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    Build Me A Media PC

    hi guys,

    i've already got 2 PC's (my main rig and a media PC in my bedroom) but i really like the sound of having another media PC to compliment my new 37" HD TV.

    Ideally id like something nice and slimline but it cant break the bank, ideally id like to spend no more than £250 (big ask i know!)

    i already have a DVD-RW, keyboard/mouse & a hard drive so really im just looking for the case/PSU, mobo, CPU and gfx card (if not onboard)

    Cheers guys

    EDIT: i also have a legit licensed copy of MCE so no need for software
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    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
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    What type of case do you want ? Small tower like the shuttle SS21T, a shuttle cube or a desktop case ?

    For CPU i'd go for the X2 3800, only £60ish now (or 4200 if you can get one - they overclock slightly better if thats your thing)
    1GB PC800MHZ RAM for £45
    Abit NFM2-nView for £60 or the Gigabyte GA M61PM-S2 if you want something a little cheaper at £40

    You could also go Intel C2D:

    CPU - E4300 £100
    RAM - 1GB DDR2 £45
    MOBO - Gigabyte GA 945GM-S2 £45
    Last edited by Sprite; 01-03-2007 at 12:26 PM.

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    ideally id like a desktop style case but something that looks good - Silverstone do some really nice ones but £160 is a bit out of my league

    i wouldnt say no to a shuttle cube, my media PC in my bedroom is a shuttle and i really like them.

    do you have any links to the RAM/CPU/Mobo mate?
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny02004976 View Post
    ideally id like a desktop style case but something that looks good - Silverstone do some really nice ones but £160 is a bit out of my league

    i wouldnt say no to a shuttle cube, my media PC in my bedroom is a shuttle and i really like them.

    do you have any links to the RAM/CPU/Mobo mate?
    Antec Fusion is a good desktop case with VFD for around £115 delivered & you get a 430W PSU included too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair View Post
    Antec Fusion is a good desktop case with VFD for around £115 delivered & you get a 430W PSU included too
    sounds good mate do you have a link?
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    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny02004976 View Post
    ideally id like a desktop style case but something that looks good - Silverstone do some really nice ones but £160 is a bit out of my league

    i wouldnt say no to a shuttle cube, my media PC in my bedroom is a shuttle and i really like them.

    do you have any links to the RAM/CPU/Mobo mate?
    Scan

    Intel Mobo - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=448646

    Intel CPU - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=532081

    AMD Mobo - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=476333

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=535322

    AMD CPU - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=494952

    RAM - (Dual Channel FTW )

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=126737

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    that all looks good mate - i think i prefer the AMD option the Intel might be a bit overkill for what i need it for

    anyone with any ideas on a case?
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny02004976 View Post
    that all looks good mate - i think i prefer the AMD option the Intel might be a bit overkill for what i need it for

    anyone with any ideas on a case?
    http://www.digitalkind.co.uk/Inu_pro...p?ref=08092541

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    i purchased a lian-li V880 from clunk a while back, and its awesome. I'd take a look at the antec fusion, as has already been suggested. What kind of case would you be looking at, both shuttle and destkop media case? How about a sugo?

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    Very similar to my planned spec..........I went for the LC20 case from Silverstone as I wasn't sure if I wanted another glowing fascia so the VFD wasn't an issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
    i purchased a lian-li V880 from clunk a while back, and its awesome. I'd take a look at the antec fusion, as has already been suggested. What kind of case would you be looking at, both shuttle and destkop media case? How about a sugo?
    id probably prefer the desktop media style case, i dont really have the height space for another shuttle on my TV unit.

    The antec fusion looks just the ticket, i know this is probably a silly question but will the parts mentioned above (the amd ones) fit in there?

    i dont want to get a board which wont fit in the case once you bolt the heatsink on
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    would the Gigabyte board above fit into this?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/produ...oductID=509818

    sorry if i sound like a noob, i only usually deal with big cases
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    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    The antec fusion/2400 will take any mATX board. The 2400 is basically the fusion without the vfd. Its about £60, you can get it from scan. This is an easy job for £250 with the stuff you alreay have. Get an AM2 processor, doesn't even have to be dual core and grab a mATX mobo. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/produ...oductID=554975 would be fine and then stick in 1gb of cheap ram. Sorted!
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    excellent, cheers for all your help guys

    i'll try take some photo's when i get it all hooked up
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    If you look at "My System" all my stuff is in an Antec Fusion.

    The only downside I see to it personally is lack of flexibility with motherboards (matx only)

    Considering moving to a Silverstone setup myself so that I could go C2D with a full size ATX motherboard.

    Otherwise its an great case, good cooling & quiet too

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