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Budget HTPC Build - Which CPU to use?

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I'm planning to build a HTPC for my livingroom, doing all the basic media stuff, just watching Netflix, Hulu and my own digital media collection which consists of many 1080p videos. Try to spend under $250 for the main components (CPU, Mobo, PSU, HDD and RAM), I'm very set on the case, which is the Antec Fusion, that'll cost me about $150. So the question is: Which CPU will be sufficient for the job? I was looking along the lines of a Athlon II X2, seems cheap enough. Unless someone wants to go to Micro Center for me a pick up a cheap in-store only bundle? Oh and the board has to be mATX and has HDMI...

I don't mind buying stuff used, except for the HDD and case. I saw an Antec 380 watts PSU on Newegg for $20, might get that for this build. HDD thinking of using a Spinpoint F3 1TB, RAM should be relatively easy to get some off the "For Sale" area.

So guys, help me pick a CPU =D Thanks so much for reading!
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Any Athlon II X2 is more than enough for playback.


MC has one + mobo for $70.... too bad you're not close to one!
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any dual core really... yea they have that free mobo deal at MC. the F3 is already cheap so get a new one.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Any Athlon II X2 is more than enough for playback.


MC has one + mobo for $70.... too bad you're not close to one!
Is there a specific model you would recommend? Maybe like X2 245? 255?
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Seasonic X650 Fractal Design Arc Midi Logitech G700 
Mouse Pad
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3750K ASRock Z77 Pro4-M HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Corsair XMS 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 Blu-Ray RW Drive Corsair H60 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Seasonic X650 Fractal Design Arc Midi Logitech G700 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3750K ASRock Z77 Pro4-M HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Corsair XMS 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 Blu-Ray RW Drive Corsair H60 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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