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Just go with what Coma and Duckie are saying. They got it right. You don't need overkill for a HTPC. Why spend considerably more if you don't have to?

Coma and Duckie FTW!
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Just go with what Coma and Duckie are saying. They got it right. You don't need overkill for a HTPC. Why spend considerably more if you don't have to?

Coma and Duckie FTW!
Not only that.... more powerful components -> more power consumption + more heat + more noise. All are really not needed in a 24/7 system in a living room.
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Not only that.... more powerful components -> more power consumption + more heat + more noise. All are really not needed in a 24/7 system in a living room.
Exactly.... I can't imagine why someone would really want to pay more for their electricity than what they already pay. It is one of those things I find ironic that people never think about. But, it is to the day and age that one should be very energy conscious for themselves and others.
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Ahhhh.... OVVVVVVVVVVVVERKIIIIIIIIIIIIIILL!!111!!


A HD3450 is more than enough to decode Blu-Ray with a 1.4GHZ or more dual-core. You can get one for $25 AR on NewEgg.

If this is a new build, get a 780G motherboard with onboard HD3200 and a cheap 45w X2. They'll be less than $130 combined. At full load, those two components will consume something like 65w. I'm running a 780G with a 65w X2 and HSF is never above 700RPM (effectively silent). With a 45w CPU, you can almost go passive.
You're the man duckie.
I researched the 780g chipset and they seem like very capable boards.
It will come down between ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128335

Asus vs. Gigabyte.

Also I'm not fimiliar with AMD processors.
What's a good $30-50 cpu?
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You're the man duckie.
I researched the 780g chipset and they seem like very capable boards.
It will come down between ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128335

Asus vs. Gigabyte.

Also I'm not fimiliar with AMD processors.
What's a good $30-50 cpu?
Do you need a ATX mobo?

If so, why not the cheaper $65 ECS 780G: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

ANY AMD X2 will do the job fine. Here's a X2 4400+ for $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103775


Don't forget to use MS Live Search before making your purchase on Newegg. You can get an additional 2-5% off.
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I would use a newer ATI card with HDMI out, but I don't think it's 100% required.
    
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I would use a newer ATI card with HDMI out, but I don't think it's 100% required.

THE 780G HAS HDMI!
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THE 780G HAS HDMI!
oM FG CRUISE CONTROL!!1!
    
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Do you need a ATX mobo?

If so, why not the cheaper $65 ECS 780G: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

ANY AMD X2 will do the job fine. Here's a X2 4400+ for $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103775


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Unless you know something I don't, ECS is not a brand I'm fimiliar with.
I think I'd feel better trusting a Gigabyte or Asus board. How is ECS?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163110
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Hi there,

I'm working on putting together a low-cost blu-ray media PC as well, and stumbled across this thread. Thanks a lot for all the information, this has really helped me a lot already.

I wanted to ask what sort of cooling fan a 45W X2 would need, or if it could squeak by with a heat sink. Trying to keep noise down, of course, although the case fans might make enough that a low-DB cpu fan wouldn't make much difference.

My current config is below (using a 270W power supply -- could I go lower?) if anyone has any comments or warnings!

Thanks again,

Bako
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A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K
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1 ENERMAX EG285S-VB 24P 270W SFX12V Power Supply
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1 AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH4850IAA5DO
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1 GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
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1 LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray DVD ROM SATA Model DH-4O1S-08
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1 nMEDIAPC Silver Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000S Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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