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Im finaly upgrading my HTPC with 4 tb more of hdd space and i purchased a Ceton tuner card but now im on a hefty wait list untill i am able to get that.

Now im currently running a dual core amd 240 as seen below with 4 gb memory and onboard graphics (HD4200)

Im using the htpc to rip dvd and blu ray to main movie folder structures and TV series im ripping to whole disk then using handbrake to encode individual episodes to m4v or mp4 (same thing i believe).

I Currently stream netflix, download/stream some new release network tv (hulu), watch dvd and blu-ray rips.

I find that blu-ray discs play back slow and choppy as if the Processor or video card just cant keep up, rips are flawless.

I plan to use the system as i am with the added cable card and cable box functionality, dvr, and everything associated with it. I will be adding a sound system (receiver and speakers) so true-hd or bitstreaming i suppose is necessary, and will be gaming when i get controllers with my emulators. I also plan on buying a 3d tv, but im unsure of if ill ever buy 3d content.

what im thinking is.... a video card almost seems necessary just for the audio but can help everything else but how about a processor?
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Probably the graphics card first, throw in a 5450 and you'll be good to go =D

I'm about to build something similar, but no blu-ray playback...I'm wondering if its going to be enough for my 1080p videos.
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^^ Get the GT 430 instead of HD5450.

You can use CUDA for h.264 & VC-1 ,Plus it does the Blu-Ray decoding well too.
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Probably the graphics card first, throw in a 5450 and you'll be good to go =D
Hell yea!! And it goes to a PCI slot plus a native HDMI port. So you have your PCIe for a sound card
    
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would i need the sound card? my understanding was the 5450 did audio?
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If you don't need 4 streams.... you might want to look at the HDHomeRun Prime. It is a CableCard triple-stream network tuner for $250ish:

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/
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would i need the sound card? my understanding was the 5450 did audio?
It's best to get one if you have a kick-ass speaker system.

Although I might be wrong
    
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If you don't need 4 streams.... you might want to look at the HDHomeRun Prime. It is a CableCard triple-stream network tuner for $250ish:

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/
oh wow check that out! thank you!

Is it not released yet? Is that why i cant find a purchase link?

i would love to save my money because i really dont think i need 4 streams. But i certainly could save the money... I just would hate to wait out my position in line then this become available then backordered because of demand.
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