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Advice on HTPC components


Standard Member

For the past two years, I've had an old Dell PC linked up to my TV, previously by SVideo, but since the recent purchase of my LCDTV, now by VGA connector.
I have no keyboard hooked up, and control it by using a wireless mouse, and from my laptop by VNC if I need greater control.

I'm starting to grow tired of having a big PC case sitting in the corner, so have decided to retire the machine and build a PC that fits in more with my hifi amp and Sky box.

I'm looking to buy the following components and throw them all together in the hope that the final result will look better.

Case - Silverstone LC19 Case Black - http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1232.html
Hard Disk - Samsung 320Gb SATA - http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_6277.html
Motherboard - Asus M2A-VM HDMI - http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_5591.html
CPU - AMD Athlon64 x2 4800 AM2 Dual Core - http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_5627.html
And I have a spare 1GB stick of DDR2 lying around here

Can anyone see anything I've missed, or if I'm likely to run into any problems with any of this, or if any of the stuff I've listed is just plain crap?

Any advice will be greatly accepted.



Well-known Member
What type of Video are you planning to play? From the look of it, it should have enough grunt for all HD file based video.

What input does your AMP have? From the look of things the audio output is coax, so if you might need a convertor if you amp is toslink connector.

Do you plan adding a blu-ray or hd-dvd drive at some stage? If so, it might be worth checking out some reviews to see if your cpu is upto the job in that motherboard. (i say this as some integrated graphics cards don't provide as much hardware acceleration as standalone ones). For example, Woozy tells us about an Intel based Asus board here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=685171

Might be different with this ATI/AMD based graphics solution, but worth a check.


Active Member
Can anyone see anything I've missed,

A VERY low profile CPU HSF. Also remember these cases use external PSU's and are designed for MoDT boards so be careful with power requirements. Also, they only have a single expansion slot so if you need to fit the daughter board that comes with that MoBo you're gonna need external TV tuners (if you use it for TV :)).

Hope this helps.


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