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  1. Jimmer

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    Hi:hiya: firstly i'll start with an appology, as this has probably been posted a 1000 times before, but i've been trauling through the forum for a couple of hours now, and I just want some extra help/advice/confirmations!!!!

    Firstly, i'm looking to build a htpc. I currently have a sky box (not sky+) and want to run that through it, be able to change channels through it etc etc. Also I have a denon amp with all my speakers off that, I also want to be able to hook that up to it so everything runs through the pc.That's basically it I guess, sky through it and my stack system through it. So what I want to know is where to start with regards to the components needed to make this happen. I've built plenty of pc's before so I know what i'm doing when it comes to putting it together. I'm thinking a shuttle case, 1 gb ram, 250gb hdd, dvd, 3000+64 cpu and then i'm stuck. Advice most welcome!!!!
    cheers Jay
     
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    This is what i'm looking at so far.....
    Asus T2-AE1 Athlon64 SKT754Audio LAN Mirage
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Skt754
    1Gb PC3200
    Maxtor 6L300S0 DiamondMax 10 300GB 7200RPM
    Samsung SH-W162C 16x DVD±RW

    good choices?just need to decide on the other bits i'm not too sure on!
     
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    one thing i would say is to avoid the shuttle case... they are not the quietest of boxes.
     
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    cheers. I'll steer clear!
     
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    What is your budget for a machine? Quiet PC do an HTPC for about £1100 that comes as a kit that you build yourself. Uses a Pentium M so there is plenty of power and no need for a fan, just a big heatsink. Looks perfect for HTPC use, especially as it has a front display to show MP3/Film titles as well as RSS feeds and system temps etc. Also has a remote. Let me know how much you want to spend and I can help you spec a machine.
     
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    I'd also have a look at this site - http://www.mediapc.tv/

    They have a good range with starter kits of all tried and tested components for a quiet set-up or will build to your spec.

    Just ordered mine from them - good customer service as well.
     
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    I don't really have a budget in mind, although the cheaper the better! All the above spec that I wrote down comes to a shade over £322 so I thought I was doing well! Is that not such a good setup? What am I missing in respect to tv card (for sky) etc. Also, are the miniITX boards powerful enough for this kind of application?
     
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    They look good mate cheers! Customer service is important to me since last ordering from da*s....
     

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