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Hey guys,

I've been considering a HTPC for awhile now, i had a decent setup before i moved, but no longer. Miss my media. Anyways. I was wondering about the new FM1 boards and chips, i've read some pretty interesting things about the 3850, It is good for graphics which is what i'm looking for when it comes to a home theater. I'm wondering what the best model of processor would be, and motherboard with decent overclocking capabilities, while maintaining a somewhat mediocre budget, about 700 dollars, perhaps more, perhaps less.

And hard drives are expensive...
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I would wait a bit cause FM1 is out the door and FM2 in on its way. That might make the buying a bit easier. Worst case, pick up some used stuff and make one. You dont have to have new stuff to have a good system. If you want AMD, then an AM2 chip with a 4870 and mobo/ram could be had for under $200 and would about kill the APU in power.
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Here's a nice Llano setup put together by Dad2David in another thread:


Case : Silverstone ML03 - $59.99
APU: A4-3300 2.5 Ghz - $59.99
MoBo: ECS A75F-M2 FMI Socket - $49.99
PSU: Cooler Master GX 450W - $25.99
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) - $19.99 (check MoBo compatibility on ECS site)
ODD: LG CD/DVD Burner - $16.99
OS: Win 7 Home Premium - $99.99 (Now it is $79.99 on sale on Newegg)

Total Cost (all inclusive): $310

http://www.overclock.net/t/1171500/help-low-budget-htpc-build-suggestions

I would have went with this setup over mine (see sig), although mine works almost perfectly. The only hiccup with mine is that when you first start media center, it takes about 15 to 20 seconds for the cpu to catch up. It runs 24/7 sp this isn't really an issue, but if I had it to do over again I think I'd go with the above.

I personally would consider the 3850 to be overkill for a HTPC. Of course I'm apparently old fashioned in that I believe the "Theater" in of HTPC is the most important part, and a tuner card is almost required to complete it. So to me, any CPU power beyond what is needed to play a blu-ray while recording at least 8 tuners in HD is wasted.

I've found through reading threads in the HTPC section that what most have built is more of a gaming rig and they simply use their TV as a monitor.
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Here is a quick breakdown on the cost of my Llano server/torrent rig which has been going 24/7 rock solid...

AMD A8-3850 - $140
Asus F1A75M- Pro - $110
G.Skill Eco ram - $80
Asus EAH6570 - $80
Silverstone ST50-P - $50
WD Green 2tb - $80 (not anymore though)
OCZ Vertex 2 60gb - $100
Noctua NH-D14 - $70
Silverstone TJ08-E - $90

Total $800

You can omit things like no video card and no SSD and stock heat sink to bring the cost down without sacrificing much.
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