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post #1 of 18
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Right now here is what I was thinking


P4 s775 3.4 stock

IDK what motherboard supports it


2-4gigs or RAM G Skill or Mushkin

Some HDD

4670

450w PSU

Blu Ray Drive


Only help would be on a mobo that supports it. Or should I just get some cheap dual core proccy?

I am loaded with reps and am ready to fire away lol
post #2 of 18
how bout this motherboard (assuming you will get a videocard and not run on IGP)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186139
post #3 of 18
Do you plan on playing any games or playing HD content? If so, I personally would do an el-cheapo Dual-core Celeron or something similar. Some HTPC apps chew up CPU(streaming netflix for example), so a P4 may struggle.
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Do you already have the CPU? Otherwise, why are you using that?

Any recent 775 mobo support it (G33, G41, P35, P45, X38, ect)
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Get some generic 2gb DDR2. You wont be overclocking right? So you dont need expensive ram. For the PSU, I would get an Earthwatts by Antec. And depending how much space you want... Try the 7200.11 by Seagate. They have many different sizes.
    
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post #6 of 18
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I don't have any of it yet.


I wont play games on this. Just hook it up to a 46" TV.


Also I wasn't specific on the PSU/HDD cause I know whats good and what isn't. Not a noob.
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I don't have any of it yet.


I wont play games on this. Just hook it up to a 46" TV.
Definitely get the dual core celly then.
    
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Definitely get the dual core Athlon then.

1) They are cheaper
2) They use less power/cooler (very important in HTPC since they are on 24/7 and need to be quiet)
3) AMD chipsets are better than Intel ones.


More than enough: $57 Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 45W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103255


Do you have the video card already? If so, get: $40 AR Foxconn 740G http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186151
If not, don't and just get: $94 Gigabyte 780G with 128MB Sideport http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128341
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/15/08 at 8:33am
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And may I recommend an 8600GT since you are not going to be gaming on it. You can find them cheap and they are awesome for HTPC use. Can get one here used for $35-40 shipped.

EDIT - another vote for an Antec earthwatts PSU. Or, corsair makes a new 400W 80+ PSU that is perfect for HTPC.
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Definitely get the dual core Athlon then.

1) They are cheaper
2) They use less power/cooler (very important in HTPC since they are on 24/7 and need to be quiet)
3) AMD chipsets are better than Intel ones.


More than enough: $57 Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 45W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103255


Do you have the video card already? If so, get: $40 AR Foxconn 740G http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186151
If not, don't and just get: $94 Gigabyte 780G with 128MB Sideport http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128341
While I really don't agree with much of what is said here, I do agree that the AMD product is cheaper ghz for ghz, but that is where I have to stop.

1. They APPEAR cheaper but in actuality they are not. A $39 Intel E1200 can easily clock up to 2.5ghz stock volts and 2.8-3.2ghz pushed harder. The $59 Intel E2200 can spank up to 3.4ghz. I would rather have either of these chips then a $57 AMD X2.
2. An idle Intel Celeron E1200 uses almost NOTHING for power, I doubt AMD is even close.
3. While I would say that AMD is better at making chipsets then VIA or SIS, I cannot agree that they make a better chipset then Intel.

Anyways, do not go with the Intel E1200 Celeron. It works ok for HD, but some HD rips that cannot be decoded by your hardware will have stuttering issues. My final HTPC build ended up on Intel E2200 CPU overclocked to 2.5ghz in an Antec Fusion case with Antec Earthwatts power supply. I also used the LG HDDVD+BluRay+DVDRW drive and it is awesome. Then I used 2GB of OCZ memory, a cheap motherboard that has GIG-E onboard (like $50 or so) and an ATI Radeon 3650 512MB HDMI video card on sale for $50.

That was at the end of last year when I finished up that build. The two that we built for my friends went as follows:

AMD Black Edition, 2GB RAM, XFX 8200 HDMI Motherboard, 9800 GT HybridSLI for gaming, Antec Earthwatts power supply, Coolermaster HTPC case. The advantage to this setup is quite HTPC with on the fly gaming support using the HybridSLI 9800GT. The disadvantages are higher overall price, and CRAP LOADS OF ISSUES getting Vista, drivers, audio, HDMI, hybrid SLI, RAID, etc. to work. The amount of trouble we went through getting these machines working 100% was UNBELIEVABLE. No help from XFX on either machine.
Edited by LiquidKaos - 12/15/08 at 8:45am
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