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lake21    0

Hi all,

I've been using my laptop to run XBMC and it has been working fine - Recently it has started overheating and turning off (probably due to me always leaving it on)

Any way I've decided to on building a HTPC, Main use will be XBMC to store my music and films and eventually I will buy a Blu-ray drive.

My main goals are to be able to watch 1080p movies with 5.1 surround sound, must be quiet and also be able to stay on for a long period of time without overheating.

I have put together a build and I wondered if you guys could take a look and offer any advice?

Currently all items are off E buyer.(trying to keep it under £250 if possible)

1 x

Antec NSK 2480 MATX Desktop Case With 380W EarthWatts PSU

130945

£75.19

£75.19

1 x

Asus P5G41T-M LX G41 Socket 775 DDR3 VGA Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard

190986

£30.78

£30.78

1 x

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 OEM PCI Soundcard

98938

£16.65

£16.65

1 x

Sapphire HD 5450 1GB DDR3 HDMI DVI VGA Out PCI-E Low Profile Graphics Card

199420

£28.17

£28.17

1 x

Intel Celeron E3300 Socket 775 2.5GHz 1MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

173863

£32.82

£32.82

1 x

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1066MHz i5 Memory Kit 1.5V CL7

142085

£20.92

£20.92

No hard drive included as I already have one, please let me know if you need anymore information.

Thanks in advance.

Lake.

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cybertimber2008    43

CPU cooler?

Thermal grease?

Get case and PSU seperate. When a case costs as much as a PSU, either the case is crap, or the PSU is.

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TheReaperMan    384

for a start you do not need the soundblaster as the onboard should be more than good for htpc use.

And i would go with somthing like this for the mb and cpu

Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P Nvidia GeForce 7025 AMD AM3 7.1 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard 267509 £34.74

AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.00GHz Socket AM3 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 237554 £44.99

As i know that cpu is more than capable as i am using the same in my htpc running windows 7 with the same graphics card and run blu ray and hd tv no problem

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lake21    0

for a start you do not need the soundblaster as the onboard should be more than good for htpc use.

And i would go with somthing like this for the mb and cpu

Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P Nvidia GeForce 7025 AMD AM3 7.1 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard 267509 £34.74

AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.00GHz Socket AM3 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 237554 £44.99

As i know that cpu is more than capable as i am using the same in my htpc running windows 7 with the same graphics card and run blu ray and hd tv no problem

Thanks for the help regarding mb and cpu - I shall look at them now...

Any one seen any other nice and inexpensive HTPC Cases?

cheers

lake

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