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Cheapest/least specs on a micro pc for streaming bluray (VMC x64 and my movies)?

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I've decided to build a dedicated HTPC for in the living room, sitting behind my 61" samsung DLP.. I had been using my main PC, which is pretty beefy and now with an i7 920 processor, tons of ram , 4870's etc (and Xonar HDAV1.3)...

I'll be moving the xonar into the HTPC.. it was just too messy at times, switching to the extended view in my living room, with the extra HDMI coming from the main Pc (and 3 screens in my office)...

So since i always build overkill, curious on everyones take on a minimalistic (but lasting, say 3 years) micro pc i can throw together..

I'm not sure if i even need a card like the ati 4850/70, as ill be using the xonar for bitstreaming. Processor wise i'm not sure how beefy, though i think a 2.4ghz is more than enough (quad), to prevent bluray studders..

I was thinking i'd like to have the ability to put two full 16x 2.0 pciex cards (dual slot, crossfire) in it, as well as the pciex1 slot, but this isnt required i guess.. I cant recall if a g45 chipset would be enough, with the integrated graphics to just handle movies at least for now?


So here is my basic system off newegg.. totals are around 620 with tax, but this price could be less if i find used parts:


Motherboard p5q-em: $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131336 (built in hdmi video, g45, enough power?) vs

Foxcon G33M $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186125

Case/psu APEVIA X-QPACK-NW-BK : Micro case/ 420watt PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144162 $82

CPU: quad q6600 2.4ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115018 $179

Memory: crucial 2gb x 2 (4gb) ddr2 800 with heatspreader $44 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148212

Video card (or just go with the built in?): 4850 ati $159 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161235
(i prefer visontek, but this one is singleslot)

Cooling fan: Arctic Freezer pro $26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134 (i'd prefer the xigmatek but it is probably too tall)


5x1 hdmi passthrough switch with remote: $40 http://www.monoprice.com/products/no...&cmd=an_submit


Again, i'm not sure on if a boards built in HDMI integrated video will be good enough for full quality bluray or not.. or if the 4850 is even overkill, when i could get an 8800GT much cheaper..

I'll run vista media center, with my main movies on the main pc, with my movies client on this box, as well as TMT that comes with the Xonar.

Thanks for any thoughts
    
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You can go way more minimalistic then that. For instance I stuck together a biostar board with 780g chipset plus a single core sempron 1.8ghz cpu, both you can be had for under 80 dollars easy now. That setup using the correct software to utilize the onboard hd3200 will play 1080p and blu ray perfectly smooth and only put at most 15% load on an already very weak cpu. The two together would now cost little as 60 bux, the rest of the components wouldn't be much more.

For something to give you a better peice of mind maybe a 4850e(sometimes sell for $50 on newegg) and maybe a gigabyte 780g board. Should easily last 3+ yrs, unless some new crazy high-def standard comes along.

my friend uses that qpack as his lanbox. It well... works... but getting something like maybe an antec htpc that comes with a quality 80plus psu and much better looks for showcasing may be a better option.

I'd say hold off on the video card till you see the integrated for yourself. these new ones will play high-def like they were made for it, mainly because well... they were made for it.

Going the route I mentioned, just with the money you save on getting a system that works vs a system that's overkill. You could spend the difference on other important things, like more storage space. Maybe even upgrade the chipset cooling because no matter which kind you get will always run a tad hot.
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