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Time For My Annual HTPC Upgrade

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jan 25 2010 04:14 am

galaxy_gts_250I’ve always had trouble saying “no” to the crazy discounts on HTPC parts during the Christmas holidays. This past Christmas was no different, but I did try to resist buying high end products. Instead I went for year old hardware, which there was some real good deals at Newegg and Tiger Direct.

Here are the parts I used to update my HTPC:
• Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300processor
• GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
• OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR2 1066
• Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB hard drives (x2)
• Logitech MK700 keyboard and mouse
• SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W power supply
• Galaxy GTS 250 video card
• Windows 7

The only parts I kept from the previous HTPC are the case and blu-ray ROM. I didn’t have any problems installing the hardware. The SeaSonic fan is super quite and the quad core processor makes the computer noticeably faster.

On the software side, I did have problems trying to install Window’s 7 64 bit. After a day and a half, I gave up and went to the professional 32 bit version of Windows 7. The 64 bit version kept getting stuck in the beginning with an unspecified driver issue.

Windows 7 so far has worked out great as an HTPC operating System. I’ve had no HDMI sync issues, blu-rays play great, and streaming media is easier. So far, so good.

2 Responses to “Time For My Annual HTPC Upgrade”

  1. Alfred

    Concerning the making an HTPC is there any where giving a full break down on the best parts to use to build a great system.

    can you email me it or post it here.


  2. There are so many different part and configurations …it really depends on what you want your HTPC to do. If it’s for blu-ray or gaming, then you’ll need better specs. If its just for media storage and video streaming, then you proably won’t need the fastest CPU,RAM, etc out there.

    I think the link below could help you: