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    I'm thinking of setting up a HTPC. What hardware would you suggest?

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    What do you want this PC to do?
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    I guess you would need to start with:

    - a large HD display/screen
    - a multi speaker system
    - and a PC

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    I'm building one next month. It will be:

    Antec Fusion case


    MSI K8NGM2-FID Mobo
    This is Skt 939, but there's an AM2 version too. Has onboard DVI, VGA, S-video, component so you don't need a graphics card unless you're wanting a gaming machine. Has onboard optical sound too.

    Either Western Digital WD3200KS or Seagate Barracuda 7200.10.
    Both are 320GB with good performance, and both around 70/$100.

    On top of that, I'm using an old Athlon64 3000+ and 1GB DDR (dual channel helps with the graphics for that mobo). A decent and quietish PSU comes with the case, but if I needed one or had extra cash I'd get a Seasonic S12-430 - super quiet and very efficient.

    You'll probably need a TV card if you want to do PVR type functions, but what type depends on what you want to connect to it (aerial, set-top box etc.).

    If it's going in a living room on a TV I'd recommend Windows Media Centre Edition, and the MS remote control and/or keyboard would be a good buy too.



    Just suggestions, but I've done a fair bit of research. Let us know how you get on, I'd definitely be interested.
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    Some of those sites are pretty useful, but the "Building a Home Theater PC" articles are 3/4 years old - a lot's changed since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skillian View Post
    I'm building one next month. It will be:
    Either Western Digital WD3200KS or Seagate Barracuda 7200.10.
    Both are 320GB with good performance, and both around 70/$100.
    Thought this might interest you.
    I have several of both drives (250GB, not the bigger 320's) and much prefer the Seagates.
    Here's a comparo between two of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Thought this might interest you.
    I have several of both drives (250GB, not the bigger 320's) and much prefer the Seagates.
    I just got myself a 320GB Seagate ST3320620AS.

    Perpendicular Recording!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Thought this might interest you.
    I have several of both drives (250GB, not the bigger 320's) and much prefer the Seagates.
    I just got myself a 320GB Seagate ST3320620AS.

    Perpendicular Recording!
    I know I said next month, but I just ordered this HDD this morning too.

    Went for the Seagate because I've previously been happy with the brand, but good to know there's data to back up my decision.

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