Putting together an HTPC for my Son-in-law

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    MySon-in-law approached me about assembling a "low cost" HTPC to meet his essential functionality requirements. They already have a solution for Movies, and was wanting to basically give them DVR capabilities for OTA bradcasts and centralize their music collection. I tried to put together a list that I thought would work for them, starting from an outdated "Making a Low Cost HTPC" web page that he sent a link to. Can I get any comments about the choices for this build, especially the MoBo and CPU.

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    1. 1) Antec ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply
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    3. 2) AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D AD540KOKHJBOX
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    5. 3) MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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    7. 4) Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
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    9. 5)  SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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    11. 6) Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
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    15. 8) Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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    17. 9) SiliconDust HDHomeRun DUAL High Definition Digital TV Tuner HDHR3-US (Black)
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    19. 10) SANOXY® Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition
     
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    Looks OK to me (but I have no direct experience with the AMD CPU). The hard disk seems a bit small for a modern DVR (especially for HDTV).
     
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    Hi there,

    I have an AMD A4 client (not server) and it handles everything I throw at it (right up to 1080i), no issues with 24p either.

    Client is running MovPics, TVSeries, etc...

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    cool, ... thanks ...

    My Son-in-law doesn't have big plans for the system, just as a DVR and to catalog his CD collection. They already have a streaming box (don't remember the name) for online TV viewing and movies, but he needs local program recording since dropping cable. He will be setting up a RAM drive for time-shifting. He doesn't plan on storing TV recordings or movies after watching them.... he's not crazy like me :ROFLMAO:
     
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