Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)
I finally got to test my future HTPC, future because I don’t have a case and some other components to finish it. But still I wanted to test how good or bad it was. Take a look at the current build. Firing it up was quite fun, and I also got a chance to try my hand at over clocking, more on that later.
The components which are going to go in to my HTPC build are:
I borrowed DVD drive, hard drive and power supply (250 Watts) from my old PC which I have been trying to sell off, and 2 GB RAM from my Shuttle Build. In future I plan on getting a Blue Ray burner, and 2 TB hard drive for it. Lets get back to our Super Cheap HTPC build.
Before I get into the remaining components for the build let me tell you a bit about the MOBO (Motherboard) and CPU. MOBO is a champ it support pretty much every LGA 775 CPU out there. Has decent expansion capability. Only downsides are that it doesn’t have firewire, and the PCI Express x16 is 1.0 and not 2.0. But it has good over clocking capabilities. Onboard video is 256 MB and it runs Windows 7 Aero as a champ.
Now a word about the CPU, it is quite an amazing CPU, don’t let the name Celeron and its 1 Mb L2 cache fool you. It clocks a score of 5.9 out of the box on Windows 7 rating scale. I over clocked it to 2.82 GHz and it clocks a 6.3. I tested it for the regular HTPC work (playing/recording high def video/TV) and both the MOBO and the CPU came out with flying colors. To top it, the CPU/MOBO combo has very low power consumption too, as reported by some Newegg buyers. So if you just need to build a real cheap HTPC that does its job, go for it.
To complete the build I would recommend the following:
LG 22X DVD Burner: $30.99
Get a hard drive of your choice and you have a good looking HTPC for $237+hard drive cost (under $300). These days RAM prices are very high so you are better off buying 2GB RAM for now. It would serve the purpose well, you can later on add 2 more GBs when the price is right or if the need be.
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