOn iHAS324
    http://www.pioneer.com.au/Products/Computer Drives/OEM DVD Drives.aspx
    http://us.liteonit.com/us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=271&Itemid=67
    I've always used the Pioneers for their quietness and the ease with which you can find RPC-1 firmware. Due to their shortage at the moment, I've found the iHAS to be another reliable candidate.
    $50-$60

    TV Tuner: Hauppauge HVR-2200 or Compro Videomate E900F
    http://www.newmagic.com.au/NM_PAGES/products/hauppauge/OEM/HVR2200_MCE/HVR2200_MCE.html
    http://www.comprousa.com/en/product/e900f/e900f.html
    Up until recently I had mainly been using Compro's products. While I find them to be better with quality, support and changing channels, the Hauppauge has been the favourite of many for a while now.
    $176 or $187

    Remote/keyboard/mouse: Logitech DiNovo Mini
    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3848&cl=au,en
    Full control in the palm of your hand, media centre buttons, lights up, very fast/easy to use.
    $168
     
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  2. MagyaR

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    Thanks for in the info, I think for HTPC's ATX is too big, that case is expensive and huge, I guess it comes down to personal preference and budget.
     
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    Yeah for sure, I understand it may be too big for some people. It just depends what you're after. I and the people I've built for have been after 6Tb or more and don't want to have a separate server.

    So it's an all-in-one solution with LOTs of storage :D
     
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    Yeah it would be nice to store all HD content on the HTPC, still don't know what to do, I generally move mobo/cpu's down the line, so really it would of been nice to move my inet mobo(atx)/cpu to the HTPC setup and replace the inet mobo/cpu with newer components, ATX HTPC are just too chunky, it would of been nice to use say a Antec Micro Fusion Remote 350 or a Antec NSK2480 - Black/Silver Solution Series microATX Desktop Case (380W) but I think they only support 9x9 and my mobo is 9x12, it would mean the P5N-e SLI be left in storage and I would have to buy a new matx combo, though I don't know the wattage comparison between a matx board/5050e vs P5N-e Sli/e6400.
     
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    I have a similar setup, built it recently, love the siverstone, great amp like appearance, can hide easility amoungst my other gear. Also having the built in infared to work with the MCE remote, even works on Windows 7 x64 quite well.
     
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    Nice - very similar to what I think will be my HTPC whenever I get around to ordering the bits ... soonish - except:

    Asus M4A785-HTPC motherboard (if they ever become available here)
    AMD 240 CPU. Still haven't decided between this and the 5050e to be honest.
    Lian Li A03 case (need something like this to fit in the cabinet we have)

    May also go with a greenpower boot drive. Not sure if that would be an issue. I won't need a lot of storage in the HTPC - stuff will be archived to my windows home server - so probably just one 1TB data drive in it.

    Any thoughts on AMD 240 vs 5050e?
     
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    Does the Silverstone LC16 have VFD or LCD?
     
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    VFD

    Highly not recommended! This is what I initially did when I made my first one and boy was it sluggish. Get the 1Tb black WD1001FALS for about $15 more:
    http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=western+digital+black+1tb&spos=3

    Well worth it.
     
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    If you want a quiet hard disk, go the Green Power. Seeing as this computer is likely to be in your living room and turned on 24/7, you would want as little noise as possible emanating from it.
     
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    Yeap, I'd go the Green drives as well (well I did :)). Speed isn't all that important for me with a HTPC, low noise and heat is.

    As for the case I'd personally go for the LC17. I can't stand distracting displays that I think are a waste of money. Why would you need a display on your HTPC? It's already connected to a bloody big screen :)
     
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    Because it only has space for 2 HDDs which won't allow me to fit +6Tb in there.

    Personally I think Gibbon would regret getting the green as the system drive. The black is also hardly audible but the speed increase is quite large.
     
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    May I suggest an ATI 4350 for HDMI audio loving (for those using HDMI)

    I've got one in my HTPC and it works a treat.

    For reference :

    E6600 @ stock
    Asus P5WDH, 2GB corsair select ram.
    ATI 4350 ASUS silent
    WD GP 1TB drive
    Pioneer 21something DVDROM
    Windows MCE remote
    TinyTWIN USB tuner
     
  14. NSanity

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    I came up with this, this afternoon...

    Shuttle SG33G5 - $435ish, supports 1x PCIE x16, 1x PCI. Onboard HDMI w/ HDCP, DD Live, DTS Connect etc not that we care...

    CPU - Intel Core2 Duo. I think 3.0ghz will play all that comes before it...

    Ram - an amount not less than 2gb

    Sound - Auzentech HometheatreHD 1.3av - Many Analog outs (7.1), Bitstream HD Audio formats, DTS , DD realtime encoding - $315ish

    LG CH08LS1 BD Combo drive - Read almost everything - $195ish

    HDD's - You can fit 2 in there, and it has an eSata port - ~$some

    I have a 1tb drive at home, and the whole lot comes to about $1241. I guess the question is noise... No idea on how loud a shuttle is these days...

    But you can play any 1080p MKV, BD's, etc
     
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    That case is not so big.

    Silverstone LC16 /LC17 : 425 mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 425 mm (D)

    Antec 2480B (uATX only): 13.97cm (H) x 44.5cm (W) x 41.4cm (D)

    (I measured my 2480 and it is actually 145mm tall).
     
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    nice work mate, i think we should make another with media center programs too :thumbup:
     
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    what software would you normally use to control/play everything?

    the addition of a bluray drive, does that play natively in windows vista/7 or would you need to buy other programs like PowerDVD?
     
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    PowerDVD or Arcsoft TMT are needed for BD playback.
     
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    Any recommended retailers for the Hauppage or Compro? Not many stockists seem to be around.
     
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