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I want a new HTPC. Should I build it or buy it as is?

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  1. Mega-Japan

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    I've never built an HTPC before, in fact, I've never even had one but I feel the need of getting one now.

    So should I build it from scratch or buy it already as a set?

    If build it, what are the main/important components of an HTPC? Sames as those in a desktop? Could I get a little overview on them and what brands to choose, etc?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    A good triple/quad core and an HD 4000 series video card. ATi's are way better for HTPC's. I have a HD 4550 and a Phenom 9500 and it plays Bluray movies amazingly well.
     
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    So build it myself, right? What about cases and online stores?
     
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    You are in the US I see, Newegg.com has the cheapest stuff. On the case.. I don't know, I use an Antec Sonata III. If you want, give me a budget and I will throw together a good one for you on newegg.

    Here I just put this together. 605$ after shipping
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    I see, I got an overview of everything I need, thanks.
    So I don't need a high-end CPU, PSU or even GPU...

    Will I need further upgrades? I assume this will be able to play ANYTHING on a HDTV with no problems as well as record stuff, right?

    Also, what about tuner card?
     
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    I'd hardly say you need a 4870 for a HTPC...
     
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    Don't know about tuners. I would look at ATi's tuner cards tho, I hear they are good. A little pricey tho.
     

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