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So i want to be able to watch movies next to my bed at night on occasion and i have a nice extra monitor so i was thinking about putting a small HTPC there to watch movies at night which could be a blu-ray or streaming files from my desktop. I have some extra parts so if i could make use of them that would be great. Dont need anything fast, just fast enough for blu-ray.

Parts i have extra: I7 920, Asus P6T, 2x Intel X25-E 32GB, Nvidia 9500GS


If that video card was enough i could do something like

CPU: My existing i7 920

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134853

HD: My existing 2x 32GB Intel X25-E's (RAID0)

Motherboard: My existing Asus P6T

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119195

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

Video: My existing 9500GS

Blu-ray: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106326



How does that look? Would cost about $194 to get it up and running. Would that be my cheapest/best route to get it going?
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well if your not trolling with things like this
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Originally Posted by Blindsay;13557818 
Dont need anything fast, just fast enough for blu-ray.

CPU: My existing i7 920

How does that look? Would cost about $194 to get it up and running. Would that be my cheapest/best route to get it going?

then i would say scratch the cpu/mobo it will be hard to cool a i7 920 in that case and its a waste of power.

everything else looks fine.

-doober
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What about selling most of those parts and getting something like a PS3 or Blu-Ray player with streaming? Could probably come out cheaper or even make some money, lol.
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Originally Posted by indigo995;13558559 
What about selling most of those parts and getting something like a PS3 or Blu-Ray player with streaming? Could probably come out cheaper or even make some money, lol.

id like to stick a computer i dont want to worry about having a format that a ps3 or blu-ray wont play, and its a pain to sell everything first

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well if your not trolling with things like this


then i would say scratch the cpu/mobo it will be hard to cool a i7 920 in that case and its a waste of power.

everything else looks fine.

-doober

im not trolling i just happen to have an extra 920, if someone was going to suggest something else then it didnt have to be fast.

Couldnt i undervolt the 920 to keep it cool?
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post #5 of 6
I would suggest underclocking and undervolting it to save power. I'd imagine an i7 @ 1.2Ghz would still devour HD content for breakfast. Play around with it, that GPU should easily be enough too.
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Definitely would work man. Undervolting and Underclocking would be the way to go man.

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