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post #11 of 19
It only matters when the resolution is very high. But for a TV, 256 is much more than enough. DDR2 is so slow you won't be able to even use half of that memory anyway on the graphic card. But DDR3 would perform much better. I used to have a 6600GT with 128 DDR3 and my brother has a 6600GT with 512mb of DDR. I get ~75000 Aquamarks vs his ~25000 Aquamarks on the same system.
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Blu-ray is coming, just a bit later for budget reasons
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Interesting suggestion for the AMD. Got any suggestions on a micro atx mobo cheaper than $69? And a recommended processor for under $119? These are the prices I have for those components, with the additional $85 for the graphics card.

I actually cannot play back HD content (a 23gig file) with an AMD 3200+ with a x800pro 256m ATI card. But I can with a better system, I tried. Im not sure onboard video can handle that.
Alrighty, here's what I've found for you:
$89.99Gigabyte 780g motherboard (MicroATX)
$69.99 Athlon X2 BE 2350 (45w CPU)
RAM of choice
Use onboard graphics (ATI HD 3200).

And yes, the onboard video with the 780g will handle ANY high definition content you can throw at it. It is absolutely THE BEST HTPC platform you can get (can be argued of course). I'm not saying this because I'm an ATI / AMD fanboy...because I'm not. Core 2 Duo is a great platform. But AMD / ATI has the best out there for HTPC use. If I were to build a new gaming rig, I'd go C2D, Nvidia all the way. But HTPC use, what I suggested above is absolutely THE BEST bang per buck you're going to get.

It also supports hybrid Crossfire, so you can add another ATI video card in the future for Crossfire if you wanted to game on it.

And I'm also suggesting this because 99% of the more common HTPC's I see built, are actually underclocked and undervolted Athlon X2's. Because of the fact that HTPC use, does NOT require a heavy CPU. It just requires a good GPU that can play HD content (such as the onboard HD 3200).

You will be very pleased with this build, and it will save you over $100 off your original build plans. And also, the HD 3200 can also game decently. Don't expect all high on Crysis, but I'm sure it can game pretty darn well (better than the 8600GT you had configured already, I'm 100% sure on that).
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Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
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Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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post #15 of 19
pioneerisloud is correct. The 780g is an amazing chipset. And that Gigabyte board has all of your video needs with VGA/DVI/HDMI all on the board along with optical and analog audio the only additional thing you could possibly want is the coax audio.
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Super interesting suggestion! This kind of changes things though- I was going for the M40 because it offers the space for a full graphics card. If I dont need one, then I can go for a much more compact case, correct?

To entertain this, anyone have any suggestions for a great compact htpc case?

Thanks!
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post #17 of 19
780G won't be a good choice in case if he plans to game.

A 8600GT with GDDR3 or a HD3650 would work for a video card.
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Im actually kind of torn on the gaming thing. I have another beefy machine that I primarily use for gaming, but to build a machine without it seems kind of.... wrong
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You've gotta get over it =) Hang in there!
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