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Old 08-31-2007, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All-

Recently I've became interested in building a home theater PC.

I have an Xbox360 with a 160gig external hard drive that I watch a good amount of movies on. The only problem with that is having to encode every video I rip into Mpeg-4 so it can play it, therefore losing video quality whenever I do it.

For the video card, I've heard the 8600's are better for HD playback then the 8800's are.

I've also becme more interested in purchasing either the 360 HD-DVD drive ot use in a HTPC or a Blu-Ray drive when they come down in price. Mainly because I can rent them a good amount of places now, and by buying a drive for my PC, I can back up my movies, as opposed to a standalone player where I couldn't.

So, I have to keep HD playback in mind, as well as disk space.

Here's what I was thinking-

Newegg.com - Spec-Research 01007 Black SECC ATX Mid HTPC Computer Case No Power Supply - Retail

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Newegg.com - MSI NX8600GT-T2D256EZ GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - MSI 945P Neo5-F LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Now keep in mind, I am on a budget. And yes I know, I didn't pick a PSU, because I'm not sure what one yet. And Yes, I know, that's not DDR800 memory, but I don't think I'll be needing that, 667 is just fine.

Anyone have any input they could give me for it? I'm sort of new to HTPC configurations and would like any input I can get, thanks.
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