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post #1 of 15
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Looking to build a HTPC. Just looking to see if this board and CPU will do the trick. Want to play 1080p on my 50".
How much ram will I need as well?
Thanks.
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_64&item_id=058360
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_1156&item_id=054733

 
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post #2 of 15
Well I would assume those would work fine, my old C2D 2.1ghz cpu could do 720p easily but struggled with 1080P, since those things are faster I would guess it would be fine especially if your media player you will be using has some way of gpu off loading. I know if you use VLC it does not like mpeg and wmv files at all.

And if your using linux then that would be something to ask someone else as I never have used linux except for in VM and on my laptop for a short time to mess around.
Edited by terraprime - 5/14/13 at 7:07pm
 
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post #3 of 15
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My main concern is that it run XBMC without any problems.
 
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Is that xbox? If so only thing that matters for that should be what format the media is container wise and codec as the 360 is very picky if you didnt already know.
 
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post #5 of 15
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Throw me a bone here guys. Anyone else?
Any input on the ram?
 
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post #6 of 15
im in the same boat here also wanting to watch 1080P and 3d stuff on my tv and not sure what to get for it
I should game.
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I should game.
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post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Thumb View Post

Throw me a bone here guys. Anyone else?
Any input on the ram?

I ran 1080p with 2 gigs of ram...

I'd say 4 gigs is more than enough though. Esp if you are running linux based XMBC

Look for some 1.35v low profile ram thumb.gif

EDIT: As for the A4 you picked out, it will run 3D Bluray fine but if you are looking to future proof for 4k you will hit a wall
Edited by Crim427 - 5/15/13 at 10:43am
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post #8 of 15
That combo will play anything,
4gig is plenty,
if you can get some crucial ballistix, , they seem to be the cheapest and descent 1866 .at the moment , .if not any pair of 1600 will be fine.
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post #9 of 15
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Thanks for chiming in guys.thumb.gif
 
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post #10 of 15
I would spend the extra money for at least an A6 or even an A8. I would worry about playing 3D on the A4. But just regular 1080P should be fine. Also I would recommend 4 gigs of ram. 1600+
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