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HTPC Components

I'm building a little HTPC basically just to hold all my media and run XBMC. I also want to use it as a DVR. So basically the only thing I need it to be powerful enough to do is put out HD video smoothly. I am also interested in using it as some kind of server (which I have zero experience with) so I can view my media files on any computer in my house. I was just going to let the folders be shared on my home network.

Here is what I have planned out:
dvd drive:
DVR card:

It has been awhile since I build a computer and I had a friend help me, so I was just wondering if all these components are compatible. I want to keep this project cheap, because I already spent a lot on my last build making a powerful pc.

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I cheated.

I use a refurb core 2 duo laptop for this. It has some intel 4500 display chipset and plays HD from hulu and more. I spend less than 500 and it's quiet. I didn't have to tinker with machine building and it's been very nice. Here's a similar but more powerful refurb.

I tried the small desktop route and came back to this solution.

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HTPC Components

That's a good idea, but I would rather build my own and use a HTPC case. Can anyone look through these components real quick? I just need to know if they are all compatible, I am ready to hit order, haha.
Thanks in advance.

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I tried that over the years and the cheap laptop is what finally solved this. The HTPCs either were too noisy or pulled 100+ Watts.

I will however look at the BOXEE when it ships.

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Take a look at this.
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couple of problems

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