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post #11 of 29
Do you require the use of a micro atx case? Or do you just want a case with a volume knob and a VFD? Because, there are plenty of cases that are cheap and extremely effective/well built [check out the CM690]. If you dont mind the midtower or mini tower cases, that would open up your options greatly.
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I was sort of hoping to do a HTPC style case, but I could get an ATX case instead. They do ATX HTPC Cases, or I wouldn't mind doing a small tower. From what people are telling me, whatever, I wouldn't get much more performance out of the microATX. If you think that ATX would be a better choice, please tell me why and recommend me a mobo/vid card (if applicable)
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anyone?
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post #14 of 29
Patients, you need to give people time. That motherboard in your original post is a great board.

side note: you should only bump you own post once every 24 hours.
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asus p5e-vm matx....

i have one and it overclocks very well and is 129.00 at the egg....the onboard vid sucks though...

sorry for bad typing...my daughter is sleeping on me...lol nappie time
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post #16 of 29
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so what is the general consensus? Should I do a 780G board with a phenom, or an intel MicroATX board, ~a e7200, and a separate video card? Would the extra price of the intel board be worth the performance gain?
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post #17 of 29
in my eyes yes....

I have 3 HTPCs and one of which is the Asus P5E-VM/Q6700/9600gt

while it was the most expensive it is the most powerful....

My others are all AM2 with 3Gs dual cores and 7600gt cards...for watching movies you can tell NO difference....but for video stuff the quad rules...
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post #18 of 29
Since you are building this as an HTPC and a main rig, I'd STRONGLY suggest you change the following:

Cooler Master CM690 (or equivilant mid tower case of your choice)
Intel Q6600
DFI BloodIron / DFI DK P35
ATI HD3450 / 3850 / 3870 / 4850 (depends on what your budget is for GPU)

That will give you the RAW POWER you want as a main rig, and the GPU's I listed would be EXCELLENT for HTPC use....ANY of them. Its just that the higher you go on the GPU....the better you'll be able to game with it . They will ALL do HDTV and Blu Ray just fine.

I would steer clear of AMD's side of the tracks for your build...based off the fact that you want it to be used as a main rig as well. If it was STRICTLY HTPC use ONLY...then I'd say go 45w AMD X2 CPU, and the 780g mobo with onboard GPU. But for a main rig as well....you'll want more horsepower than that .
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post #19 of 29
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thanks pioneerisloud. Is there any reason you would have me use a mid tower case over an ATX HTPC case? Airflow? And is there a reason you would have me use a Q6600 instead of an E8400 or E7200? Are the two extra cores going to be worth it? And what about a server chip instead of a desktop chip. That would probably be a good idea, because im planning on leaving it on 24/7, correct?
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thanks pioneerisloud. Is there any reason you would have me use a mid tower case over an ATX HTPC case? Airflow? And is there a reason you would have me use a Q6600 instead of an E8400 or E7200? Are the two extra cores going to be worth it? And what about a server chip instead of a desktop chip. That would probably be a good idea, because im planning on leaving it on 24/7, correct?
Mid-tower = better airflow and usually cheaper than HTPC case

Q6600 since you plan to do video encoding. The two cores will reduce your times by 30-40%.

You aren't running anything mission critical. A desktop chip is fine as they are rated to run 24/7 as well.
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