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Old 04-24-2007, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's what I've come up with. I've tried to use suggestions from other posts as much as possible. Please take a look and see if you can improve on my list or help in the Blu-ray/Soundcard area. Thanks Here's the list:

CPU

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 $970.00 newegg

Motherboard

ASUS P5B Premium Vista Edition Core 2 Quad $229.99 newegg

RAM

g.Skill 2 GB (2x1GB) 240 pin DDR2 SDRAM Model# F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ $159.99 newegg

Video Card

ASUS EN 8800 GTX/HTDP/768MB $569.99 newegg

Hard Drive

1 (OS) - Seagate Baracuda 7200.10 ST3200820AS 200 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $64.99 newegg
2 (RAID 0) - Seagate Baracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $139.99x2 newegg

Optical Drive

Looking for a Blu-ray combo drive - don't want to write BD, but need to write CD/DVD
I don't know if such a drive exists yet

Power Supply

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX 12V 600 W $129.99 newegg

Case

Silverstone SST-LC17-B HTPC Case $119.99 newegg

Speakers

Existing Onkyo/Bose system

Monitor

Existing Sony 60" SXRD 1080p TV

Keyboard/Mouse

Existing Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Laser

Operating System

Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate?

Sound Card
Creative something? Not sure on this - I want it to output via optical or digital coax though

TV Tuner Cards

2 ATI 100-715331 PCI Interface TV Wonder 650 - HD PVR for PC $96.99x2 newegg
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Default Re: Suggestions on HTPC/Gaming Build

why not this tv tuner instead of two of those

Newegg.com - Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder - Retail
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Anything from the Sound Blaster's X-FI series that has 7.1 channel surround sound decoder in it and a digitial in/out is good. Since you apparently aren't shy with money, get the best that they have, it's worth it.
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Judging by your obvious lack of budget, go ahead with the one TV tuner listed above.

I would recommend a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite 7.1

Take two of those 8800gtx's and SLI them would benefit your 60inch alot.

Also increase your PSU between 750w - 1kw

Yes, theres several CD burning and DVD burning optical drives to choose from. Blu-Ray isn't exactly useful at the moment due to the fact that its honestly not needed....
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Will this card record OTA Hi-Def? That's the main reason for the tv tuners for me. The cards I listed have a Hi-Def tuner. If the one card will do the trick I'd go for it.
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Judging by your obvious lack of budget, go ahead with the one TV tuner listed above.

I would recommend a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite 7.1

Take two of those 8800gtx's and SLI them would benefit your 60inch alot.

Also increase your PSU between 750w - 1kw

Yes, theres several CD burning and DVD burning optical drives to choose from. Blu-Ray isn't exactly useful at the moment due to the fact that its honestly not needed....
Yeah, I don't need a Blu-Ray recorder, I just want to play Blu-Ray discs. I have a HD-DVD Player for my XBox 360 to cover that side of things.
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