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newbie needs advice for htpc build?


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hello, this is my first post but i have been looking at threads in the forum over the last few days to figure out how to build an htpc.

i am planning on using my official copy of vista premium along with mediabrowser or mediaportal.

my planned htpc will only be used for music, movies, web surfing and i would also like to rip my large collection of dvd's to the hdd.

i am looking to spend no more than £250-300 to build my budget htpc and so far after reading have decided to use these components.

Asus M4A78-SK+ AM2 AMD 780G motherboard £41
AMD Athlon 64bit X2 5050E AM2 ADH50501AA5D0 45W £41
WD Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB SATAII 64MB 3.5 Inter HD £66
Antec slimline case 350w £85

i am not sure on how much ram i will need as i will be using vista. will 2gb be fine to allow it to run smooth?

i have no need to get a bluray drive as i use my ps3 to watch them so i need to get a decent dvd-rw drive to rip my dvd's. can some one point me in the right direction to buy a decent dvd drive and ram at a good price.

also as my knowlege of pc's is limited is the components i have chosen so far all compatible?

any help will be greatly appreciated



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Where do you plan to get.
Asus M4A78-SK+ AM2 AMD 780G motherboard £41
AMD Athlon 64bit X2 5050E AM2 ADH50501AA5D0 45W £41
I have not seen them for sale in over a year.
The latest versions are a 880G MBoard and say a 245e or 255e processor.
For a 32bit system get 2 gig
For a 64 bit system get 4 gig.
For memory try using Crucial as it will advise exactly what memory the board wants. RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, flash cards, SSD at Crucial.com
As for a DVD drive then any £15-20 one will do.


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thank you for replying.
I have been using ebay and ebuyer to source my parts.
I will have a look for more up to date parts today.



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