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I'm looking to put together a low power htpc. I just want to watch netflix, youtube and bluerays.

I don't know a whole lot about small/lowpower options. I figured something an itx mobo is my first step, 4gb or ram,? my big question is intel vs amd? I know flame war begin. intel is going to be more expensive but typically produces less heat, what do you who own htpcs think? is there any advise you can give I would be most appreciative.
     
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Build something you can afford.

My most recent HTPC for my parents:

http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/5739740

This one is my next planned HTPC for myself:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18689989

Really for a standard HTPC it doesn't really matter if it is AMD or Intel as long as it is a fairly recent CPU model. I repurposed an old Dell running on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 without any problems, which I just replaced with the first build above running an AMD A4-3400. The only reason I replaced it was because the Dell was on a BTX board that was practically impossible to upgrade or find replacement parts for.
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go on craigslist and find cheap something, you can even re-purpose broken laptops!

just get creative
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If you are on low budget try to look for used parts .
my suggestion is if you are not comfortable to put together a pc or to buy used parts , you can always buy one of these : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nuc&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Anuc
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Originally Posted by Otitis View Post

Build something you can afford.

My most recent HTPC for my parents:

http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/5739740

This one is my next planned HTPC for myself:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18689989

Really for a standard HTPC it doesn't really matter if it is AMD or Intel as long as it is a fairly recent CPU model. I repurposed an old Dell running on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 without any problems, which I just replaced with the first build above running an AMD A4-3400. The only reason I replaced it was because the Dell was on a BTX board that was practically impossible to upgrade or find replacement parts for.

I see you used Ubuntu for the OS, can you tell me what program you used for playing bluerays with the LG player and what you plan on using for the Asus player?
     
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I see you used Ubuntu for the OS, can you tell me what program you used for playing bluerays with the LG player and what you plan on using for the Asus player?

Usually I can just use VLC player. It forces installation of libaacs and libbluray1 packages that can play about 80-85% of blurays. If I find one that doesn't work I use MakeMKV to rip a temp mkv version that will work through VLC.
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Usually I can just use VLC player. It forces installation of libaacs and libbluray1 packages that can play about 80-85% of blurays. If I find one that doesn't work I use MakeMKV to rip a temp mkv version that will work through VLC.
+rep thanks for the help
     
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Antec kuhler H20 620  2x120mm fans push/pull Win7 Pro 64bit LG 24" 1080p + Dell 23" 1080p 
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GIGABYTE GK-K6800  COOLER MASTER GX 650W COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Tt esports Saphira 
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Antec kuhler H20 620  2x120mm fans push/pull Win7 Pro 64bit LG 24" 1080p + Dell 23" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
GIGABYTE GK-K6800  COOLER MASTER GX 650W COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Tt esports Saphira 
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