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Originally Posted by jwei;11829638 
Alright, super thanks for all the help guys.

Rep + to everyone lol.

So I'll likely go with 785/880 MB, 4gb ram (might as well), athlon II x2, and a nice microatx case?

Are there any specific requirements that I need other than HDMI in the mobo?

Also, will I notice any material/significant performance increases from going 785/880?



785/8

You really don't need 4GB of RAM... honest!

880 mobos have more PCIe lanes and support for higher-end CPUs... which you don't need.
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post #22 of 44
Yea, for a pure HTPC, 2 gigs is plenty (I had 4 gigs in 2 of my HTPC's for a while, went down to 2 and don't notice any difference).

Although I do have to mention if your using the onboard video, you will be using some of your system memory for that.

With the price of RAM right now ($40 or less for 4 gigs), 4 gigs really is not that hard to justify spending it on though. 2 months ago I would definatly say not worth it.

I actually have some DDR3 I bought for no reason other than it was cheap ($7 AR for a 2 gig stick, and another 4 gigs (2x2) that I got for $35) that I will probably just stick in the bedroom HTPC for 4 gigs total (with 512 of that being shared with video).
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post #23 of 44
I run 4 GB in mine and did notice some difference, but it's not a pure HTPC as I game and run other programs in the background.

That being said you can usually find a deal on 4GB for the same price as 2GB so might as well get 4GB.
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Alrighty, I'll see how pricing goes and decide on the spot when I'm making the purchase then (next week).

So how about the 785/880 debate? No difference in terms of IGU?

Also, are there any requirements I should be looking out for when picking the mobo?

Any mobo should fit in the microatx right?
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post #25 of 44
880 tends to cost more with no real performance increase for your use, but if you find one on sale, go for it.

Any MATX board will fit in an MATX case.

As for which board, that is where opinion comes in. Some say brand x is best, but others have had problems with it.

IMO (so take it for what it is worth) almost any 785g board is fine, ASUS, Biostar, ECS, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Zotac. Heck, just look at this and pick what you like.
Just make sure it has the card slots you want (many of these boards come with 1 PCI-e x16 but no x1 slot, which is what most TV tuners are now).

Also check out the FS forums here, complete HTPC's come up as well as parts for them.
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post #26 of 44
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Originally Posted by blupupher;11830217 
880 tends to cost more with no real performance increase for your use, but if you find one on sale, go for it.

Any MATX board will fit in an MATX case.

As for which board, that is where opinion comes in. Some say brand x is best, but others have had problems with it.

IMO (so take it for what it is worth) almost any 785g board is fine, ASUS, Biostar, ECS, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Zotac. Heck, just look at this and pick what you like.
Just make sure it has the card slots you want (many of these boards come with 1 PCI-e x16 but no x1 slot, which is what most TV tuners are now).

Also check out the FS forums here, complete HTPC's come up as well as parts for them.

Sounds good thanks! Looks like I'm pretty much ready to order. Just gotta spend a solid hour or two picking out exact parts now.

Thanks for everything

I just got a Harmony 650 too lol, need to make sure my case comes with an IR receiver too now..
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post #27 of 44
4GB is not needed but running your memory in dual channel has its benefits. The price increase from 2->4GB is approx $5-10 which makes it worth it later on if you have plans to upgrade your PC again.

I currently have 2GB and i rarely go over 1.3GB of usage, but I only stream HD movies off of my network.
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Originally Posted by Stevo;11831240 
4GB is not needed but running your memory in dual channel has its benefits. The price increase from 2->4GB is approx $5-10 which makes it worth it later on if you have plans to upgrade your PC again.
+1. With how cheap RAM is, it just makes sense to go with 4GB. I use 7MC+Media Browser as my front-end and it feels more responsive with more RAM.
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post #29 of 44
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Cool, starting to shop around now. All the pieces are slowly falling in place (new lcd screen, htib and the harmony). I think I may go with the 785 just to salvage my ram (only real benefit besides the small performance uses which don't apply to me is the ability for USB 3.0 for some?)

Also, in terms of PSU, 300~ should be enough right?
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post #30 of 44
300 should be enough, but do pick up a AM3 cpu with a 785.
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