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    HTPC Specs

    What do you think of these. Is everything ok for Windows MC?

    Zalman HD160 Silver
    Asus P5B Deluxe
    Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower
    Intel Core 2 DUO E6600
    LG GSA-H22NBA 16x16 DVD±RW
    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 Platinum DDR2
    Seasonic S12 500W Silent ATX2.0
    Sapphire X1600 XT Ultimate SILENT 256M TV-Out/DVI PCI-E
    Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T-500 Dual Freeview TV Tuner
    Western Digital Caviar RE 160GB 1600YS SATA-II 16MB
    2X Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000KS SATA-II 16MB

    Do i just media centre with this for it to work?
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    Asus A8N32-SLi Deluxe,
    2GB OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Platinum,
    SAPPHIRE RADEON X1900 XTX 512MB PCI EXPRESS,
    AMD ATHLON 64 3500+ VENICE 90NM,
    SEAGATE SERIAL SATA BARRACUDA 7200.7 200GB,
    THERMALTAKE KANDALF SILVER WINDOW
    CREATIVE X-FI ELITE PRO
    2X 320GB Maxtor 7200rpm drives RAID 0

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    • siu99spj's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus NForce 750 SLi
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Q6600
      • Memory:
      • 8GB
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 750 GB, 2 x 1 TB (ext), 2 x 500 GB (ext), 2 x 250 GB (ext)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • AMD 6870
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Antec Solo
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 64-bit, Ubuntu 11.10, Mac OSX, Win XP
      • Monitor(s):
      • HP 2407W
      • Internet:
      • 24Mb ADSL 2+
    Hmm, very similar spec to me that one, though mine's only a fantasy at the moment (Buying a house kinda limits one's outflow of cash!).

    Anyway, everything there seems to be fine to run Windows XP Media Centre (I'm assuming this is what you meant by 'media centre'?), but I do have a comment about your DVD drive.

    From personal experience I've found LG drives to be exceptionally noisy optical drives. Being this is going to be sat in your lounge, I'd recommend an NEC drive. Certainly they have been practically silent, even at 'full whack', reading and burning. Admittedly I can't comment on the latest series (7XXX), but to all accounts they're just as quiet.

    Just as a personal request, what screen are you plugging this in to? And can you let us know how it turns out when you take the plunge?
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    i'd be worried by the noise of 3hdds. might be worth getting one in a silencing caddy, then having the other 2 in your main box/a nas somewhere?
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