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Media PC Spec

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by lolwtfbbq, 10 Mar 2006.

  1. lolwtfbbq

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Nov 2005

    Posts: 420

    :) Is this good for a Media PC


    Asus A8N-VM CSM Micro ATX (Socket 939) PCI Express Motherboard (MB-119-AS) £64.57

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3500BPBOX) (CP-119-AM) £140.94

    OcUK Value Aspire X-Qpack Cube Case - Silver (CA-008-AS) £70.44

    Corsair 1GB DDR Value Select PC3200 CAS3.0 Kit (2x512MB) (VS1GBKIT400C3) (MY-061-CS) £56.34

    Terratec Cinergy 2400i DT DVB-T TV Tuner (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-000-TT) £93.94

    NEC ND4570 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-030-NE) £29.32

    Akasa Rounded Ultra ATA133/100/66 IDE Cable (0.45m) - Black (CB-004-GE) £3.47

    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 120GB 1200JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-055-WD) £51.64 x2

    OcUK Value Floppy Drive - Black (HD-001-OK) £6.99

    Akasa Rounded Floppy Cable (0.45m) - Blue (CB-046-GE) £2.29

    Antec NeoHE 430W Modular ATX2.0 PSU (CA-044-AN) £64.57

    Akasa AK-183-L2B Ultra Quiet 120mm Fan - 3 pin (FG-024-AK) £10.52

    Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre 2005 Edition - OEM (SW-008-MS) £78.67

    Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre 2005 Remote Controller (SW-009-MS) £23.44

    Vantec Cable Sleeving Kit - Blue (CA-002-VA) £5.82

    Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition - Retail (KB-053-MS) £64.57

    Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (NW-013-LS) £28.14

    HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X300SE 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (RX300SE) (GX-021-HT) £35.19



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  2. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Dec 2004

    Posts: 11,343

    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    Hi!

    That looks good - I've put my recommendations under each item on your spec

    Great motherboard for a media centre PC

    The extra £5 for the 3700+ is really worth it - encoding will benefit from the extra cache

    These are fine - no problem with this! The motherboard will come with the cables you need though

    Have you gone for two hard drives for RAID? If so then great, if not it's cheaper to buy one larger drive

    Great although the motherboard will come with the cables you need

    The PSU included with the case should be fine for a low drain media centre PC. If you do want to upgrade it though that's a great choice

    These are all fine choices

    The motherboard comes with integrated graphics which will be fine for a media centre PC so you don't need this

    Hope that helps :)
     
  3. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    All looks good, but also agree that the extra paid foir the Athlon 64 3700+ is worth it.
     
  4. lolwtfbbq

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Nov 2005

    Posts: 420

    Ok i might do it in RAID 1 and go for the 3700+.I chose the Modular psu cause i can remove all the unused cables
     
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  5. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Dec 2004

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    OK cool

    Just in case you didn't know - RAID 1 will mirror your drives so with two 120GB drives you'll have 120GB of storage. If either drive fails though you won't loose your data - you won't get a speed boost though

    RAID 0 stripes the drives. This will give you a speed boost and 240GB of space. If either drive fails though you'll loose all of your data
     
  6. lolwtfbbq

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Nov 2005

    Posts: 420

    thaks for telling me
     
  7. lolwtfbbq

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Nov 2005

    Posts: 420

    Here we go with a Amd 64 3700+ oem

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    Asus A8N-VM CSM Micro ATX (Socket 939) PCI Express Motherboard (MB-119-AS) £64.57

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-150-AM) £140.94

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR) £15.22

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g) (AC-000-AC) £6.46

    OcUK Value Aspire X-Qpack Cube Case - Silver (CA-008-AS) £70.44

    Corsair 1GB DDR Value Select PC3200 CAS3.0 Kit (2x512MB) (VS1GBKIT400C3) (MY-061-CS) £56.34

    Terratec Cinergy 2400i DT DVB-T TV Tuner (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-000-TT) £93.94

    NEC ND4570 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-030-NE) £29.32

    Akasa Rounded Ultra ATA133/100/66 IDE Cable (0.45m) - Black (CB-004-GE) £3.47

    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 120GB 1200JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-055-WD) £51.64 x2

    OcUK Value Floppy Drive - Black (HD-001-OK) £6.99

    Akasa Rounded Floppy Cable (0.45m) - Blue (CB-046-GE) £2.29

    Antec NeoHE 430W Modular ATX2.0 PSU (CA-044-AN) £64.57

    Akasa AK-183-L2B Ultra Quiet 120mm Fan - 3 pin (FG-024-AK) £10.52

    Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre 2005 Edition - OEM (SW-008-MS) £78.67

    Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre 2005 Remote Controller (SW-009-MS) £23.44

    Vantec Cable Sleeving Kit - Blue (CA-002-VA) £5.82

    Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition - Retail (KB-053-MS) £64.57

    Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (NW-013-LS) £28.14
     
  8. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

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    Posts: 11,343

    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    That all looks good
     
  9. mcmad

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    what media are you planning to playback ?
     
  10. Wakinglimb

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2004

    Posts: 1,745

    Location: London

    I just want to big up that mobo. It's really rather nice, but you'll need an optional TV out bracket if you are wanting that functionality.

    Also, that TV tuner looks awesome, been looking at it for a while, let me know if it works out well!