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I am looking to build a new HTPC using a GA-Z77N-WIFI motherboard. Does anybody have any recommendations for something that will run XBMC without any issues? I will be running XBMC and will most likely purchase 2x8GB sticks of memory (but perhaps this is overkill?). Also, I am not entirely sure when this will happen but when I purchase a new video card I will put my GTX 480 into the HTPC. Again, not sure if this is complete overkill. Until that happens, perhaps I should purchase a cheaper video card for the HTPC, or even expect the CPU to render the videos on it's own?

Any suggestions?
Thanks,
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post #2 of 12

i3/5/7 with hd4000 will play 720-1080p  HD just fine, no need for the 480 to be in there being all hot .

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post #3 of 12
If your not gaming on it, the 480 will just be a waste.

An i3 would be more than enough for 1080p video.

If you can get 2x8GB cheap go for it otherwise stick with 2x4GB thumb.gif
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post #4 of 12
something like the i3-3225 will be just fine.
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post #5 of 12
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Thanks,
Will there be any big improvements going with i7 over i3?
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post #6 of 12

no not really, becuase its using the GPU on the i3 to do all of the decoding of the video, cpu gets used very little.

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post #7 of 12
im able to play ANY movie/blueray rips etc on an 1156 i5 750 w/gts450 and play most controller based steam games with ease
hell my bedroom xbmc box is an old athlon am2 fx62 2gb ram and a gt520. via (openelec)

i think your more then fine.
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Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post

I am looking to build a new HTPC using a GA-Z77N-WIFI motherboard. Does anybody have any recommendations for something that will run XBMC without any issues? I will be running XBMC and will most likely purchase 2x8GB sticks of memory (but perhaps this is overkill?). Also, I am not entirely sure when this will happen but when I purchase a new video card I will put my GTX 480 into the HTPC. Again, not sure if this is complete overkill. Until that happens, perhaps I should purchase a cheaper video card for the HTPC, or even expect the CPU to render the videos on it's own?

Any suggestions?
Thanks,

hmm.. check out my media PC... seem familiar!?

Very much overkill but I used to play games on it and I've silenced the 480 otherwise it would be unbearably loud. You don't need more than an i3, probably even a pentium with an ok GPU if just for video (or use the iGPU) but there are reported issues with 23.967fps playback (blu-ray 24Hz) with the iGPU.

16GB definitely overkill for a media PC but if cheap enough then why not. 2GB is more than enough to be honest if you run a lightweight operating system
 
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My media pc runs XBMC on an Intel socket 775 E5200 and 8GB DDR2 ram and an nvidia 9500 GT with no issues. In addition it also runs ZFS, Jails, Samba, Sickbeard, SabNZB.
post #10 of 12
Might as well go for an i5 if you are going to do any gaming on it. I have an i5 w/ a 7870 and haven't found anything it cant play.
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