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I currently use my main rig for watching movies using a 50ft hdmi cable. I would like to build a cheap HTPC that I can put in my entertainment center. All I want to be able to use it for is to watch all my blurays and my 3d bluray backups. I'm hoping I can use a CPU with integrated gpu so I don't have buy a separate gpu. I already have a HDD and blu ray drive.
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I currently use my main rig for watching movies using a 50ft hdmi cable. I would like to build a cheap HTPC that I can put in my entertainment center. All I want to be able to use it for is to watch all my blurays and my 3d bluray backups. I'm hoping I can use a CPU with integrated gpu so I don't have buy a separate gpu. I already have a HDD and blu ray drive.

Okay, chances are, you'd need an APU for decent enough graphics. Choose one of these builds

Constant parts
Case - Cooler Master Elite 110 - Ultra small, seen it for around 50 in most places.
RAM - 2 or 4GB DDR3, a brand is up to you.
PSU - Seasonic G-360. Low wattage and 80 plus gold, so its really efficient.

Brazos -
CPU/Mobo - ASRock E350 M1
This is good, but it won't play Blu-Ray 3D.
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Failed Tests
1080p60 60 fps L5.1 H.264
- L5.1 H.264 (16 reference frames)
- FLAC, ASS Subs - High CPU Utilization
- HD Real Media
- Deinterlacing

Numerically, Brazos actually falls behind ION. Allow me to explain why. Our Media Streaming suite tests virtually everything you might throw at a HTPC. When it comes to the most commonly found content, Brazos excels. It can handle Blu-ray discs (although there’s no Blu-ray 3D support), it can deal with 1080p x264s commonly found online and it even accelerates Flash video (more on this later). Brazos’ UVD3 however is tied to clock speed, and the GPU clock of the Radeon HD 6310 is pretty low at 500MHz. As a result, Brazos fails certain tests. The platform is incapable of accelerating and playing back 1080p60 H.264 video. Very little content falls into this category, however if you want to play it you can’t on Brazos. The good news is 1080i60 works just fine.

Brazos’ GPU also fails all of our deinterlacing tests, something we noticed in reviews of AMD’s entry level GPUs. The higher end models don’t have an issue here but the lesser equipped models do. Again, chances are that you won’t want to watch interlaced content on your Brazos HTPC so this is likely not a big issue.

Trinity
CPU - AMD A4-5300
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-Wi-Fi.

A bit better, but a lot more expensive, tell me what you think of these 2.
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Ganesh recently posted a thorough, excellent HTPC perspective on the A10-5800K. If you are thinking about building an HTPC, it's a must read. I've been able to spend some time with both the A10-5800K and the A4-5300 in HTPC systems, and have been thoroughly pleased with both in the HTPC usage scenario. The lowly A4-5300 is capable of smooth Blu-ray playback, both locally and via NAS, as well as full 1080p HD streaming playback in both Flash and Silverlight. Ganesh noted that the Trinity APUs lack hardware decoding for 10-bit H.264, an increasingly popular format. While the A10-5800K cuts through these files with no problem via software solutions, the A4-5300 can occasionally bog down with it if you are taxing the system with other tasks (I frequently browse the web on a secondary monitor while watching movies—10-bit H.264 + Flash = not good on an A4). That said, all of the quad-core Trinity APUs can handle this admittedly specific niche usage scenario with aplomb.
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I like the 2nd cpu. I just want to be able to play 3D bluray backups with no problems.
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I like the 2nd cpu. I just want to be able to play 3D bluray backups with no problems.

Chances are it will play, maybe not in 3D mode but it will play. Compression may be needed.
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What is your budget for the build?

I would suggest grabbing either a core i3 Haswell chip and a mini itx board like the core i3-4130 and the ga-h87n wifi and the cooler master elite 110 120 or 130 case.

I am currently using a core i5-4670k asrock z87e-itx and the 130 case but I use mine for gaming and bluray playback as well with a discrete card.
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I would like to stay at around $200. I already have a PSU, and I also have a GT 610 GPU. I have backed up all my 3D blu rays, blu rays, HD DVD, and DVD's to a couple hdd. All I want to do is be able to play all of them without any problems. Thanks again for the help
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Well if you already have a HDD and video card then I would definitely go with a haswell core i-3 build for under 200 bucks.....

Do a Google search for Assassins HTPC Guide. That should be a good place to start.
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