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Q: Budget HTPC build

My brother has asked me to build him a budget htpc.

He has already picked up a Silverstone LC10 case, I have an old 800 watt atx cheapo brand psu spare,

I am looking for a mobo, cpu, and ram bundle, for around 150.

I was looking at this, but to be honest im not to up on apus:

This pc is for playing world of tanks, and other similar games at 1080p.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

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A: Budget HTPC build

Try these components (I did amazon UK so if im incorrect on region sorry)
Corsair Vengeance 1600 4gb stick (You can always add more later)

This processor has a better GPU and will give more than enough performance over the 5600
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Support standard PS2(ATX) power suppliesClick to expand...

It says it will however I would REALLY rethink using a pw supply with a 1yr warranty. That is a very low end unit.
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A:New HTPC build

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A:Can I use my Win7pro on new my HTPC build?

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Can anyone vouch for either of these cases or suggest a better alternative?

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A:Recommended case for my HTPC build.

Here are some ideas...............
Try to avoid the microatx cases.
You really want something that can handle a full size atx power
supply to make sure you meet the power requirements for the
Other than that,it's really a matter of personal preference.

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Look at this......
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A:System crash, BSOD's on new HTPC build

Quote: Originally Posted by Lutfij

Hey there everyone, I've been a long time lurker on seven forums, and have used the info on your theads to get my google chrome working when win7 first came out.

However, this time, I've decided to Move out of Tom's hardware threads and post here for a conclusive answer.

I have put together a build some time back since july, its been giving me BSOD's. This only happens when i ahve a portable USB HDD connected to the USB port - whether front panel or back panel header, I still get a BSOD. I did a fresh install of Win7 x64 with the latest device drivers from Intels and Realtek's site.

System specs;
Intel i3-2100 @ stock
ECS H67H2-M Black deluxe mobo
4GB Twinmos DDR3 1333MHz (dunno the voltages since the sticker doesn't say anything apart from CL9) but I'm assuming its 1.5V +/- .075V
1x 250GB Seagate(formerly maxtor HDD) OS
1x 2TB Samsung HDD for movies and media drive
LiteOn DVD +/-RW
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU

The PSU and 250GB HDD were hand downs from me to this pals.

Now everytime I connect the portable USB HDD to the port, I can run a movie from the device but after a while, it gives a BSOD. When running a movie from the desktops HDD, there is no such hickup.

With all this digging I've learn't that
1| BSOD's can happen from a grounding issue
2| BSOD's can happen with a driver failure(or badly written drivers)
3| BSOD's can happen due to heat issues
4| BSOD's can happen from a faulty hardware
5| BSOD's can happen from USB devices as well

But i want to get to the bottom of this problem. Otherwise I can't get back to what I'm supposed to be doing... I'm one of those people who needs to solve the vcurrent problem then move on to other things.

I'm sorry for the long post, but this BSOD thingy is getting to my.

hope these files help, lemme know if you need anything else or what else i can do from here on.


Hi Lutfij welcome to SF

Please upload here you minidumps by following these steps,
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A:New HTPC Build - BSOD just using chrome or itunes. Zip attached

The dump you've provided shows an inconclusive analysis, so there's not much we can go on. I'd recommend enabling Driver Verifier.

I've taken a look at the drivers list at this, here are a few that need to be updated:

wdcsam64.sys - wdcsam64 Wed Apr 16 04:39:08 2008 (Western Digital SCSI Arcitecture Model (SAM) WDM driver). Update here.

swpslwfx.sys - jswpslwfx Mon Apr 28 19:59:25 2008 (D-Link USB Wireless Adapter Driver). Update here.

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* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

An expected clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor in an
MP system within the allocated interval. This indicates that the specified
processor is hung and not processing interrupts.
Arg1: 0000000000000031, Clock interrupt time out interval in nominal clock ticks.
Arg2: 0000000000000000, 0.
Arg3: fffff88002fd5180, The PRCB address of the hung processor.
Arg4: 0000000000000003, 0.

Debugging Details:





fffff880`02bfcd88 fffff800`031208c9 : 00000000`00000101 00000000`00000031 00000000`00000000 fffff880`02fd5180 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`02bfcd90 fffff800`030d3497 : 00000000`00000000 fffff800`00000003 00000000`00002711 00000000`00000000 : nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+0x4e2e
fffff880`02bfce20 fffff800`0300d895 : fffff800`03033460 fffff880`02bfcfd0 fffff800`03033460 00000000`00000000 : nt!KeUpdateSystemTime+0x377
fffff880`02bfcf20 fffff800`030c5173 : 00000000`fc91b07a fffff800`0323ee80 fffff800`0323ee80 00000000`00000000 : hal!HalpHpetClockInterrupt+0x8d
fffff880`02bfcf50 fffff800`030ce7a0 : fffff800`0323ee80 fffff880`00000001 00000000`00000000 fffff880`02bfd1d8 : nt!KiInterruptDispatchNoLock+0x163
fffff880`02bfd0e0 fffff800`0310d7ac : 00000000`0000000d fffff800`0323ee80 fffff8a0`0021e050 00000000`00000000 : nt!KeFlushMultipleRangeTb+0x260
fffff880`02bfd1b0 fffff880`01246b48 : fffffa80`0ab59040 00000000`625717b6 00000000`0000000d fffff800`0323ee80 : nt!MmSetAddressRangeModified+0x2b0
fffff880`02bfd2b0 fffff880`012f3037 : fffff8a0`0021e050 00000000`62571aeb 00000000`00000001 fffff880`012f2700 : Ntfs!LfsFlushLfcb+0x5d8
fffff880`02bfd430 fffff880`012f55b0 : fffff8a0`0021e050 00000000`62571aeb fffff800`03269260 fffff800`03269260 : Ntfs!LfsFlushToLsnPriv+0x143
fffff880`02bfd4c0 fffff880`012f2bd3 : fffff8a0`0021e050 fffff8a0`001d4c40 fffff8a0`00150050 fffff8a0`0021e050 : Ntfs!LfsWriteLfsRestart+0xf0
fffff880`02bfd500 fffff880`012f15b7 : fffff8a0`001d4c40 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`06bff430 00000000`62567d72 : Ntfs!LfsWriteRestartArea+0x143
fffff880`02bfd590 fffff880`012f48db : fffff880`02bfdab0 fffffa80`06bff180 fffff880`02bfda00 fffff880`01247000 : Ntfs!NtfsCheckpointVolume+0xa97
fffff880`02bfd990 fffff880`012f327b : fffff880`02bfdab0 fffffa80`06bff180 fffffa80`06bff188 fffff880`0123a020 : Ntfs!NtfsCheckpointAllVolumesWorker+0x4b
fffff880`02bfd9e0 fffff880`012f5398 : fffff880`02bfdab0 00000000`00000000 fffff880`012f4890 fffff880`02bfdcb8 : Ntfs!NtfsForEachVcb+0x167
fffff880`02bfda80 fffff800`030d3001 : fffff800`03269200 fffff800`033bf900 fffff800`03269200 00000000`00000002 : Ntfs!NtfsCheckpointAllVolumes+0xb8
fffff880`02bfdcb0 fffff800`03363fee : fffff880`03192a78 fffffa80`0ab59040 00000000`00000080 fffffa80`063fd040 : nt!ExpWorkerThread+0x111
fffff880`02bfdd40 00000000`00000000 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : nt!PspSystemThreadStartup+0x5a

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A:PC build, £700 budget

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A:Budget Build For Self

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A:Help with budget build

is this it?

I would recommend replacing just about everything.
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A:New Budget Build!

Wow, can put mobile processor in a desktop? i thought you must use laptop motherboards in order to work properly...

Good job, value for money, value for use (low-power)
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A:New budget build

You can save money on the power supply and the memory, but first, what are your planned uses of the new computer.
Look at memory at or
Consider a quality power supply, but you don't need more than 450 o4 500 W if it is truly a good one.
The Western Digital Black is a good choice,as is the LG
Be very certain your motherboard will fit the case you get... when the CPU and fan are included.
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Motherboard Gigabyte P35-DS3 152.00
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.67GHz 245.00
RAM Kington 2GB Kit (2x1G) DDR2 667 102.00
Hard Drive Western Digital 320GB SATA 96.00
VGA Generic 8600GT 256MB PCI-E 129.00
DVD-RW Asus 1814BLT 18x DL DVD-RW SATA (Black) 49.00
Case Coolermaster Centurion V CAC-T05 w/ 430W PSU 108.00
TOTAL 881.00

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A:Budget build motherboards

That Abit is a good board! But what about the processor? Have you budgeted for the 965? Core Duo? Core Extreme?
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Video Card
Hard Drives (or SSD)
Power Supply
(Sound Card?)
Budget is anywhere between 400 - 600 pounds.

Thanks in advance.

A:AMD Budget Gaming Build

You've already posted this:

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A:Budget AMD build need some suggestions

You need a good...but not great mobo and a great cpu. After you get your motherboard you will need to be sure that your pre selected ram will be compatible. It's better to get your motherboard and cpu bundle, then select the best ram for the job. Luckily, Corsair has a good compatibility to product ratio. I had to trade back OCZ revision 2 for Corsair. My Corsair (4x1gig) has 4-4-4-12- latency numbers @ 400 mhz. I only go 5-5-5-18 when over clocking. You will get a lot of opinions about your choices...I say 'use what I use'. ASUS P5N-E SLI mobo and an INTEL cpu. E6750 is a good buy. It's around $200...=2.66...can O'C well. The ASUS is about $120. Don't forget a PSU and a Video processor.
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EVERYTHING must play nice with each other
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A:Trying to build a gaming PC on a budget

Hey mate.

First thing's first, 300 is a pretty damn tight budget for any computer, let alone a gaming pc, so don't be expecting anything too mind-blowing.
to get you started, I'm gonna assume you live in the UK so we'll be using for your purchases.

Before we go any further, could you tell us a few things:
- Do you already own peripherals? (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers)
- Do you have a copy of windows, or will we need to buy one?
- Do you have any parts you can re-use from elsewhere? (HDD, Optical drive, etc.)
- Is there any way you can raise your budget? like I said before, 300 is pretty darn tight.

Try to give us as much information as possible - help us help you
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A:My big budget custom PC build

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OS- Windows 7 64bit

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HDD- Does fit the motherboard? if not,
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A:Budget Gaming PC Build

Why not get everything from newegg, comes with the same single shipping costs, also lower prices... The same hard drive:

You will need a power supply, and on deciding what kind of one, we'd need to know what kind of a graphics card you're going to use. Without knowing, I'd just recommend something that will power just about anything you might have:

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A:Unlimited budget PC build

I had in mind to get a intel Core i7-3770K processor.
For graphics an AMD Radeon HD 7970.
For RAM I suggest 16GB being enough.
And a Samsung 256GB 2.5" SATA III SSD for storage of the OS and other software.Click to expand...

This sound like a good choice. You can get a motherboard with a built in wifi adapter.
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A:Low budget build. What do you think? See any problems?

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Graphics Card: Sapphire ATi HD7770 - $139
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $72
Memory: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB (1 X4GB) - $29
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Optical Drive: Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA (SH-S223C-BL) - $19
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX NEO ECO - $58

Monitor: AOC e2250Swd 21.5" - $119
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $23

TOTAL: $852

Are the parts compatible?

What do you think of the build?

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A:Epic new budget build

Is this ur max budget?And yes those are compatible. But I would add another 4gb of ram and a ssd to boot the system.
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A:Attempting another budget build... again

The second build is the better one.

You can also do with a cheaper motherboard, like a 760G-based one, especially if you are only going to use the onboard video card.
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A:Budget Gaming Build

I would recommend this build instead:

Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 AMD 740G uATX Motherboard - Retail - $52.99 + free shipping
AMD Athlon X2 7850 Kuma 2.8GHz Black Edition CPU - Retail - $60.00 + free shipping
G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz Dual-Channel Kit - Retail - $46.99 + free shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Graphics Card - Retail - $93.24 + free shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $56.99 + free shipping
Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $39.99 + free shipping
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - OEM - $99.99 + free shipping
Grand Total = $500 approximately. Everything ships free.

If your friend can stretch their budget a bit, I recommend this card instead of the HD 4830.

Also, look at this page to see if and how your friend can get their copy of the Windows 7 equivalent of Vista Home Premium, for only the cost of S&H ($9.99). I'm not sure whether or not that particular version of Vista is eligible, but if it is, then your friend's in luck.
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A:My first computer build - budget $800-$900

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Intel Core i5-4460, EVGA GeForce GTX 960, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($194.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Raidmax Vortex ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($36.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $771.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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A:Want opinions on first PC build my budget is around $850.

If you share with BB code you can post all parts within thread. Like this:PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($194.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $831.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-02 22:11 EDT-0400
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A:$400 budget build... Phenom II x3

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A:New PC build, budget $1000 to $1500

If you could be a little more specific about what you'll need it for; running a small businesses is broad.

Do you need a blu ray drive?
I suggested two 2TB drives in RAID I for data redundancy, which I would think might be important, but that's to your discretion; same goes for the capacity.

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Well I was gonna suggest a 7850 for playing BF3 but looking at the prices on that website it seems to be almost twice as expensive as the 7770. In the UK the 2GB 7850 is only about 40-50% more than the 1GB 7770, and the gap shrinks with the 1GB 7850. Some weird pricing going on...

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A:New gaming build - $1000 budget

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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A:Advice on new build, budget is roughly $1,340

There's no "S" in advice, at least here on the other side of the Atlantic. What you have picked looks okay, and if you want to go SSD please read up on things like AHCI and SATA 3 before you commit to SSD
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A:A challenge to build a budget gaming pc

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A:First time budget build, need advice

How much are your abobve components adding up to? Based on that we could recommend the remaining stuff.
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A:Need help finding parts for new PC build ($500 budget)

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A:Advice & suggestions on first build under $3k budget

direct quote from member lehpron from the EVGA forums, sorry its huge but this sums up why I chose the type of mobo, GPU and CPU. but of course still subject to change

"Most modern games are threaded for between 2-4 cores, and it has been a slow progress adoption since quads have been around for six years, duals for eight years. meaning, a 6-core won't make a difference today. New games take 2-3 years to make from the ground up, so in that time, it will make a quad that much more important. Only get the 6-core for your professional work, not for gaming.

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This part will require an edit for realism.

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A:Parts for Pentium G860 budget build?

For that CPU, I would say any motherboard that will fit your case.

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Either buy a case without a pw supply and then purchase a decent one OR buy an antec case with a pw supply. What you have selected is what I call a junk unit. Really just think about it for a min or two. A decent 500W pw supply alone is going to cost you $50~75 or so. What kind of quality do you think you are going to get for $29 case and pw supply?

This is one item you do NOT want to go cheap. Here is an example of a quality pw supply for an average build.
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A:build me a Monster budget is 3k australian dollars

Wow.. 3 grand is a friggin lot.. i wish i had that when i was building my pc.. so i'm getting that this is going to be a gaming rig 1st, media/etc 2nd? what part of oz you at and are you going to source parts from online shops or pc shops? is this just budget for the tower or tower plus monitor?

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i think you were thinking about this Zalman?

get a good quality PSU is your main thing, and i'd recomend a seagate hdd, because their warranty rocks . Creative X-Fi for your audio card, or a M-audio etc if you are gonna do some pro/hobby audio recording..

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Please feel free to comment on this hardware list.
Use : as above in title
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Budget;< $600

Thanks in advance for your kind input.

ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM H61 DDR3 LGA1155 mATX PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI VGA DVI B3 Motherboard

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Nice build

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A:Help me build budget PC suitable for home audio recording & editing

You can start with the buying guides and swap out the video card for a better sound card if needed or just downgrade to a basic video card.
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Welcome Dave

Try it this way, do not put in the key number and uncheck the box activate automatically.

When done activate by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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A:HTPC Ideas

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A:Building HTPC???

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A:Htpc bsod


There seems to be no dump in the zip file.

Please make sure you're following the instructions on this thread correctly and post the dumps again.

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Well I m starting to work on my HTPC DVR setup I picked up a surpassingly decent computer for at a moving sale Has a ghz P dual core in it gigs DDR ram and it had Gefore GTS dual slot graphics card but I had to steel that to replace a my GT HTPC/DVR Building graphics that died And it has a watt power supply amp a DVD drive No hard drives tho So now I need to put a new graphics card in it All I need it to do is do video play back and down the road its going to record video via an internal TV Tuner card So I m looking for any recommendations on a video card I do want it to have an HDMI out and be able to play back full p video w o any issues It will be hooked up to a quot HDTV I will be getting this spring Also would like it to be fanless to keep the noise down From some poking around on newegg my top pick so far has been SAPPHIRE DDR L Radeon HD GB -bit DDR PCI Express x HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card So wondering any opinions on said card and Building HTPC/DVR if it should be more than enough to do p playback Thanks nbsp
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Does anyone have pics of HP casemosd I need ideas for a new HTPC project My plan is to take my Gigabyte GA ZMM and ghz for HP HTPC CASEMODS Duron which I jumper overclocked to HP CASEMODS for HTPC ghz I also picked up an ATI All In Wonder pro for bucks I also have a sterio to RCA jack converter That and an extra gb HDD a DVD drive and all of my DIVX movies shared on the network should let me Watch DIVX HP CASEMODS for HTPC on my inch TV Save TV programs Schedule digital taping of TV shows Pause Live TV Get one of those WinTv Descrambler programs Save VHS on my computer and convert them to DIVX Plug in my my video camara saving all of the video digatally Play Counter Strike on my TV Play any other games that will run on a mb video card Give my DVD player to my sister and watch DVDs from my DVD drive Any Suggestions Pictures of case mods for this BOX I want to make it Black to match my TV set THANKS nbsp


I added a desk to one corner of my living room, put a monitor on it, then added a gyration cordless optical suite (25ft range). Then I put the outputs to the TV using a 3 way switch. That way when we're not useing the PC on the TV, someone can use the monitor at the desk by simply taking the mouse and keyboard over to it.
I added a k-world TV/Tuner w/remote for recording shows. I use
Winamp 2 with the cdg plugins for karaoke. epsx for playing playstation, zsnes for super ninetendo, and a few more console emulators. IE N64, nintendo, sega, mame. A long USB hub with 4 10 button joysticks attached makes the ultimate game platform.
$4 joysticks w/10 buttons similar to consoles can be found here. use promo code "bensbargains" for 10% off

I also use a program called voiceflux to voice control the setup.

And a program called modemspy to allow the PC to announce who's calling using caller ID over the TV's speakers.
Truster is used to create a lie detector that can be used on the modem telephone line.

Some home automation equipment on clearance from radioshack tied in with the voice control through macros allow me to voice control the lights in the house. Such as, I can simply say "living room lights down two" to dim the living room lights".

I'm not using any HTPC programs to run it. I've got win2000 on it, with talisman desktop v.2 to give it special interfaces.

Another neat thing to do with it is to use vital desktop to run a screensaver as your desktop background.