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    building first pc help!!!!!

    hi there im building my first pc, i want to use the pc for a media player, i want to rig it up to my tv and store dvd's and all my music on it
    play dvds on my tv and internet

    i dont know what mother board to use, what chip i need to do what i have said above, what grafics card and sound card. and ram

    i was wanting to put it all in a small case i have seen alot on here with clear sides so i can put in so led fans and lights etc

    plz help

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    building first pc help!!!!!

    how much are you wanting to spend on it? alot a lil, a cheap media pc i would say would cost probs around £200 and still do the job in any other case it will be above that, the graphics card, will it be just a media player? or a gaming rig as well?? you need to answer these before hand if your going to use it for gaming i would try to get a 8800gt or anything above as this would be good for video aswel, although cooling is a must if you get a 8800gt as they produce alot of heat and you want a small case right?

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    building first pc help!!!!!

    about 400, i want it in a small case too with clear sides so i can put led's in it

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    building first pc help!!!!!

    its just for dvd's, music and internet, want to rig it to tv too

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    erm well i would get a dual core system, wouldnt sli it and would use a 8600gt im sure you can find the low profile ones around, i think i would use a core 2 duo as there ment to be cool running cpus, motherboard wise im not so sure but i think many will do the trick, or even better one dedicated to be used as a media center board.....they are out there hope this helps,

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    building first pc help!!!!!

    not realy as i dont know anything about parts lol, just want some one to tell me what to get

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    ok, well if someone else doesnt beat me to it...i will update you in around 48hours when i come back to my rig other than that you will defo need a tv-card :P

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    What are you going to use for a Monitor? An LCD? CRT, or a actual TV? If you use an LCD with a built in tuner or something you are going to need a different video card than one without. What have you planned for that?

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    Well doing an HTPC with a TV as the monitor isnt always a good result. I've done it with both ATI and NVIDIA low to mid range cards, the font is hard to read on a TV. Thats assuming most TV's are going to use the resolution of 1024 x 768 or less.

    Hardware wise, just about any decent configuration will handle doing what you have listed. I currently run a AMD 3800+ single core on a Sapphire board with a 7600GT and a 32" TV as my HTPC and it does fine. I don't use it to do any encoding or anything like that. If your going to get into that side of it then you will want to bump things up a bit.

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