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Final Shopping List

The table below shows the final shopping list, not including the cost of the operating system. The OS often comes bundled with one or two pieces of OEM hardware, or you can get it from an MSDN subscription, etc. These prices are for August 2005, but they'll drop as time goes on. You may also be able to combine products in bundles for even greater discounts if you shop around. Overall, I spent about $1,200 for a system that might cost well over $1,800 if you buy it preassembled. So if you DIY you might save over 30% on the cost. But there's an even more important advantage. Now you'll truly know your system and will be able to upgrade it yourself in the future.

Component(s)

Price

Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE

$123

eVGA GeForce 6600 256MB TV-out/DVI/HDTV PCI-E Heatsink Edition

$168

Silver Ahanix MCE601 Home Theater PC case

$219

Microsoft MCE Remote Control for Windows XP MCE

$30

Internal 17-in-1 USB 2.0 card reader, CR101A

$17

Sony DWQ28A 16X double layer (8.5GB) DVD+-RW dual drive, black

$60

Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9, AMD 64, socket 939, nForce4, 4GB, ATX

$105

Two SuperTalent PC3200 512MB DDR400 2 Bank 32MX8 CL2.5 or 3

$90

BTC 9019URF wireless multimedia keyboard with dual-mode joystick

$44

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, Venice, 512KB L2 cache, socket 939—retail

$170

NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder

$20

Seagate Barracuda 250GB, 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

$90

Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI card with SpeedBooster

$60

TOTAL

$1,196

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