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I've never built an HTPC before and I'm only just getting started researching them. Ideally, I'd want to be able to play non-compressed blu ray if that's possible.

Would the onboard video on a board such as this be adequate enough for that?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283

Would I need a dedicated video card, if so, which is a good reccomendation?
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That mobo's onboard video is ATI Radeon HD 4250 which will work. However, if you need HD audio bitstreaming, it is not capable of doing it.

Personally, I use an intel i3 2100 and an H67 board, but you can also use the Pentium G620, these have been playing my 1080p mkv rips very well.

If you decide for dedicated video card, the 5450/6450 are good choices for purely HTPC purposes.
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Very informative, thank you.

What about using a sound card with the onboard video? I'd also want to be able to play FLAC music through this and I would want a dedicated sound card.
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Do you already have a CPU? What kind of receiver do you have?
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I have nothing right now. I was thinking of getting the Athlon II X2 250. We don't have any kind of home theater system right now, but it's all in the works. Will probably have an Onkyo Integra receiver.
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IMO, AMD Llano IGPU is very capable. If you went with Llano you don't need discreet video card for Bluray playback.
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post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the recommendation. I've never seen something like that before.
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