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Finally getting enough funds in to start up my HTPC

This is my list so far.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=23880288

I have a 2600K sitting here doing nothing, but it seems almost a shame to put it in a HTPC, and have it do nothing. Also have a 460 768MB that was taken out of my rig sitting here doing nothing also*. Should I take out 2100 off and just use the 2600K? Also I'm pretty sure I'm going to throw the 460 in*.

Need some help picking a motherboard that's for sure, and I'll use some basic ram. Stock cooler will be used. Not entirely sure if I will use the blu-ray drive seeing as how I own a PS3. Not sure I can convince myself it's worth the extra change other then to rip them.

Also what Windows 7 version should I go for? 32bit or 64bit?

* Maybe I should sell the 460, and pick up a GT 440?
Edited by Mako0312 - 6/20/11 at 8:36pm
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Well, howdy!

What's the goal of this HTPC?
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post #3 of 31
2600k in that build is a crime.... just give it to me please

And I would go for 64bit, but I can't really give you any reasoning as to why... other than you'll be helping the natural transition from 32bit to 64bit as an industry standard.
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post #4 of 31
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Originally Posted by SweatyTexasGuy View Post
Well, howdy!

What's the goal of this HTPC?
It'll be my Cablebox, DVR, Netflix, Video streaming device.
Plus if I DVR stuff for the woman I might have to send it to her some type of way.

My ultimate goal is to have my:

Gaming Rig
HTPC
Mess around on Laptop
And Data server.

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Originally Posted by ZombieAttack27 View Post
2600k in that build is a crime.... just give it to me please

And I would go for 64bit, but I can't really give you any reasoning as to why... other than you'll be helping the natural transition from 32bit to 64bit as an industry standard.
I've been trying to sell it locally, and no one wants it. Sucks I tell ya.
Edited by Mako0312 - 6/20/11 at 8:43pm
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Originally Posted by Mako0312 View Post
Finally getting enough funds in to start up my HTPC

This is my list so far.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=23880288

I have a 2600K sitting here doing nothing, but it seems almost a shame to put it in a HTPC, and have it do nothing. Also have a 460 768MB that was taken out of my rig sitting here doing nothing also*. Should I take out 2100 off and just use the 2600K? Also I'm pretty sure I'm going to throw the 460 in*.

Need some help picking a motherboard that's for sure, and I'll use some basic ram. Stock cooler will be used. Not entirely sure if I will use the blu-ray drive seeing as how I own a PS3. Not sure I can convince myself it's worth the extra change other then to rip them.

Also what Windows 7 version should I go for? 32bit or 64bit?

* Maybe I should sell the 460, and pick up a GT 440?
As the above poster said, knowing what you want to do with it will greatly help us help you. But I am going to assume since you're entertaining the notion of getting a 440, you are going to be using this almost entirely for media playback, and not as an extra gaining rig. Anyways, I like your idea of selling the 460 and getting a 440 or maybe even something less, like a 210. Honestly you don't need much, if anything. I am using onboard video on a mini itx build, and I have had no problem playing my bluray rips. Also, for a keyboard, might I suggest ? I have it for mine, and it negates needing to have a place to set my mouse. And I barely use it anyways because I have my remote. Hope this was helpful! Good luck!
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8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
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RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
8 gigs G.SKILL Sniper (2x 4) Corsair 128GB SSD LG BluRay Corsair H60 
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Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ASUS 21" & LG 20" Razer Lycosa SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W 
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you can just use the 2600k. i have a 2500k in my htpc and it does nothing at all lol.
    
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by iCrap View Post
you can just use the 2600k. i have a 2500k in my htpc and it does nothing at all lol.
Exactly. It does nothing at all lol.


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Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post
As the above poster said, knowing what you want to do with it will greatly help us help you. But I am going to assume since you're entertaining the notion of getting a 440, you are going to be using this almost entirely for media playback, and not as an extra gaining rig. Anyways, I like your idea of selling the 460 and getting a 440 or maybe even something less, like a 210. Honestly you don't need much, if anything. I am using onboard video on a mini itx build, and I have had no problem playing my bluray rips. Also, for a keyboard, might I suggest this? I have it for mine, and it negates needing to have a place to set my mouse. And I barely use it anyways because I have my remote. Hope this was helpful! Good luck!
Media is my number one concern with this. I'm not done with my main rig as it is.

I'll have to look for keyboards like that. Never even thought of anything like that at all.
Edited by Mako0312 - 6/20/11 at 8:57pm
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It'll be my Cablebox, DVR, Netflix, Video streaming device. Plus if I DVR stuff for the woman I might have to send it to her some type of way.
Well, partner, for that setup, you're pretty much running that there HD video playback, which can be done on the cheap with little modern processing power these days. Make sure to add an SSD for snappy response times between all of the media menus that you will be perusing through. Also, on hand, and in the background, you will want to have a gamut of high-capacity HDDs to house your gigs of media.

I recommend looking at my HTPC build (see sig rig) and going from there. Liker you said, you already have a PS3, so, partner, why not just slap an SSD in there and let it go to work for you? Yeeeeehaaaaaaw!!
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post #9 of 31
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If I get a SSD, wouldn't a Z68 chipset be a little better for it?

I do have this 30GB SSD laying here I forgot about. Oops.
I plan on getting some 2TB F3's if I can find them.
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Just fold bigadv like crazy, get lots of karma, and be happy.
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