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    Proposed HTPC

    I say HTPC, this will be the main use although gaming might creep into the equaton at some point


    Silverstone Grandia GD01S-MXR Silver Desktop Alu' Case with Card Reader MCE/Vista Ready w/o PSU £117.05 £137.53


    Gigabyte GA P35-DS4, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E x16, DDR2 1066/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £negotiable (depends on brother)


    Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200, Socket 775, 1.6GHz, 512KB Cache, Retail £29.77 £34.98
    or possibly a core 2...not sure yet


    Scythe Mini Ninja Heatpipe CPU Cooler S478/LAG775, AMD S754/939/940/AM2 £22.99 £27.01


    2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 Pro, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-12 £47.64 £55.98


    120Gb Hitachi Deskstar 0Y30013 7K250 (7200rpm,8Mb) - SATA £25.99 £30.54


    750 GB Western Digital WD7500AYYS RE2, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms £96.49
    £113.38


    LiteOn LH-20A1H-487C 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, IDE, Retail, Lightscribe £18.40 £21.62


    512MB Palit 8600GTS, PCI-E (x16), Mem 1000 MHz, GDDR3, GPU 675 MHz, D-Sub, Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI £75.67 £88.91


    Edimax EW-7728In 802.11n *Draft"n" v2.0* 300Mbps wireless PCI card £16.89 £19.85


    Keysonic KB-ACK-540RF v2 Notebook Cordless Keyboard, Touch Pad Mouse Included, Silver/Black £23.40 £27.50


    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR3000 PCI Analog+DVBT+DVB-S Satellite (1138) £52.50 £61.69


    O/s will probably be win xp mce.


    Total price from scan.co.uk (excluding o/s and mobo) £629.87p inc carriage of £9.27p


    Comments, suggestions etc

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    Re: Proposed HTPC

    I would ditch the 8600GTS and get a HD3850 256mb for £91(including free postage) from ebuyer:

    ATI HD 3850 Pro 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer

    This is a shorter Triplex HD3850 256MB too!!

    Here is what it looks like:

    Triplex-Graphic Card Manufacturer

    The HD3850 will absolutely destroy a 8600GTS in gaming and also has better media playback capabilities too!!

    Also I would get a Intel Pentium E21** series CPU as the 1mb less cache on the Celeron really affects performance!

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    Re: Proposed HTPC

    Looks good, but I would suggest
    e2xxx processor
    cheaper ram can get better ram for £35 from scan
    1TB hard drive better value, only £20 more at scan (but your choice is fine)
    if you might game at some point then get ATI HD3850

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    Re: Proposed HTPC

    What kind of gaming and at what resolution?

    I would get this,

    Antec Fusion with 430w earthwatts. £115
    Abit Fatality or Intel G33 uATX - £60
    Intel E2160 - £43
    2GB Corsair PC6400 - £35
    Scythe Mini Ninja - £27
    Ati HD3650pro Passive - £50
    Wester Digital 1TB drive - £135
    Optical - £20
    Keyboard, tv card and wireless - £100 (your choices)

    Total is around £585 all in

    That will run next to silent and give plenty of media flexability with a bit of gaming power. If you want more gaming power the HD3850pro is probably the way to go.

    That's just what I would do, pick and choose at the suggestions as you see fit.

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