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So my family has asked me to build a HTPC for all of us so we don't have to keep using the ps3 for blu rays then bring my computer down for my movies ect ect, I need to keep this as cheap as possible, my needs are

1080p playback,
Able to push 5:1 surround sound
Over 1.5TB storage
Blu-Ray drive
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post #2 of 7
Urm...

H61 mATX Board with i3 2100/i5 2500
Use integrated graphics

Any mATX case, some come with 300W PSUs which are enough for this.

You might want a sound card, Xonar DX will be great.

C300/M4 64Gb for boot (not impt)

WD Black 1Tb Raid 0 x2 OR WD Green 2Tb

LG Blu-ray drive.
    
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AMD Llano is better than Sandy Bridge when it comes to HTPC, unless you pair HD6450 with Sandy Bridge (especially in Bluray playback).

Grab AMD A4-3400 and A75 mATX motherboard. No need for SSD in HTPC. Get Samsung Spinpoint F3 as your HDD. Might want to add Xonar DX/D1 in there as well.
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post #4 of 7
Why do you people sound cards for HTPCs??? He wants surround sound. He will be sending unmolested audio to some type of receiver via s/pdif or HDMI.
I vote for llano
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post #5 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post
AMD Llano is better than Sandy Bridge when it comes to HTPC, unless you pair HD6450 with Sandy Bridge (especially in Bluray playback).

Grab AMD A4-3400 and A75 mATX motherboard. No need for SSD in HTPC. Get Samsung Spinpoint F3 as your HDD. Might want to add Xonar DX/D1 in there as well.
What makes it better. Sandy can handle blu ray just fine. If your talking about 23.976 none of them do it perfect. And know need for a sound card you can get full lossless hd audio over hdmi. Also you dont need an i3 the pentiums are great. Unless you want to do 3d.
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What makes it better. Sandy can handle blu ray just fine. If your talking about 23.976 none of them do it perfect. And know need for a sound card you can get full lossless hd audio over hdmi. Also you dont need an i3 the pentiums are great. Unless you want to do 3d.
A friend of my use G620 in his HTPC and reported Bluray playback choppy at 1080p (not 720p). G620 uses Intel HD Graphics. SB Core series uses Intel HD Graphics 2000, which is better.
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post #7 of 7
if you are asking for a cheap build then buy used!
find a old mico ata mobo like a socket 775, look for hdmi on it or just get a cheap video card. you can get a cheap duo core cpu and 4gb memory.
theres no need to go sandybridge for a htpc or a sound card.

this is what ive been using for over a year work great and looks great too.
http://www.overclock.net/htpc/798716...pc-w-pics.html
Edited by valtopps - 10/30/11 at 11:26pm
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