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Originally Posted by spartacus View Post
Keep your PC, add hard drives to it for serving media, and get a $99 apple TV(forgot it doesn't do surround sound) small Ion or Atom system and put XBMC on it. Stream all your media from your sig rig and expand storage as needed.
Appletv only does 720p, I know you crossed it out but just wanted to say it. I was stoked when I saw xbmc for it until I saw it was 720p max.
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does the HDMI on my gts 250 have sound output?
    
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^^ Yes it does. But it cannot Bitstream i.e. no support for DTS True HD/DTS-MA & Dolby Digital HD.

I recommended the GT 430 because
-- Lower Power consumption
-- Bitstreaming Support.
-- DirectX 11 (not really of any use at this point)
-- 3D Blu-Ray support
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^^ Yes it does. But it cannot Bitstream i.e. no support for DTS True HD/DTS-MA & Dolby Digital HD.

I recommended the GT 430 because
-- Lower Power consumption
-- Bitstreaming Support.
-- DirectX 11 (not really of any use at this point)
-- 3D Blu-Ray support
I see
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post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
An 8400GS will be better and cheaper than a GT430 and handle 1080p playback. suggesting a GT430 is just obscene especially when cheapest was mentioned in the OP.

Sure, the 8400GS isn't going to run away with game performance, but yeah.
Do any 8400GS cards have an HDMI out that can handle sound?

I would keep the GTS450 for a gaming/desktop build and just pick up a 210 or 220 or whatever ATI card with HDMI out. AFAIK, only the Nvidia xxxxGS and xxxxGT cards needed to pull sound off the SPDIF connector on the mobo. The GT210/220/240/430 cards have sound over HDMI built in (audio device is on the card).
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^^ The 8400GS don't have HDMI out.

Instead of GT2xx series why dont you get the GT430? It has support for Bitstreaming which the 200 series don't support.
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Go with any ati 5xxx card. It is quieter and cooler than any comparable nvidia.
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noooo, stay away from ati when it comes to htpc. i`m not being an intel fanboy but really, if you want a good-good htpc its either atom or the celeron e3300, google it, its about as fast as a c2d and it only uses 20watts.

for the video card, hd5550(hd5450 will be grinding hard so get some headroom) or gt430, i lean on nvidia because they pass hdmi audio without connectors and they have the future 3d output.

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70$(ouch) termaltake lanbox(aint it cute?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133045

50$ celeron ftw(its a god**** c2d for crist sake, they just took out 2mb of cache) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-264-_-Product
reviews : http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_8.html#sect0
(ati seems to eat a buttload of power compared to intel, thats why i lean to it)

60$ motherboard(you can pick anything but i preffer those mobos that has ddr3, less power consumption and more headroom for OC, well, if you plan to) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131650
(you have an option between ddr2 and ddr3 on this mobo.)

50-70$ GPU(its either these two and dont go below, because you`d suffer when playing high-res and with those eye-candy enchancement, it doesnt hurt to give a headroom but it freakin hurts when you put overkill parts on it. ex: gtx570) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-397-_-Product or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...407R-_-Product

46$ ram (2x2gb is more than enough) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104206
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sums up to around 300$, tho lacks the blue-ray room and a couple of harddisks, if you change the case then you get it more cheaper.
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