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Best CPU/Mobo for HTPC/Media server? Will SB be overkill?

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I'm looking to build a HTPC and Media server. I don't do gaming yet so I'm not sure if SB 2500k will be over kill for what I'm doing. I don't mine going with AMD chip

Budget for CPU is $400 but of course I would rather spend as little as possible and I do live a Micro Center.

thanks
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you would probably be fine with a i5-2300 or 2400, hell possibly an i3-2100
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For an HTPC, you really don't need a powerful CPU. I'm using a X2 245 and it's enough already. I don't even have a dedicated graphics card.

Since you're nearby a Micro Center, I will either pick up the X2 250 with the free motherboard for like $55. If you wanted to spend a little more, go with the i3-2100 and the free motherboard which is $120 right now, at a point it was $99. It'll future proof your machine a little longer. But for HTPCs, usually the case and hard drive is more expensive, so maybe you can save some money on the CPU and invest it in other parts instead.
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Originally Posted by bratas View Post
you would probably be fine with a i5-2300 or 2400, hell possibly an i3-2100
Yes. The i3 will have nice thermals and low power use, and will be plenty fast for any app an HTPC needs. The on-CPU vid can also handle HD decoding.
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post #5 of 6
Hey if you check out my threads I started I started one on this and it has a lot of info in it.
post #6 of 6
You could honestly run a Sempron 140 + AMD integrated graphics and do fine.
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