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No, that Zalman won't fit. You'll either want a stock Phenom II cooler (the one with the heatpipes), or perhaps something like an H50 or similar (make sure the case has 120mm vents if you plan to use the H50 idea).

The stock Phenom II cooler will be more than enough though, the CPU is overkill for HTPC use at stock.

I personally hate XFX for their customer service....but honestly at that price, and its local for you, its fine. A 5450 is a 5450. Brand won't matter except with warranty and customer service, but its a $25 card so it really doesn't matter. Again, you might want to consider a higher end AMD card if you plan to game at all on it. Otherwise a 5450 should suffice fine.

All of this, And i agree with pioneer. If you ever want to game on this thing then a 5770 would be awesome and you can pick up a Xbox 360 joypad or maybe a PS3 one and a bluetooth dongle and have a nice little console replacement system.
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Well that sounds pretty tempting, but I don't plan to spend too much money on this machine since it's a little old and it only would be use for movies, youtube, browsing, etc.
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Well that sounds pretty tempting, but I don't plan to spend too much money on this machine since it's a little old and it only would be use for movies, youtube, browsing, etc.
Out of interest how far away is your main machine?
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post #14 of 20
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Well that sounds pretty tempting, but I don't plan to spend too much money on this machine since it's a little old and it only would be use for movies, youtube, browsing, etc.
Then a HD5450 up to a HD5670 (or HD6450 - HD6550) would be absolutely perfect. The only reason to go with the slightly more powerful HTPC cards would be because they DO handle full 1080p decoding and better audio codecs. So it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a slightly stronger card. Nothing is NEEDED over what I've listed on the high end though for your uses.

An HD5450 would "do the trick", but you will be losing some hardware decoding capabilities. That's all.
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Out of interest how far away is your main machine?
Is like 20 or 25 feet.

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Then a HD5450 up to a HD5670 (or HD6450 - HD6550) would be absolutely perfect. The only reason to go with the slightly more powerful HTPC cards would be because they DO handle full 1080p decoding and better audio codecs. So it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a slightly stronger card. Nothing is NEEDED over what I've listed on the high end though for your uses.

An HD5450 would "do the trick", but you will be losing some hardware decoding capabilities. That's all.
but that card would do fine for my necessities or should I go a little bit higher for better codecs
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Is like 20 or 25 feet.


but that card would do fine for my necessities or should I go a little bit higher for better codecs
If you want full 7.1 surround sound, and full 1080p hardware decoding to be offloaded from the GPU (instead of the CPU), then you'll want a slightly higher end card (nothing like a "gaming" card, still a low end is fine). If you just want basic use, and proper playback of MOST things just fine (and 5.1 audio), then go for a 5450 or 6450.
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post #17 of 20
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Well that sounds pretty tempting I will need to decide tomorrow which gpu to go for if the hd5450 or the hd5670? Also I will need to get a HDD so probably I will go with the HD 5450.
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Thank you guys for all the helping, today i am going to pick up probably the hd 5450 if i don't change my mind. how do i give rep to pionner is loud ?
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Thank you guys for all the helping, today i am going to pick up probably the hd 5450 if i don't change my mind. how do i give rep to pionner is loud ?
You don't.

Glad to see you'll be making progress. I love tiny little HTPC builds.
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post #20 of 20
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So I finally put everything together and works excellent. I chose the HD 5450 for my necessities this card works great thank you guys for your help.
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