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If I were to build a HTPC nowadays, just a low end one for playing 720p rips, how much would I expect to spend and what would be a good setup?

I have a little extra money coming in soon so considering it.
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You can spend $200 to $1000 on a HTPC setup, mine has cost me about $350 bucks and I use it to play raw 1080p video files and bluray movies.
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Considering an AMD E-series processor + motherboard are around 80$, once you count HDD, case, PSU (click for a review of itx cases w/ PSU) and RAM you should be slightly above 200$. As a bonus this kind of setup can play 1080p.

It's not worth going for cheaper Atom CPUs as they barely play 720p and don't cost much less.
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
Considering an AMD E-series processor + motherboard are around 80$, once you count HDD, case, PSU (click for a review of itx cases w/ PSU) and RAM you should be slightly above 200$. As a bonus this kind of setup can play 1080p.

It's not worth going for cheaper Atom CPUs as they barely play 720p and don't cost much less.
I have a 9600GT and a second 1TB drive which I could technically use.
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reflux View Post
I have a 9600GT and a second 1TB drive which I could technically use.
An 2-year old AMD IGP would perform better than a 9600GT.


With hardware acceleration, it's not about horsepower but about design and included features.

UVD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified...D_enabled_GPUs
PureVideo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_..._.28HD.29_GPUs
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
An 2-year old AMD IGP would perform better than a 9600GT.


With hardware acceleration, it's not about horsepower but about design and included features.

UVD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified...D_enabled_GPUs
PureVideo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_..._.28HD.29_GPUs
Yeah I understand, just saying it's there doing nothing so it could go in there. I could've been more specific.

edit: While I'm on the topic of purchasing, because it doesn't seem that a HTPC has to be expensive to be good at what it does: What's a good video frontend? Disregarding price for the time being.
Edited by Reflux - 2/9/11 at 7:07am
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reflux View Post
What's a good video frontend? Disregarding price for the time being.
http://www.overclock.net/htpc/928276...o-you-use.html
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I love Media Browser the key is caching the images to RAM, so having more than 2GB of RAM is a must and ONLY reason to have more than 2GB in any HTPC build.

There several great plug-ins as well for Music, TV (Recorded TV) and Games (Windows Games, Console Emulations).

XMBC is cool if you don't need any DVR functions.
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Originally Posted by epic1337 View Post
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.
this.
post #10 of 12
cheap. a local retailer here (frys) has a 2.9 x2, and biostart with igp 4400 something or other for like 70 bucks once in a while. stick in 2gb ram, disc drive, hard drive, case, and a good tuner card, and your set.

also, i like the hauppauge Win-TV-1800 model 1129 - i have two of them in fact.
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