Spec me a HTPC!

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Hi everyone. My friend has asked me to make him a HTPC for his pub. He wants to hook it up to a HDTV so he can run SKY Go through it. Thats basically the only requirement for it.

He needs it to be small, and have HDMI out. Maybe some sort of remote control capable of navigating sky go, or web browser features. I have never built anything small form factor so I am open to suggestions.

He has a budget of £250-£300 or so.

All suggestions and questions welcome.
 
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Sky Go is pretty horrible through things like XBMC, MythTV, MediaPortal etc iirc. You should have no problem making one for that price though. Something like an ortek vrc-1100 remote will be great and cheap for an XBMC type system, built in mouse, programmable buttons etc but I got a feeling you will have to use Sky Go through a browser for it to work without any login issues. Maybe there are some newer plugins that work better now though...
 
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Hey thanks for the great suggestions. I was really hoping to build it my self, and like the look of the following:

Intel DH61AG Intel H61 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Mini ITX Motherboard

Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail

Samsung 64GB SSD 830 Desktop Series SATA 6Gb/s KIT with Norton Ghost - (MZ-7PC064D/EU)

Lian Li PC-Q05B Intel DH-61AG HTPC Case - Black Lian Li PC-Q05B Intel DH-61AG HTPC Case - Black

OcUK Value 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Low-Voltage Single Channel Module

Tenda W311MI Wireless USB Network Interface Card – Nano Dongle – 150 Mbps

Total Price £361.39

Can anyone tell me if I would need a different cooler. Would the stock one that comes with the CPU fit in that case. Also the motherboard says it supports 1333MHZ and this is the only stick I could find.

Your comments are welcome.
 
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Hey thanks for the suggestions. I think I am going to go with the following as I need HDMI and the two RAM slots help.

Lian Li PC-Q05B Intel DH-61AG HTPC Case - Black

xIntel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybidge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail

Asus P8H77-I Intel H77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 MiniITX Motherboard

Samsung 64GB SSD 830 Desktop Series SATA 6Gb/s KIT with Norton Ghost - (MZ-7PC064D/EU)

TeamGroup Elite 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (TED38GM1600HC11DC01)

Tenda W311MI Wireless USB Network Interface Card – Nano Dongle – 150 Mbps


I was wondering if that motherboard will fit in that case? Probably not but I would like a compact case.
 
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