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I created a wishlist for my future HTPC.

-AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz
-GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI
-Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2-800 DHX
-Western Digital 500GB WD5000AAKS
-LG Super-Multi Blue (Plays Blu-Ray and HD-DVD)
-Lian-Li PC-V1000BPLUSII W case
-Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit
-DD MC-TDX AM2
-DD CPX-1 (Reused)
-Black Ice Pro (Reused)
-Primochill PC Pure Blood Red
-550W PSU (Reused)
-D-Link Xtreme-N PCI-e Wireless Adapter
-Logitech diNovo Edge or diNovo Mini (If I have some money left)
-Sonex Noise Insulation (If I have some money left)
-Silverstone SST-FP54-B VFD Display (If I have some money left)

The name will be, Dark Reign and the colors are black and red. Probably adding some red LEDs here and there.

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EDIT: This is the new wishlist. I'm also getting a new 42" 1080p television for the build.

No more watercooling :'(

New name is Dark Elegance.
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I went with a Conroe-L 420 in my newest HTPC build- My CPU usage is at about 3% while decoding HD video with my HD3450.
    
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Unless you plan on playing games on your HTPC, that 9600 is overkill. a cheap ATI HD3450 would do nicely just for a video playback machine and very limited gaming.
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Unless you plan on playing games on your HTPC, that 9600 is overkill. a cheap ATI HD3450 would do nicely just for a video playback machine and very limited gaming.
I'm sticking to nVIDIA for this build. I plan to play some games and that 9600GT I chose is one of the only nVIDIA cards that I can find that has HDMI.
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I'm sticking to nVIDIA for this build. I plan to play some games and that 9600GT I chose is one of the only nVIDIA cards that I can find that has HDMI.
Why would you stick with NVIDIA when ATI is cheaper and better for HTPCs?
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Well... Eh... I could use ATI for this build. Don't really know much about ATI though.

EDIT: How about the HIS Radeon HD3850?
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Well... Eh... I could use ATI for this build. Don't really know much about ATI though.
Install ATI card, install drivers, enjoy.

If this is a new build, you would be able save a lot of money by going AMD + 780G.
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I'll think about doing AMD for the processor. BTW, I'm wondering how does the GPU receive the audio? Do you disable the mobo's audio driver and use ATI's?
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Originally Posted by dM@n View Post
Well... Eh... I could use ATI for this build. Don't really know much about ATI though.

EDIT: How about the HIS Radeon HD3850?
For a HTPC, the 3850 is inappropriate. It uses more energy, requires more cooling, and most of its power will be unused. A 3450 or 3470 is all you need for any HD media.

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I'll think about doing AMD for the processor. BTW, I'm wondering how does the GPU receive the audio? Do you disable the mobo's audio driver and use ATI's?
For the 780G, the audio is passed to the HDMI port. However, the 780G can only pass 2.1 audio. The discrete video cards need either a wire attached to it from the motherboard or sometimes can be passed over the PCIe. Not sure about what output is provided.
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I like the HD3850 because there are times when I'll probably game.
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