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post #1 of 15
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Hi all,

so in the next few months i should be building my HTPC and would like to run these build past you to get your opinions on which one to go for.

The HTPC will be used for Blu-ray play back, iplayer, web browsing, itunes, spotify and other HD content. I plan on spending no more than £600 if possible. And would like it to be as silent as possible.

so build option 1:

Prossesor: I5-2500k £173.94
Motherboard:Asus P8H67-M Pro £84.80
Case: Silverstone GD05B £71.96
Optical Drive:LiteOn iHOS104 £39.22
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2GB x 2)£38.54
Hard Drive:seagate 500GB £31.14
OS: Windows 7 64bit £75.54
Power SupplyColours IT 400W £19.07

Total:£534.21

Build option 2:

Prossesor: i3 540 £77.94
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H £64.98
Case: Silverstone GD05B £71.96
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHOS104 £39.22
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2GB x 2) £38.54
Hard Drive:seagate 500GB £31.14
OS: Windows 7 64bit £75.54
Power Supply:Be Quiet £41.60

Total: £440.92

With option 2 i could stretch to getting a SSD to make it more silent for the OS etc.

So what are your thoughts and opinions?
Also what possible problems do you fell i might encounter with these builds.
AC
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by ac4155 View Post

Build option 2:

Prossesor: i3 540 £77.94
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H £64.98
Case: Silverstone GD05B £71.96
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHOS104 £39.22
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2GB x 2) £38.54
Hard Drive:seagate 500GB £31.14
OS: Windows 7 64bit £75.54
Power Supply:Be Quiet £41.60

Total: £440.92


Build 2 would be plenty for a HTPC, would do HD fine, you shouldn't have any issues with them, I would suggest a standalone GPU to the mix.
post #3 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by ac4155 View Post
Build option 2:

Prossesor: i3 540 £77.94
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H £64.98
Case: Silverstone GD05B £71.96
Optical Drive: LiteOn iHOS104 £39.22
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2GB x 2) £38.54
Hard Drive:seagate 500GB £31.14
OS: Windows 7 64bit £75.54
Power Supply:Be Quiet £41.60

Total: £440.92
Looks good

Quote:
Originally Posted by nubz View Post

Build 2 would be plenty for a HTPC, would do HD fine, you shouldn't have any issues with them, I would suggest a standalone GPU to the mix.
No need to have a discrete GPU with an i3+H55. The i3 will do great including DTShd and TRUEHD audio. Only reason to go discrete is if you go AMD and want DTSHD and TrueHD.
You will more than likely save money with an AMD dual core and 5450 gpu.
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post #4 of 15
2nd option is more than sufficient.

If you do need a GPU for decoding then get the GT 430.
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post #5 of 15
Build 2 looks plenty. The 2500k is way way overkill. That case is nice I just built an amd system yesterday with it.

Plenty of room in there.
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post #6 of 15
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Thanks for the help so far.

So it's looking likely I'll go with option 2.
are there any problems i might encounter with it or any parts which I should swap out?
AC
post #7 of 15
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Would anyone recommend a SSD for OS and the DVD software to make it more silent or would that also be overkill in the system?

Same with a dedicated sound card?

Thanks for the help
AC
post #8 of 15
No need for a sound card if your doing audio over HDMI. Ssd will speed up your system.

I have one htpc with ssd and one without. Ssd one is a little faster but they both run great.

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post #9 of 15
SSD may save you like 5 seconds a day . As for sound card what are you using for audio? tv, receiver (which one), pc speakers..
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SSD may save you like 5 seconds a day . As for sound card what are you using for audio? tv, receiver (which one), pc speakers..
Says the guy who doesn't have one.

Its much more then that. If you got the money its well worth it. But not a necessity for sure.
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