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Current HTPC build:
TV: Akai 42" 1080p LCD (fixed for keeps biggrin.gif)
CPU: Athlon 2300BE
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785-M
RAM: OCZ DDR2 800 Gold
HDD: WD Blue 160Gb
GPU: Sapphire 5450
TV Tuner: Hauppage 1250 USB
Sound: VIA VT1708S
Speakers: Logitech X-530
OS: Win7
Remote: Harmony 650

Future plans:
Scratch built case
30Gb SSD
Blu-ray player
Receiver (DTS, Dolby, and all that jazz)
Better quality speakers
Better quality power sub-roofer
Outdoor antenna

K.I.S.S.: Using it for movie/tv streams, cable/OTA viewing, and DVD's.
No games or recording or downloading movies.
Edited by Krusher33 - 3/21/11 at 10:29am
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post #2 of 87
If you plan on streaming HD, the CPU might be an issue, not sure what res you are looking at but a stronger CPU and GPU might need to be upgraded.
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I'd try to find a used amd x2 and a cheap 88xx or 9xxx series card on here and you'll be set smile.gif
    
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I would first try a low end 5xxx series ati card. The 5450 can be had as an open box on newegg for like 30 bucks.

I should be able to offload all the video decoding. The older 8xxx and 9xxx series can offload video but they are not as capable.
(assuming you have a pci express slot)

If it still needs some help you can pick up a cheap cpu here. I just scored an athlon x2 215 for 30 bucks shipped out of the market. Using it for a bedroom htpc I'm building this week.
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I was actually looking at fanless 5450's but wasn't sure if I should or not.

So if HD, get dual cpu, if not, single is fine?
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post #6 of 87
A fanless 5450 should handle hd just fine. Its odd stuff that doesn't offload to the gpu where you may struggle. Something like hulu (which has gpu offloading now I think but not sure how good it is)

For sd I'd say you don't need to buy anything.

I just always suggest trying whatever various videos you are going to use on it. No use in buying stuff until you are certain in can to what you want it too.
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Theres an X2 for sale for 20 bucks in the marketplace... Get it and your good.
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Theres an X2 for sale for 20 bucks in the marketplace... Get it and your good.

LOTS of thanks for that. Can't beat a 45W dual chip for an HTPC.

1.9 Ghz won't be too slow?
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Originally Posted by Krusher33;12034839 
LOTS of thanks for that. Can't beat a 45W dual chip for an HTPC.

1.9 Ghz won't be too slow?


Nada.


It will be fine, and you could always bump it up a to 2.3ghz just for craps.
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Your cpu is good. That system should work well, maybe need to update the GPU but it should be able to play anything that wasn't encoded by 2 year old.
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