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post #11 of 18
Definitely go for a dual-core Celeron or a cheap 45 W Athlon 64 X2. The power usage will be much lower, and if you go for an Athlon 64 X2 you could get a 780/740G motherboard and skip a graphics card entirely. IMO, a 45w A64 is really the best option for a HTPC. Also, go for an Antec Earthwatts or Corsair power supply to cut down on power usage even more.
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Core 2 Duo E4600 Asus P5Q Pro **Ordered** EVGA e-GeForce 8600GTS SSC 256MB 2GB Corsair DDR2 800 
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Western Digital 200GB (IDE) none Windows Server 2008 Standard Workstation 2xCTX X571A 
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Western Digital 200GB (IDE) none Windows Server 2008 Standard Workstation 2xCTX X571A 
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post #12 of 18
For video card buy a ATI card with HDMI, because most HDPC certified HDMI Ati cards transmit audio through the HDMI Port. I just ordered my parts, ill post my list for you.

Video Card.
POWER COLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 (Nice card with HDMI and Native 7.1 w use of HDMI Cable)
CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz
Case
LIAN LI PC-V350B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower
HDD
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
PSU
Rosewill 550watt, had from old rig.
Ram
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Mobo
Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Blu-ray
LG Blu Ray/HD DVD combo drive.
post #13 of 18
For harddrive I'd go with this. 5400 to 7200 RPM Drive. They're excellent save on power and are quiet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136149
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Intel 4670K Asrock Z87E-ITX Sapphire 380x Nitro G.Skill Trident X 2400 2x4GB CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
840 EVO 250GB 1TB WD Black Noctua NH-U14S Windows 8.1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Benq XL2420TE Corsair K65 Silverstone 550w Platinum Node 304 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @ 3.6 EP45-UD3P HIS 7770 4GB 1100 G.Skill PI's 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320GB , 1TB WD Black ASUS 24X  Windows 7 64bit Samsung 204 BW 20" 1680 x 1050 
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Seasonic X-560 Lian Li PC-9F 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
840 EVO 250GB 1TB WD Black Noctua NH-U14S Windows 8.1 
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Benq XL2420TE Corsair K65 Silverstone 550w Platinum Node 304 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @ 3.6 EP45-UD3P HIS 7770 4GB 1100 G.Skill PI's 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #14 of 18
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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.
It's not for overclocking, about saving power and such. Any budget CPU will pass.
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For harddrive I'd go with this. 5400 to 7200 RPM Drive. They're excellent save on power and are quiet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136149
Yeah, i just bought a 1TB version for my HTPC.
post #16 of 18
I'm gonna go ahead and make the same recommendation that ducky did. HTPC's are not meant for overclocking, so buying a "better" Intel chip is meaningless in this area. I built my HTPC based on a gigabyte 780g and Athlon 4400? (can't remember the exact chip) and the build performs flawlessy on 2GB ram with the integrated HD3200. This HTPC is pushing 1080p on a 46" Samsung and runs amazingly. It has an occasional hiccup, but that is due to some of the stuff I am required to run in the background (stupid campus security policy).
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by LiquidKaos View Post
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.
1) Why are you overclocking a HTPC? A 2GHz K8 is fine for 1080p playback in Vista. When on sale, you can get an OEM 2.2GHz X2 45w for $25-40 shipped.
2) The newer X2 idle at 7w. Do you have any facts backing your statement?
3) 780G TDP is 11.4w while Intel's best IGP G45 has a TDP of 24w. AMD's IGP is also 2-3 times faster and has less driver issues. AMD's chipsets are better for HTPCs.
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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