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If you'll be using it as a HTPC the integrated GPU on the processor will improve playback at 24fps. If your not too fussed about playing movies etc on it then going for a Intel Cerleron/Pentium (1155) may be a better option. Motherboard has 5 SATA ports and HDMI to connect to amplifier/TV.

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1 x Fractal Design Arc Mini Tower Case - Black £69.98
1 x Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H AMD A75 (Socket FM1) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard £69.38
1 x AMD Llano A6-3500 2.40GHz (Socket FM1) APU Processor £56.99
1 x Corsair Builder Series CX 430W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply (CMPSU-430CXUKV2) £34.99
1 x Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX) £19.99
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Budget Intel option. The G530 will be fine for basic tasks such as browsing/home server etc. No need for a dedicated/discrete GPU, use the onboard Intel HD2000. Gigabyte Gen3. board so UK warranty and full compatibility with Ivy Bridge CPUs so decent possible upgrade path. Only the four SATA ports though on the downside.

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1 x Gigabyte H61MA-D3V Intel H61 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £47.99
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1 x BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £31.99
1 x Intel Celeron G530 2.40GHz Socket LGA 1155 Processor - Retail £29.99
1 x Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G) £19.99
1 x OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £13.98
Total : £178.93 (includes shipping : FREE).

 
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For the OS, take a look at VortexBox

It's a fedora16 based distro that auto-rips cds and dvds (can also do blu-rays), and comes pre-configured with a samba server, Logitech Squeezebox server, and mini-DLNA server.

There's a load of stuff you can install from the web-ui as well easily.

http://vortexbox.org/content/
 
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it wont be playing the video as i stream to my 360's but i do want it to run windows.

i like the look of this but i dont need to spend that much on a case.

can this be trimmed down any?
 
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it wont be playing the video as i stream to my 360's but i do want it to run windows.

i like the look of this but i dont need to spend that much on a case.

can this be trimmed down any?

Quite a few option but if it's not going to really fully use the onboard Radeon 6530 then may as well go down the route of Intel and something like a G530/G620.
 
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Quite a few option but if it's not going to really fully use the onboard Radeon 6530 then may as well go down the route of Intel and something like a G530/G620.

im out of touch with hardware by about 4 years so ive no idea what a g530 or g620 is :p
 
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im out of touch with hardware by about 4 years so ive no idea what a g530 or g620 is :p

Lower end sandy bridge pentium processor models.

The g860, for example, was found to be on par with the top end AMD offering (FX8120), so really a g530/620 would be fine for your needs.
 
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im out of touch with hardware by about 4 years so ive no idea what a g530 or g620 is :p

Basically the spec in post #4. Most H61 motherboards only tend to come with around 4 sata ports do you could swap the motherboard for something like a basic Z68 board such as the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 or the Asus P8Z68-V LX which have a total of 6 sata ports.
 
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how does this look then?

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i will use the dvd drive to install windows then unplug it for another hdd to be plugged into the sata slot
 
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i will keep the drive just incase i need it then can just plug it in.

is that spec ok?

i wont need a gpu will i? onboard will be ok
 
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