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Hello guys! I am vernturing into the HTPC scene, as I just finished a home theater room. I have just been streaming to my PS3, but Cinavia blocks most of my movies, including even the BluRays I have ripped to my drives that I own. That is why I wanted to get into an HTPC, so I could watch anything, and everything, and eventually get rid of the cable box.

From what I have been reading, I dont need anything super spectacular hardware wise in order to have a good solid machine. I was thinking i3 or so, or an AMD equivelant.

So- AMD or Intel? And why?

Motherboards: I would assume anything would work since I am not doing any OCing and the case I bought (Silverstone GD05) doesnt have USB3.0.


As far as the GPU-I am wanting something that if I wanted to, i could play some basic games, but i have a beast of a gaming machine already, so i highly doubt that would ever happen. My main concern, is being able to produce the 5.1 sound for my home theater setup. That is a very big deal to me.I was looking at a GTS450, or even a newer 640. But, not quite sure what I need to look for.

As far as storage, I have a dedicated NAS for all of my media, so I am thinking just a 128gb SSD should be fine, and a 1tb Samsung drive that I already have, for the DVR drive when I get a DVR tuner card.

I will mainly be watching 1080/720p MKV's....and some streaming from netflix/etc.


I appreciate the time, the effort, and the help. I will gladly rep anyone who helps me out!
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For low res/setting gaming i'd look at the higher end Trinity APU and keep it all onboard graphics - undervolt if u wish cheers.gif Pass HDMI out via mobo as the HD 7xxx is good to go with DTS-HD/Dolby True HD mated with a compatible AVR

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For low res/setting gaming i'd look at the higher end Trinity APU and keep it all onboard graphics - undervolt if u wish cheers.gif Pass HDMI out via mobo as the HD 7xxx is good to go with DTS-HD/Dolby True HD mated with a compatible AVR

as an HTPC and light gamer those things are wickied. 65watts. if you ever want higher res gaming either (~1080p) turn on the dual graphics
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I just picked up an i5-2400s for cheap, so now I need a board, RAM, and bluray drive. I may add a GPU later on, but now its time to start figuring out software.
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I just picked up an i5-2400s for cheap, so now I need a board, RAM, and bluray drive. I may add a GPU later on, but now its time to start figuring out software.

netflix or no? if not then linux. judging by your avatar you have some knowledge, what distro do you run?
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You said you want light gaming, so I would assume you would be leaning Windows. If so, I'd check out Windows Media Center as its dvr feature is pretty spot on. Also make sure you pick up a tv card that you can capture more than one stream on.

If by light gaming you meant not too much at all, I'd check out XMBC.
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quote name="jrl1357" url="/t/1326193/new-to-htpc-lots-of-build-questions/0_100#post_18597718"]
netflix or no? if not then linux. judging by your avatar you have some knowledge, what distro do you run?[/quote]

I don't run Linux. I just love Tux.

I will be using Netflix as well.

As far as Media Center, do you mean going back to the old MC? Or using something more current? Didn't realize it was still used anywhere
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