0Antec Fusion Remote HTPC Case LogoDIY HTPC Media Center PC

Fol­low­ing on from pre­vi­ous posts about my HTPC I thought I’d provide a list of what I built it with for any­one else inter­ested in build­ing a sim­il­ar machine

Com­pon­ent DetailsPriceNotes
CPUIntel Pen­ti­um Dual-Core E6300 @ 2.80GHz£60Still more than fast enough
CPU CoolerScythe Ninja£35
MoboGiga­byte GA-EG41MF-US2H£50Does the job, and fits in uATX cases. Might be worth repla­cing chip­set heatsink
Memory2x 1Gig Cor­sair DDR2-800£30
GPURadeon HD5450£35Pass­ive, cheap and sup­ports DXVA hard­ware accel­er­ated video playback.
HDDWD 750Gb£45Used because it was spare. Gen­er­ally I recom­mend any quiet drives
Optic­alDVD-RW 16x£15Will soon be replaced with a BluRay reader
SoundonboardA future upgrade will replace the onboard sound with a mod­ded high qual­ity soundcard
CaseAntec NSK2400£65Small, attract­ive, with room for stand­ard size components
PSUinc. with Case
FreeviewPin­nacle PCTV PCI-E 3010ix£25Not very easy to find, and drivers for Win7 are sketchy. Recom­mend alternative
FreesatCompro Video­Mate S350 PCI£25Very cheap, but its only a single tuner, a twin tuner, or a second card is recommended
Remoten/a
OSWin­dows 7 x64£50I got this cheap as an upgrade offer as a student
TOTAL£435

Oth­er items you may want to con­sider are…
Bun­gee rope for mount­ing the HDD
Case fans (e.g. the Nex­us D12SL 120mm fan)
Chip­set heat­sink (e.g. Thermal­right HR-05)
Decent Remote con­trol, if you can find one

Got some thoughts of your own? Indulge yourself below by commenting! If you would like to subscribe please use the subscribe link on the menu at the top right. You can also share this with your friends by using the social links below. Cheers.

Leave a Reply