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Old 03-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm planning on building a home-theater system that will primarily be using Boxee for media. I already have RAM (G SKILL 2GB DDR2) and a video card (Radeon x700) but I'll need pretty much everything else. What I have thought about is listed below, please feel free to recommended other items, ect:

Motherboard:
ASUS P5E-VM: Newegg.com - ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar 750GB: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Power Supply:
CORSAIR 520HX: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1: Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards

DVD Burner:
LG 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner: Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

PC Case:
SILVERSTONE TJ08-B: Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE TJ08-B Black Aluminum front panel, SECC body MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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RAM: 4GB G.SKILL @ 4-4-4-12
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HDDs: 2x 750GB & 250GB
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Building a BoxeeBox

X700 is a pretty old card, you might want to consider upgrading to a 4650/4670:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100253L Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You can save some money on the psu, that system won't consume a lot of power:
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
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I might take your suggestion on the video card, but it should be good enough to handle boxee full res just for playing videos. I doubt I'll be doing any gaming on it, but if for some reason I plan to do anything more demanding on it I may update it. But, you suggested PCI 2.0, I don't think that motherboard supports it.

I think I'll take your suggestion on the PSU, I just figured that PSU has a lot of power and I'd rather have too much so I can expanded to possibly a couple more HDD's or something in the future, or maybe even recycle the PSU to another system.
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Well, for the price of that Corsair 520, you can get these for cheaper actually:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

All motherboards with PCI-E support 2.0.
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