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An I5 is way overkill in that case, unless youw ant to game on it or whatever.

You could reuse the PII 955 chip, get a matx mobo, and run a ATI 5450. That will play pretty much anything.

My only concern would be the heat from the 955. You could easily run a HTPC on an Athlon II x 2.

For reference, as long as it gets hardware acceleration form my 3870, I can play 1080P on my HTPC which consists of: A64 4000+ single core , 2 GB RAM, ATI 3870 HD
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An I5 is way overkill in that case, unless youw ant to game on it or whatever.

You could reuse the PII 955 chip, get a matx mobo, and run a ATI 5450. That will play pretty much anything.

My only concern would be the heat from the 955. You could easily run a HTPC on an Athlon II x 2.

For reference, as long as it gets hardware acceleration form my 3870, I can play 1080P on my HTPC which consists of: A64 4000+ single core , 2 GB RAM, ATI 3870 HD
I'm just thinking of future proofing at this point really. I could easily see this becoming my daughter's PC when she is capable of using it as such. It's right about what I wanted to spend and will effectively do anything and everything I want now with some room to grow on.
post #13 of 16
Well as long as you are aware it's a bit overkill, then it will do the job just fine.

Considering that you are looking long term, you might want to swap to at least 2x2GB ram. Most mATX motherboards only have 2 slots, and RAM is at a really low price right now.

Instead of replacing the RAM 2-3 years down the line (when DDR3 is likely an old standard and more expensive), I'd just buy the higher amount of RAM now and be done with it.
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Yeah im actually looking at an xms3 4gb kit for $45
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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)
You definitely want an NVIDIA video card with support for HDMI 1.4a.

The cheapest option for 3D TV is the GT430. ATI cards do not support 3D well... if at all. Their solution is very weak and probably will not improve any time soon.
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You definitely want an NVIDIA video card with support for HDMI 1.4a.

The cheapest option for 3D TV is the GT430. ATI cards do not support 3D well... if at all. Their solution is very weak and probably will not improve any time soon.
Yeah, since I dont have the TV now I'll just use the onboard for 720p This case and board will allow me to add a tv tuner and a dedicated gpu in the future if it comes down to needing one, but thanks for the info.
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