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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.



Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE


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


Silver Ahanix MCE601 Home Theater PC case


Microsoft MCE Remote Control for Windows XP MCE


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


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


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


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


BTC 9019URF wireless multimedia keyboard with dual-mode joystick


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


NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder


Seagate Barracuda 250GB, 7200 rpm SATA hard drive


Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI card with SpeedBooster




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