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Windows 7: Advice regarding HTPC design

26 Dec 2012   #1
Greenfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Advice regarding HTPC design

Hey all,

After screwing around with a raspberry pi for a few weeks (read: wasting time), I've decided to take the easier route out and build a windows-based box. I was wondering if you guys might have some advice, as I've never built an htpc box before.

Looking for:
- setup capable of 1080p playback
- quiet
- compact, horizontal case
- no gaming/encoding required, but n64 emulator should not be a problem
- 4 hard drives (more will make the case bigger)

Have:
- 4 hard drives
- win 7 license

Suggested build:
Edit: pedroc1999 is helping me out with this now, feel free to weigh in on anything. limit is ~$400

Thanks
-green


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26 Dec 2012   #2
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I am happy to help you pick parts but first... I need to know a real budget not just unlimited
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26 Dec 2012   #3
Greenfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Much appreciated. $400ish, though that's a moving target. That's not including hard drives which I already have. I also already have a Windows license.
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26 Dec 2012   #4
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

OK,

So for processor I recommend the i3 3225 because of its hyperthreading and Intel HD4000 Graphics, Also very Energy Effecient http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116774

Motherboard : h61 Chipset http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...16813157236H61 Chipset

More to come
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26 Dec 2012   #5
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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26 Dec 2012   #6
Greenfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nah no need for a cd/bluray drive. I have a desktop which can handle those if need be.

Looks promising so far, its also important for me that this thing be quiet. My current desktop hums like a power saw.
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26 Dec 2012   #7
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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26 Dec 2012   #8
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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26 Dec 2012   #9
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Does it need wifi card?
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26 Dec 2012   #10
Greenfire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a wifi dongle, should be enough
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