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hello Friends,
[*] Sapphire 3450 (in Hybrid Crossfire with the mobo iGPU)
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I've read through all of the HTPC guides and threads, and while they give a lot of info on recommended software and hardware, I'm still confused on some things. My questions:
  1. Is HTPC software installed in an OS, or is it essentially the OS. I.e., Do I log into Windows and then open up software such as XBMC or XBMCbuntu, or does it boot straight into those programs?
  2. I have an external HDD full of rips. After I install the HTPC software, how do I get the software to recognize my rips? Can I just put it on the 500GB HDD that I'm going to be building it with?
  3. Will an SSD make a difference? I don't have any SSDs laying around to test with the HTPC, but I'm willing to go out and buy one if it helps.
  4. If an SSD WILL help, can I get away with having a small one (less than 40GB)?
I have other questions too, but they're more to do with (1) sound cards and (2) making my HTPC available wirelessly, so I'll save those questions for another thread.

I have been rocking a 3450 for a while now, no issues (windows 7).
Since you are using an AMD GPU you will want to stick with windows 7 WITH (in no order) WMC w/ Media Browser, Media-Portal (my favorite), or XBMC.
You can either set up shares from a desktop/server or stick the drive on the htpc...either way is easy and you won't notice a difference.
Yes a SSD will help. Other than boot times it makes browsing your collection ALOT more seemless slightly choppy to smooth as butter (at least in my case with over 750 movies and 70 tv series). You can easily use a 32GB SSD on windows 7 x64.
1- What is your audio setup? TV speakers, receiver, computer speakers? Whichever way no a soundcard won't help you. (2) If you are using WIFI I highly suggest having all media stored on the HTPC and not streamed from another machine.[/quote]
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You can just create a shortcut of xbmc in the startup folder. i have done the same, so when W7 starts, XBMC start automatically thumb.gif
 
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Indeed,and just as a side note if your looking for more gpu power,and it's feasible (xfire) the 5450 is an excellent htpc card for cheap.GL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102882


^Agreed.  I have this card in my HTPC/file server and I love it.

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Thanks for the advice guys! I'm gonna put it together soon and I'll let ya'll know if I run into any problems.
 
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