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It all started off when I discovered the wonders oh HDMI on my laptop and hooking it up my family's 42" plasma. But, I soon discovered that my laptop only put out 480p quality video so I had to find a solution for this. I decided to build a small HTPC that I could setup with the plasma and watch HD movies on. The motherboard, CPU, ram and network card come from Ronbo(big thanks for the great deal, awesome seller!). The hardrive, power supply, DVD drive and video card come from NCIX.com. The case I got for free since my dad upgraded the computers at work and was going to throw the relic out. All in all it was a pretty smooth build, not 100% done yet, I still need to clean and paint the case black. Everything was pretty much plug and play apart from the fact that the case was built with a smaller power supply so it needed to be modded to accept the bigger one.

- Windows 7 Proffesional
- Intel Pentium 6300 processor
- MSI G31TM-P21 MoBo
- Gskill 800mhz 2x1gb of ram
- Gigabyte GeForce 210 card with 512mb
- Samsung SATA DVD burner
- Seagate 1tb hardrive
- OCZ 500w powersupply
- Dynex network card
- eMachines mini-atx case

All in all, I have less than 300$ into the whole build and I'm happy with it.

Here are a few pics of before, I'll get new ones posted once it's all painted.



 

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That's a nice pile of stuff for under $300!

Did you get the keyboard/mouse combo we were talking about?
No I didn't, haven't been to Walmart in that time actually. It's not a huge deal right now, I'm using a corded mouse and keyboard at the moment.

For the money spent, I couldn't be happier. It's not a gaming rig by any means but should do the HTPC stuff pretty well. It's actually scores higher on the windows experience scale than my HP laptop with a 6400 processor and 4gb of ram!
 

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Look at this, usually it is $55 (see attachement) This is at Futureshop, Web only, ending tonight at 9PM eastern time.
 

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Interesting.
 

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Well the computers been up and running for a while now, but I just finished the body work on it yesterday. Overall I'm happy with it, it was a fun build. The best part of it is the small case!





 

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I almost built a HTPC, and then I discovered the WD TV. It is made by Western Digital and costs $100 at Best Buy. Basically it is a tiny box you connect to your TV via HDMI or the old school rca outputs. Into it you plug in a portable hard drive via USB, or a usb thumb drive, which have been loaded with your movies, mp3s, pictures, or whatever, and the WD TV will play them for you. It has a remote control and is super easy to use.

I have a 2.5 inch 500GB laptop drive inside a USB external case that I plug into the WD TV. It is loaded with all of my hd and regular movies.

The new WDTV Live has wifi built in so you can play shared movies, pictures ect., off of your home network. I bought the older non wifi version a few months before the new one came out, but it is just as easy to throw the movie on the HD and watch from that.
 

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I almost built a HTPC, and then I discovered the WD TV. It is made by Western Digital and costs $100 at Best Buy. Basically it is a tiny box you connect to your TV via HDMI or the old school rca outputs. Into it you plug in a portable hard drive via USB, or a usb thumb drive, which have been loaded with your movies, mp3s, pictures, or whatever, and the WD TV will play them for you. It has a remote control and is super easy to use.

I have a 2.5 inch 500GB laptop drive inside a USB external case that I plug into the WD TV. It is loaded with all of my hd and regular movies.

The new WDTV Live has wifi built in so you can play shared movies, pictures ect., off of your home network. I bought the older non wifi version a few months before the new one came out, but it is just as easy to throw the movie on the HD and watch from that.
and for .mkv files?
 

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AH YES! Someone else that mods old eMachines cases!

I used to have one painted silver with an old Duron 1200.

I'd be very tempted to cut a hole in the rear of that case for an exhaust fan. Like seriously...I get OCD just looking at it! Where's my Dremel?

The 210 is a good call....its not a gaming rig, all you need is Aero support and PureVideo and you got that without all the expense and heat of a gaming card. It will game a little bit though. L4D should run OK.
 

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AH YES! Someone else that mods old eMachines cases!

I used to have one painted silver with an old Duron 1200.

I'd be very tempted to cut a hole in the rear of that case for an exhaust fan. Like seriously...I get OCD just looking at it! Where's my Dremel?

The 210 is a good call....its not a gaming rig, all you need is Aero support and PureVideo and you got that without all the expense and heat of a gaming card. It will game a little bit though. L4D should run OK.
I was tempted to add another fan, but the PS has a 120mm fan on it so I figure that can probably move enough air to keep it cool. I'll be monitoring temps closely for the first little bit though just to make sure.
 

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I still have a big case from the last time I built one. I should gut it out, but not sure what I could put in it now with the newer stuff.
 
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