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Okay before anyone makes fun of me, I know that I need all the important components ie CPU, MOBO, PSU, etc. What I'm asking is for the minimum requirements for a HTPC to be able to function optimally, as in no stuttering in Blu-Ray playback. To start off, I want to know how many cores would a HTPC need for its processor, how much ram should I get, and if a sound card is needed.

Thank you guys!
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AMD Llano is a perfect choice for HTPC. What kind of budget are you looking at? Maybe I can build you a list of components.

Bluray? TV tuner? Video capture card?
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The Antec EA380 Earthwatts or Neo ECO 400,power supplies, whichever is on sale.
Sound is a matter of what you want, Realtech 892 is ok, 889 is better ( best chip found on a motherboard, I believe). the Asus sound cards get a lot of raves starting with the 5.1 DG, how much do you want to spend.
There are four schools of thought concerning HTPC.
The AMD E-350 is a low power dual core improved atom. Does alright to a point
AMD A-series some like the dual core low end 3300/3400 and some insist on the 3650 or 3850 quad cores. Excellent perhaps too much graphics power at the cost of CPU power.
The A75 motherboards seem to be the weapon of choice, the A55 is less without costing much less.
An A75 mb and either dual or quad chips have lots of happy converts.
The Intel club feels that enjoying Sandy Bridge CPU power is the answer, in four variations , H61 motherboard/ G620 Pentium chip ( use on chip graphics or add video card), same with I3 2100 or 2105 (HD2000 or HD3000 graphics).
Or use H67 motherboard instead of H61.

My personal favorite would be an H67 motherboard with one of the SB chips just because you are tying an Operating system to the motherboard.
The AMD 3850 is a convincing arguement except crossfire and scaling are not yet refined. Probably won't matter in an HTPC rig.

Dark horse would be AMD Athlon II X2 255 dual core on 880 motherboard with GT430/440 or HD 5570 OR 5670 VIDEO CARD.

4 GB 1333 Value Ram is considered fine, most people use 8 GB anyway.

Case depends on desired appearance and built in or add on remote control.Smaller generally costs more.
post #4 of 13
Amd Athlon II x2 (with a gpu) OR low end intel 775 (with gpu)
Llano (using igpu) any of them
SB (using igpu) g620 is nice.
zacate (e350) if you want to fail.
Most of my rigs are athlon II x2 w/ a 4350/5450, but as i replace or build new I go llano (amd fanboy).
My recomendations are for no gaming. If you plan to run linux go with the cheapest dual core and add a nvidia gpu.
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My budget is going to be between 500-800 dollars. I'm planning to build it for my parents as a web/htpc. More than likely, I'm going to try to have it connected to both a monitor and the tv they're using in their room and hopefully a decent sound bar and sub in the future (My parents are content with simpler things =( ). I'm definitely going to get blu-ray on it. As for gaming, probably little to none. Currently I have a spare Xonar DG and HD 5670 (feels like it'll be overkill =( ) that I want to put in it so I'm assuming older generation CPU's should be fine. And finally, I'll probably buy used computer parts to save some money.

No TV tuner or video capture. Just needs to be able to play dvds and blu ray from abroad.

Thank you guys for responding.
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I think something along the lines of a AMD X4 955 quad core at 3.2ghz would be sufficient here. You could chuck on a 212+ cpu cooler and clock it to 4ghz, throw in 4GB ddr3 ram, a cheapish SSD and a gts 450 for gpu.

I reckon that would be good enough?
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Originally Posted by $ilent;15348365 
I think something along the lines of a AMD X4 955 quad core at 3.2ghz would be sufficient here. You could chuck on a 212+ cpu cooler and clock it to 4ghz, throw in 4GB ddr3 ram, a cheapish SSD and a gts 450 for gpu.

I reckon that would be good enough?

Wouldnt the 5670 I have be sufficient for bluray playback on 1080p?
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Originally Posted by Manischewitz;15348234 
My budget is going to be between 500-800 dollars. I'm planning to build it for my parents as a web/htpc. More than likely, I'm going to try to have it connected to both a monitor and the tv they're using in their room and hopefully a decent sound bar and sub in the future (My parents are content with simpler things =( ). I'm definitely going to get blu-ray on it. As for gaming, probably little to none. Currently I have a spare Xonar DG and HD 5670 (feels like it'll be overkill =( ) that I want to put in it so I'm assuming older generation CPU's should be fine. And finally, I'll probably buy used computer parts to save some money.

No TV tuner or video capture. Just needs to be able to play dvds and blu ray from abroad.

Thank you guys for responding.

* You can keep that HD5670 or sell it and get HD6450 (runs cooler and passive).

* If planned to have HD6450 or reuse HD5670, get Sandy Bridge Pentium G620 and ASRock H67M (Openbox)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399&Tpk=Pentium%20G620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233R

* Should you decide to sell HD5670 and use IGPU, get AMD A4-3400 and ASRock A75M-HVS (Openbox)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157261R

* Disable on-board sound and install Xonar DG.

* Get this DDR3 kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

* Get this Blu-ray burner.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226

* Optional --> Should you decide to use aftermarket HSF get Hyper 212+/EVO.

And I'll leave HDD, Case, and PSU into your decision. To me the above is very suitable for Blu-ray playback. I personally wouldn't settle anything older for the sake of future proof.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 10/17/11 at 7:16pm
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205;15348459 
* You can keep that HD5670 or sell it and get HD6450 (runs cooler and passive).

* If planned to have HD6450 or reuse HD5670, get Sandy Bridge Pentium G620 and ASRock H67M Openbox
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399&Tpk=Pentium%20G620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233R

* Should you decide to sell HD5670 and use IGPU, get AMD A4-3400 and ASRock A75M-HVS (Openbox)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157261R

* Disable on-board sound and install Xonar DG.

* Get this DDR3 kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

* Get this Blu-ray burner.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226

* Optional --> Should you decide to use aftermarket HSF get Hyper 212+/EVO.

And I'll leave HDD, Case, and PSU into your decision. To me the above is very suitable for Blu-ray playback. I personally wouldn't settle anything older for the sake of future proof.

Thanks as far as Ram and blu ray drives, does it matter which ones I buy? Can I buy whatever DDR3 or bluray drives thats on sale?

And do I need any additional cables or gadgets to to help attach a sound bar to the computer?
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post #10 of 13
Sorry op didnt see you already had a 5670, erm im not sure. Just read quick review on that card and it said its abysmal for gaming, but im not sure whats necessary for just playing blu ray.

I think blu ray would be more down to cpu, than gpu so i would go for it with your card.
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