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Old 11-08-2008, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a friend of mine wants me to build him a home theater pc, the only problem I have is that I don't know what exactly I'm going to need for it. He also wants the possibility of playing games on it. I'm going to go do a google search to see what I can drum up, but any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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you'll probly want a micro atx case and board. look for a g35/g45 i think you can get those in micro atx. tho it doesnt have to be micro atx. and a video card that has native hdmi out is nice.
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Whats his budget?
What does he want to use it for? (i.e. does he want it to be able to watch tv? is it only going to be used as a slave computer with all the media on a main computer on the network or is it going to be a server and have all the media on the network)
Budget?
Size restraints?
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His budget is 2k. He wants it as a replacement DVD player, and Blu-Ray player. Also there aren't really any size requirements. He is going to be using his 42" hdtv as the monitor, so he doesn't need it to watch tv.
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ohh well then with a 2k budget then just pick up a bunch of high performance parts that you would normally use for a gaming pc. i recomend for the video card getting a gtx 260 core 216 or a gtx280. and a q9550. all on a x48 mobo
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Also I'll have to check to see if he'll want to use it to record tv or not. So any other list of parts would be cool.
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His budget is 2k. He wants it as a replacement DVD player, and Blu-Ray player. Also there aren't really any size requirements. He is going to be using his 42" hdtv as the monitor, so he doesn't need it to watch tv.
a 2k DVD player... I'd still get a TV tuner so you can record shows. Something like this would do well if you have digital cable you want to record.

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P45, Q9550, 4850x2, 4850, Q9550, and that would be a sick computer.
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you listed q9550 2 times. and a good blu ray burner runs about 250 i think. i cant remember.
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