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Trying to spec up a HTPC for my living room. Going to connect it to my Reciever via HDMI and the Reciever is connected to the TV via HDMI too.

This is what i got so far:

GA-H55N-USB3 itxebay £55
i5 650 73Wattsebay£85
Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 8scan£30
Scythe Shuriken CPU Cooler Rev.Bscan£26
5450 40Wattsscan£25
SG05B with 300w PSUscan£81
Samsung Slim DVD Writer, SN-S083scan£30

£330

Or

GA-H55N-USB3 itxebay £55
i5 650 73Wattsebay£85
Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 8scan£30
Scythe Shuriken CPU Cooler Rev.Bscan£26
5450 40Wattsscan£25
DVD Drivescan£15
Lian Li PC-Q11Bscan £81
Enermax 350w PSUscan £35

£367

Or

Either build with a Micro ATX Mobo and Case.


Im using the build solely for XBMC and MKV Rips, surfing the web, youtube.

Whats your opinions?
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No blu-ray?
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Ive got Blu ray in my main rig, i rip to MKV and itll be streamed over Ethernet to this HTPC.

Also im using one of my old 120Gb WD HDDs.
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by jasjeet View Post
Ive got Blu ray in my main rig, i rip to MKV and itll be streamed over Ethernet to this HTPC.

Also im using one of my old 120Gb WD HDDs.
Hey! I'm curious as to which program you use for ripping?
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post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
There is a guide here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ht=blu-ray+mkv

Simpler one here:
http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/2...4-HD-or-MKV-HD
Edited by jasjeet - 7/19/11 at 3:46am
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by jasjeet View Post
SG05B with 300w PSUscan£81

£330

Or

Lian Li PC-Q11Bscan £81

Or

Either build with a Micro ATX Mobo and Case.


Im using the build solely for XBMC and MKV Rips, surfing the web, youtube.

Whats your opinions?
Alas, can't really help you since what you're asking is dependent on your sense of aesthetics.

Personally, I would go for the Silverstone Sugo SG-05B. It's more limited in terms of drive bays compared to the Lian Li PC-Q11 but if you're planning on just streaming everything to the HTPC, then the lack of drive bays probably doesn't matter much. The latter is already approaching the size of a microATX Mini-Tower.

Do keep in mind that if you go with Mini-ITX, you're limited to a single expansion slot. Since you already have a discrete GPU in there, all your add-ons (TV tuners, etc) would have to be external.
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post #7 of 11
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If i was to go with a Micro ATX, what CPU and Mobo would you recommend?

Also should i just go with a dual core?
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post #8 of 11
Dual-core isn't really all that bad, particularly when you consider that Intel's current dual-cores with HyperThreading offer performance on par with the Core 2 Quad Q6600 in heavily threaded tasks and significantly better performance in lightly threaded tasks.

I'm not really sure what products are available and what prices are like in your country. LGA-1156 has already been replaced by LGA-1155. Building new, I would go for the i3-2100. The only reason to stick with LGA-1156 is if you can get good discounts on the CPU and motherboard.

However, if you decide to go microATX, one option to seriously consider is AMD's Llano (in particular, the upcoming A6-3600). The CPU portion is quite a bit slower than the i3-2100 in lightly threaded tasks but it more than makes up for it with its GPU performance. Should eliminate the need for that HD 5450 GPU. Caveat, if you do go Llano, the CPU is probably going to bottleneck higher end discrete GPU than the i5-650 or i3-2100 will.
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How about amd zacate. Has a built in APU (cpu + Gpu)

something like MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Hudson M1 Zacate-FT1 Motherboard £93

or

Shuttle XS35 Mini Computer System
Intel atom x2 with nice slim case £125
Edited by kaks - 7/20/11 at 10:02am
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How about amd zacate. Has a built in APU (cpu + Gpu)

something like MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Hudson M1 Zacate-FT1 Motherboard £93

or

Shuttle XS35 Mini Computer System
Intel atom x2 with nice slim case £125
If you've actually used one of those, you'd know how frustrating it is to encounter content that can't be handled via GPU hardware acceleration and thus, have to fall back on the practically non-existent CPU power. Stutters galore.
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