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Rock Solid HTPC

Brian L
The list author says: "Here's what you need to build a rock solid HTPC based on XBMC. The SSD makes it quick to boot and snappy to use. It does have a small laptop fan inside, but it is near-silent."
ZOTAC ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core Barebone Mini-PC ZBOX-ID41-U
ZOTAC ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core Barebone Mini-PC ZBOX-ID41-U
"You might be tempted to go with the newer ID80, but beware that you'll need to manually upgrade the BIOS to get sleep mode working properly, and even then it runs very hot.  This tried-and-true box runs cool and decodes 1080p just fine."
Crucial CT2KIT25664BC1067 4GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 SODIMM DDR3 Memory KIT (2GBx2)
Crucial CT2KIT25664BC1067 4GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 SODIMM DDR3 Memory KIT (2GBx2)
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC064B/WW
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC064B/WW
"Any small SSD will do, but this one is notoriously fast and reliable."
Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control - Silver (915-000159)
Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control - Silver (915-000159)
"You could go for the 300 at half the price, but backlit buttons and adjustable interkey delay make this a better choice."
HP OEM Window Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Windows7 Vista & Ultimate Edition (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
HP OEM Window Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Windows7 Vista & Ultimate Edition (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"All you really need is the receiver, but the remote is handy for "training" the Harmony for certain commands and it is usually thrown in for the same price."