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Spec me an HTPC please!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by yfas29, 9 Aug 2008.

  1. yfas29


    Joined: 15 Sep 2003

    Posts: 88

    Location: Leeds UK

    Hi all

    I'm after building myself an HTPC capable of receiving the Freesat HD services. I have a budget of £400 to do it with. However I can't seem to find the DVB-S2 tv card the I intend to use on OCUK's site, (Hauppage Wintv Nova S2 PCI TV card) so I may have to set aside £65 out of the above budget for that.
    I'm not too fussed about having a dedicated graphics card as long as the onboard graphics is capable of decent HD playback on a 50" LCD TV and has a dedicated HDMI port. I don't need an OS but do need the media center remote, keyboard etc..

    So... Spec me please!!:)
  2. lee87


    Joined: 31 Jul 2005

    Posts: 2,592

    Keysonic Wireless Keyboard/Touchpad ACK-540RF £24.99
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ 2.40GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail £32.99
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G Micro-ATX (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £49.99
    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C5 800MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400DC) £20.99
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502IJ) £39.99
    LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray Reader & HD-DVD ROM Serial ATA Drive - Retail £57.99
    Antec NSK 2480 Desktop Case - 380W Earth Watts PSU £57.99
    Sub Total : £284.93
    Shipping : £10.95
    VAT : £51.78
    Total : £347.66

    Then add the Sat TV card seperate. The card comes with a remote control.

    The motherboard has a 780G chipset which can playback full hd videos and blu ray. It also has sound over HDMI.

    I chose a laptop style keyboard/mouse as I guessed you will be sitting away from the TV.
    Last edited: 9 Aug 2008