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Hi all.

A little background info:

I have decided I will be no longer playing PC games. The reason for this is computing is taking up too much of my time and social life. I have also progressed into my career and what to channel my efforts towards that, starting the gym and seeing friends more etc.

Now, I think I want a HTPC. The reason being I can have it situated up on a shelf near my big TV, out of the way with little or no temptation to play any games.

Now I want to completely get rid of my current PC (sig) and use the cash towards it.

I have chosen the idea of a HTPC because its will be centralised unit for all of my movies, tv shows, music and it will still have the ability to download torrents and the like if needed.

This will be perfect for me to just chill to when at home relaxing or with my gf.

Is this the best option I have available for my needs?

I will be spending the next week looking at what parts are available and start to rig up my build and sell off what I have currently.
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So, I'm not entirely clear on what it is that you're wanting out of this. So you're selling your sig rig for totally justifiable reasons, and want an HTPC so then you can still be awesome and nerdy, but not game? (which is fine BTW smile.gif).

If you're wanting one box to use for all your media, then an HTPC sounds perfect for your needs. As far as a build for one.. it can be almost anything to be honest. A low end video card and almost any processor apart from bobcat or atom style chips and you'll be ok for playing HD video. Other than that, the only consideration that you'll need to think about in terms of horsepower, is if you want to have your movies encoded/compressed to take up less space. Doing that quickly takes some CPU.

I'd say a low /mid range AMD APU would be perfect for an HTPC build.

I also quite like XBMC for my HTPC, which is on basically any OS, so you are free to make the rest of the build any way you want smile.gif.

Good luck smile.gif.
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I was pretty much on the fence about building one too. I ended up doing it and suffice to say. Its easily the most used computer in my house. My wife absoulutly loves it. I personally think it comes down to setting it up correctly. I really only use XBMC, Netflicks and chrome. It was well worth my money.

A few months later I dropped in a 7850 and wireless xbox controller. I game on it now too. Well worth every dime. Check my build log in my sig. You can do it for very cheap with a good APU.

Edit: Like the above poster said. You can do this on a rasberry PI, or scale all the way up to a baller setup with a Titan. It's really up to you.
    
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So, I'm not entirely clear on what it is that you're wanting out of this. So you're selling your sig rig for totally justifiable reasons, and want an HTPC so then you can still be awesome and nerdy, but not game? (which is fine BTW smile.gif).

If you're wanting one box to use for all your media, then an HTPC sounds perfect for your needs. As far as a build for one.. it can be almost anything to be honest. A low end video card and almost any processor apart from bobcat or atom style chips and you'll be ok for playing HD video. Other than that, the only consideration that you'll need to think about in terms of horsepower, is if you want to have your movies encoded/compressed to take up less space. Doing that quickly takes some CPU.

I'd say a low /mid range AMD APU would be perfect for an HTPC build.

I also quite like XBMC for my HTPC, which is on basically any OS, so you are free to make the rest of the build any way you want smile.gif.

Good luck smile.gif.

Apologies I was a little unclear. But yea that is pretty much it.

What I was meant to say was would my best option be to sell out what I have currently in my sig rig and start afresh or salvage parts?

Its gonna be wierd playing BF4 from my bed lol. bb k/d
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