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I was hoping for something that looks more like a A/V Receiver I guess...I have a nice Pioneer and kinda wanna keep that sleek look. I was thinking of something along the lines of the nMedia HTPC 6000B unit...Price is important and I wanna stay around $100 or less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811204037



Price is important and I wanna stay around $100 or less, so yea that one is a little out of my range.


Those nmedia cases are pretty basic, but work pretty well. I have one I got for free, and it's decent enough.


edit: Ohhh! That silverstone looks sleek
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Only problem with the silverstone one is that its micro ATX only...this is where I run into problems when looking at cases.
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Personally, I'd get a Silverstone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163174
Something like that.
I've got that case!! I love it! Once I move, I will post pics.

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Those nmedia cases are pretty basic, but work pretty well. I have one I got for free, and it's decent enough.
How???

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That looks really nice for what you are looking for..

Also, as others have said, nMedia cases look really nice and are dirt cheap! I'm not sure how many full ATX options they have though..
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I've got that case!! I love it! Once I move, I will post pics.



How???



That looks really nice for what you are looking for..

Also, as others have said, nMedia cases look really nice and are dirt cheap! I'm not sure how many full ATX options they have though..

How did I get it for free? Someone I knew didn't want it so I got it for freeeeeeee
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Thanks for the insight on the cases guys! I'll look at my options of Full ATX cases and decide based on my price points.

Regarding the video cards, my options have to be PCI-E 16x 2.0 since thats what my MB can handle.

If ATI versus nVidia wasn't an issue...what is the best card for what I need in the $100-$150 range? I see alot of options from what you've recommended and it looks like most people are leaning towards the ATI cards.
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If ATI versus nVidia wasn't an issue...what is the best card for what I need in the $100-$150 range? I see alot of options from what you've recommended and it looks like most people are leaning towards the ATI cards.
Lol, I actually lean towards Nvidia. CUDA paired with certain decoders allows for GPU hardware acceleration even when DXVA isn't working. I've got a GT 430 on one of my HTPC's.

For $100~150, basically the GTS 450, GTX 550 Ti, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460 768MB, HD 5770, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6790, HD 6850. You certainly don't need those, though. They're more if you plan to do some gaming. Even an HD 6670 (~$80) is plenty for HTPC use and it wouldn't require a separate PCIe power connector.

For best bang for the buck, you could pretty much follow Tom's recommendations:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...6670,2935.html
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Lol, I actually lean towards Nvidia. CUDA paired with certain decoders allows for GPU hardware acceleration even when DXVA isn't working. I've got a GT 430 on one of my HTPC's.

For $100~150, basically the GTS 450, GTX 550 Ti, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460 768MB, HD 5770, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6790, HD 6850. You certainly don't need those, though. They're more if you plan to do some gaming. Even an HD 6670 (~$80) is plenty for HTPC use and it wouldn't require a separate PCIe power connector.

For best bang for the buck, you could pretty much follow Tom's recommendations:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...6670,2935.html
Haha, looks like I have alot of choices. Gonna have to spend sometime making up my mind on which option to go with. I wanna stay closer to the $100 mark so that might make it easier.

EDIT: Also, all HD 6xxx series cards are out cause they require PCI-e 16x 2.1 and my MB only supports 2.0. So this would put the HD 5xxx series as my top of the line ATI cards. I will have to do similar analysis on the nVidia cards.
Edited by bibek888 - 5/17/11 at 6:59pm
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EDIT: Also, all HD 6xxx series cards are out cause they require PCI-e 16x 2.1 and my MB only supports 2.0. So this would put the HD 5xxx series as my top of the line ATI cards. I will have to do similar analysis on the nVidia cards.
PCIe is supposed to be backwards compatible. Theoretically, you can use PCIe 3.0 x16 cards on a PCIe x16 slot and vice versa. You just lose some bandwidth (not sure if the difference is significant enough to affect performance, though).
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