Sunday, August 29, 2010

Current kitlog for the Home Theatre PC:

You don't have to follow this exactly or at all but it's a good starting point. The idea is to keep the build cool and quiet with low power draw. Note that the linked sites are Australian (I'm an Aussie) and therefore are in $AUD, peripherals are not included in this list.

CPU: Intel Core i5 760. Plenty of power for HTPC duties and a video encoding champ.

Motherboard: Gigabyte P55M-UD4, mATX board that doesn't skimp on storage or speed.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz, 4GB of fast memory is plenty for running multiple HTPC media streaming apps.

GPU: Option 1: XFX GeForce GT 220 1GB, cheap, quiet card perfect for blu ray playback and that's about it.

         Option 2: Gigabyte ATI HD5750 Silent Cell 1GB, more expensive silent card that will also handle games on the side, plenty of power here.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Green 1.5TB, voluminous, power efficient drive that will easily hold all your pr0n, videos and music.

Power Supply: Corsair HX-650, modular, quiet and more than enough power for a HTPC and then some.
(You may want to buy a cheaper lower wattage PSU, in that case perhaps the Corsair HX-520?)

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD04, stylish exterior, 3x120mm fans and plenty of room.

CPU Cooler: Scythe Big Shuriken, tiny profile at 58mm tall and quieter than a sponge.

Audio Card: ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim, amazing sound and a must have for Blu-Ray playback, all in a small card.

Disk Drive: LG BH10LS30 Blu-Ray Drive, great Blu-Ray drive.

Wireless Card: TP-Link TL-WN951N, zippy 802.11N card for wireless HD video streaming.

And the grand total comes in under $1650 AUD, now go and enjoy your movies.

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1 comment:

  1. Great rig there. Makes me ashamed of my 5 year old "gaming pc" thats still rocking a 7800.


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