Building 1st HTPC, is this sufficent


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Hi guys wanting to build my first htpc, here is the components i have come up with, will it be good enough, thanks;

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3GHz) Socket AM2 L2 2MB (2 x 1MB) Cache OEM Processor 128510 89 in stock £83.50 £83.50
Asrock ALIVENF6G-DVI Skt AM2 Nvidia NF6100-430 onboard 256MB shared VGA 8 channel audio mATX 119409 17 in stock £34.50 £34.50
Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-12) Heat Spreader Lifetime Warranty 098710 194 in stock £59.56 £59.56
Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - OEM 130454 268 in stock £50.86 £50.86
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-Express - OEM 129740 77 in stock £22.86 £22.86
Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T High Definition Digital TV Card and Video Recorder with outstanding DVB-T picture quality and Multiple Video features including Great Software Bundle. Supports EPG 099186 3 in stock £18.32 £18.32
Point Of View 8600GTS 256MB DDR3 128bit Dual DVI HDTV HDCP PCI-E 127242 51 in stock £95.19 £95.19
Pioneer DVR-112BK 18x DVD1RW/RAM Dual Layer Internal IDE Black - OEM 125285 97 in stock £15.31 £15.31
Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W PSU - ATX 12V V2.01 120mm Fan 20+4pin 116522 22 in stock £65.27 £65.27
Antec Fusion V2 MATX MediaCenter Case - Aluminium Front Bezel with 430W PSU 129281 22 in stock £93.60 £93.60
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x32Bit OEM 1PK DVD


CPU and graphics card is a bit much. So is PSU. That case comes with a PSU.
You could use onboard for now, it's included so try it out, then add a 8600GT later if you need it.


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Hi, thanks for looking, what i'm wanting is to use it for games, store all my cd's and dvd's, record TV and doing general computer duties.

Wanting to connect it up to my Bravia via HDMI, one thing i'm not sure about is, if i use it to store all my DVD's and playback through it, will the picture quality be as good as a standard DVD player or will it be less


The problem is that you want it for games, that'll require a fast PC. In a HTPC you don't need the power, so it'll be quieter.

Alternatively you could have your gaming rig elseware, and perhaps a lower end PC just for media playback.

If you rip your DVD's in original format say ISO it'll be exactly the same. In fact Theatretek and ffdshow scaling is one of the best. But then you'll need gigs of storage, which means more noise and heat. Before you know it your HTPC is a whining beast of a machine. Hardly great for low noise in a HT.

You'll need more than 500GB of storage if you're doing that, and using for lossless music, recording TV, and lossless DVD-Video storage (and have a large collection)

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