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Old 02-04-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Building a htpc thing

Not really a htpc, but more like a computer that will use my TV as a screen.

I got all the parts (gonna use my am2 build with the fried mobo) except for the mobo. I am looking at a mATX biostar mobo, am2, 4 slots ddr2, pci-e slot. Has onboard HDMI which is a plus.

I need some suggestions, i can probably spend a bit of money since this will be a PC for my whole family to share pretty much.

It's gona use the onboard GPU, since it has a hdmi port on the mobo, and my TV has hdmi.

Alright, heres the solids.

Biostar mATX mobo, onboard hdmi
5000+ x2
2GB 6400 ram
160GB hd

Thats all I got sofar.

Theres no way to get an ethernet cable to the comp, so I guess I will go with a belkin wireless usb adapter (I already have a w. router)

Obviously I got the monitor and speakers already.

Umm, now here goes the questions

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1. What is a good case to use? Heres a pic of my TV (i'd like to find a case that will fit ontop of/next to the receiver)


2. What kind of keyboard/mouse should I get? Something wireless, but rechargable would be nice, something with a nice range, and the mouse would have to have a good eye (I want to use it without a mouse pad on a shiny smooth wooden table)

3. How can I get the best quality with my TV? (46" sony 16:9, 1080i)

4. Is there anything else I need?
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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This looks like a pretty good deal for the keyboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126174
Although it's not rechargeable, the batteries should last a long time.

As for the best quality, you may want to consider using a video card and getting a DVI > HDMI cable. You should be able to use a 1920x1080 resolution by default.

For cases, you probably will want to stick to standard ATX so you can get a decent PSU. This looks nice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163033

You'll also want a silent PSU, something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341012
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: Building a htpc thing

The keyboard looks good, cheap but w/e f*ck batteries lol.

I was thinking of this case, has a 300w psu. That's all I really need, I don't have a video card or anything so yeah.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108060

I think I will be getting a wireless pci card instead, gona have to ghetto fit it into that case. I really like the case. I could probably just stand it up behind the tv or screw it into the wall lol.
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You might want to add a bigger Hard drive down the raod becuase with movies/music/tv shows on there it will fill up 160GB fast, plus with hard drives getting cheaper in a little while once you fill up 160GB you shoul dbe able to get one cheaper.
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u gotta sik setup ther. what receiver is that?
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #6
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Um,

Technics receiver
2 pioneer bookshelves (front l&r)
1 jbl center sat
2 jbl sats (rear l&r)
1 jbl venue 12, 12 inch sub 500 watts
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damn dude. i got a pioneer i think 600watt receiver. its fricken loud and only with 2 speakers minus the sub. i really want one
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