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So wife told me to look into building a htpc for our house. I guess what I really need to know is, what will I really need.

Here is my goals.....
Any format playback (this is the easy one) My daughter doesn't take very good care of her dvd's so i'm going to be ripping them.

blu ray placback

3d playback (we dont have a capable tv right now, but it is something we might want eventually, so I'd like this machine to be capable)

TV Tuner....This will not be going into the build at the start. This is something I just want to have room for down the road because i will be getting one at some point.

Very small and quiet. It will probably be on 24/7. Micro ATX most likely


The actual part specifics dont really matter just yet, I just need an idea what range of products I should be shooting for
post #2 of 16
Athlon II x2, NICE 785g/880g motherboard, 2x1gb ram or 2x2gb, cheaper blu-ray drive, windows 7, TMT 3 (for blu-ray playback) and buy a gfx card when the 6450/6550 comes out (and you need 3d).
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going to have an extra x4 955 and 790gx board with 4gb of memory, debating if i want to reuse that or just go with something newer and smaller
post #4 of 16
The built-in GPU in Sandy Bridge is supposed to support 3D. However, this feature is very easy to add later down the line with a dedicated GPU. Besides that, a pure playback HTPC doesn't really need much by way of resources. Just steer clear of non-upgradable CPU's (e.g. Atom/Zacate) and you'll be fine.

CPU:
Athlon II X2 or Celeron E3200 minimum (provides sufficient fallback in case you encounter content that can't be hardware accelerated)

GPU:
non-3D:
integrated 780G, 785G, 790GX, 880G, 890GX (AM2/AM2+/AM3)
integrated G45, GF9300, GF9400 (775)
integrated GMA HD (Clarkdale-only 1156)
3D:
integrated Sandy Bridge (1155)
discrete GT 220 & higher, GeForce 400, Radeon HD 6000

MB:
must have a PCIe x16 and at least 1 PCIe x1
H67 (or Z68) chipset required if using Sandy Bridge IGP

Since it doean't seem as if you're building right away, you might want to wait to see what Llano has in store.

Personally, I think the 790GX+955BE should work well enough. What form factor is your motherboard? Any space issues in your entertainment center or wherever you might be putting the HTPC?
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post #5 of 16
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the H67 route is very appealing. I can make anything fit, but keeping it in a micro atx case would be ideal
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In general, how would this look. I like the idea of going h67 though
post #7 of 16
Looks good. For just $10 extra, though, I'd go 2x2GB.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Looks good. For just $10 extra, though, I'd go 2x2GB.
For $10 it may be worth the upgrade unless it will break the budget. None of my HTPC's go over 1.25gb in use. Some of mine have 2x2 and some have 2x1 and have never had an issue.
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Will you be doing the ripping with this machine, or another machine?

Will you be reencoding the rips on this machine so they are smaller (such as to a MKV) or just ripping everything bit for bit and storing uncompressed blu-ray?
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I'll be ripping on my sig rig, then storing the files on the htpc and playing them there
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