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So since the 780g shares memory with ram, does this mean I should get more ram? I was thinking on getting 2 with my new htpc build, but maybe I should up that to 4?

Also, I was looking at the 4850e processor, but I have a little more money to spend (now that Im not getting a discreet video card), and I was thinking perhaps a better processor. Since the 4850e is the fastest on the 45W, the next step would be to 65W, right? What is the real difference in heat, efficiency etc? I dont know much about AMD processors and they seem to have so many kinds. Can anyone recommend a step up or two from the 4850e?

This is all gonna fit in a minuet 350 case (I hope!) if that helps. BTW, is this a good case? Love the look, reviews seem good, PSU seems nice, but I havent found too much literature on it.

Thank you!
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The 780G needs at most 128MB which really isn't much. 64MB should be fine if you are worried about memory usage. The HTPC itself really does not need that much memory. 2GB is plenty for XP and Vista.

You don't need a fast dual-core processor for a strictly HTPC. Any 1.6GHz or more X2 is fine. I am assuming you won't be performing decoding on the HTPC.

Not liking the Minuet 350.... $80-90 for that ugly thing!?
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Blu-ray playing, your gonna want atleast a 4200+ and atleast 256mb memory for 3200 graphics. I would get 4GB, ram is pretty cheap nowadays.
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Blu-ray playing, your gonna want atleast a 4200+ and atleast 256mb memory for 3200 graphics. I would get 4GB, ram is pretty cheap nowadays.
Doesn't the 780G chipset do the Blu-Ray decoding, and not the CPU? or is it just MPEG2 and MPEG4?
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The minuet 350 ugly? No way! Actually its pretty much the size I liked, along with the PSU. Is there another case the same size with a similar PSU that would is better? Not tied to that one, but I did like the look I have to confess
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Blu-ray playing, your gonna want atleast a 4200+ and atleast 256mb memory for 3200 graphics. I would get 4GB, ram is pretty cheap nowadays.
For 1080p BluRay playback, you can use a Sempron 64 3200+. That's a single-core 1.8GHz K8 with only 128KB cache. A X2 3800+ is only used 20% on 1080p BluRay. Basically, ANY dual core CPU will work fine.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...et,1785-3.html

I got this case for my HTPC: http://cgi.ebay.com/SILVER-ALUMINUM-...742.m153.l1262
It comes with a VFD which display movie/music info.
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/12/08 at 2:01pm
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Nah. Like the Antec case more- dont need a VFD, all that shows up on the big screen
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