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Need some recommendations.

 

What kind of CPU power do I need?

What kind of GPU decoding power do I need?

 

 

I'd like my HTPC to

-DVD Player

-Blue Ray Player

-Music Collection

-Netflix Streaming

-Hulu Streaming

 

All at 1080p on my 47" TV (im well aware netflix and hulu doesn't do 1080p)

 

I have a 430 watt Thermaltake PSU on hand that I plan on throwing into the system.

Other then that I need

-Case

-CPU

-Ram

-Motherboard

-DVD/BR Player

-Hard Drive

 

I'd like this thing to be pretty much silent and small.

 

I have 350$ in gift cards to newegg, so I'd like to shop there.

 

Should I get an AMD dual-core AM3 Set-up /w a low end 5XXX series card?

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this will give you Blu-Ray, DVD, and also plays CD's. and will also burn your backups if you like to do that as well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827129051

 

here for all your music, and anything else

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284

 

CPU/MOBO Combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.382195

 

RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231166

 

GPU/ with HDMI :tup:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150482

 

CASE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811129054

 

all for $830 - $350 = $480 before shipping

 

 

mind you im not the best at this but this would make a killer HTPC none the less

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Haha, the video card is a little overkill, I will do ZERO gaming on this machine.

Thats what my main rig is for. :)

 

I am only interested in Blue-Ray and decent performance decoding.

 

I am mostly just looking for a responsive machine that I can play my Blue-Ray discs on, streaming netflix, and put some bumpin' tunes on when I have people over.

 

I usually "back-up" my media on my powerful i7 rig, and then I will transfer it over via an external medium.

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A 4670 is a beast of a card at $60 or so.

 

4gb of RAM of course. for the blu ray play back you know you need a healthy CPU. Toss in that AMD Athlon X4 620 and toss it at 3.6ghz with a $30 cooler.

 

The motherboard of your choice. Any of the 790 chipsets have never let me down, the 770 and side ones have always given me bugs.

 

What kinda case you lookin for? An actual one or just a whatever. The NZXT Rogue is perdy. But for the real HTPC get the one joe linked

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A 4670 is a beast of a card at $60 or so.

 

4gb of RAM of course. for the blu ray play back you know you need a healthy CPU. Toss in that AMD Athlon X4 620 and toss it at 3.6ghz with a $30 cooler.

 

The motherboard of your choice. Any of the 790 chipsets have never let me down, the 770 and side ones have always given me bugs.

 

What kinda case you lookin for? An actual one or just a whatever. The NZXT Rogue is perdy. But for the real HTPC get the one joe linked

 

I was thinking something along the lines of a 4670 or 5570.

 

As for the CPU, I might be picking up a tri-core 3.0 Rena core from a friend for about 60 dollars, and he said he got it to unlock the 4th core at an easy steady 3.5 no problem.

 

I am looking for a real HTPC case. Something small, quiet and sleek.

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Should I get an AMD dual-core AM3 Set-up /w a low end 5XXX series card?

yes.

I am looking for a real HTPC case. Something small, quiet and sleek.

that's a nice case.. :tup:

 

don't forget tho.. htpc cases aren't really that small when compared to say a dvd player, also normal atx motherboards don't fit in htpc cases usually.

 

are you going to use it for tv too? if so you'll need a tv card. ;)

 

a bit of overkill on the graphics card might be worth it for that extra bit of hd picture quality during fast busy scenes.. :shrug: but not essential. :lol:

 

:b33r:

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yes.

 

that's a nice case.. :tup:

 

don't forget tho.. htpc cases aren't really that small when compared to say a dvd player, also normal atx motherboards don't fit in htpc cases usually.

 

are you going to use it for tv too? if so you'll need a tv card. ;)

 

a bit of overkill on the graphics card might be worth it for that extra bit of hd picture quality during fast busy scenes.. :shrug: but not essential. :lol:

 

:b33r:

 

I am aware the cases are quite large compared to a dvd player.

 

And I was thinking of actually making a MythTv Box...So many choices.

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An htpc case will usually take mini and itx motherboards. Most itx mobo's I have looked at already have a processor soldered onto the board

 

Correction: you can get itx boards for celeron, pentium, doucore and quad core

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-049-_-Product

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This is what I just built within the last week. The mobo has a HDMI output and the on board graphics are more then enough. It is also dead silent.

 

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BN1337

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148323

 

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC GD05B micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166

 

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

 

Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185097

 

Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80571E5300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116074

 

DFI LANPARTY BI G41-T33B LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136076

 

I also bought a Hauppage PCI Internal card at Bestbuy(my old PVR250 wouldn't work)

 

 

I left out the DVDRW, Win 7 and cables etc. I used an existing 500w Ultra Modular PSU with it.

 

It works great, cost around 500 bucks which was my goal.

 

I have a main system for file storage and run movies etc over my network. I use the 500 GB hdd for TV recording.

 

I would reccomend shying away from Win7 XP Media Center seems to be better in about every way thus far. I dont know why they made the changes.

 

And as far as cases go the Antec Aria looks great but dont do it, had one and heat can not be handled without massive modding I crammed a Zalman superflower and got the chip cool enough but the HDD's (three of them) couldnt take the heat and all died, hence the new build in the Silverstone case(which by the way is amazing).

 

Hope this all helps.

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