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anything more than an atom is overkill so that Athlon will do just dandy

Worst advice EVER.
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post #12 of 26
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Worst advice EVER.
How so? An Atom would handle HTPC duties just fine. Most of the playback will use the GPU, so the CPU should sit with not too terribly much usage on it.
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post #13 of 26
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Worst advice EVER.
yeah, you're right. not even an Athlon x4 and a 9800gt could handle simple HTPC tasks.

HTPC needs i7 for sure
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Worst advice EVER.
Yep basic computing AND HTPC duties can be handled with a Atom/ION2 or AMD Zacate board.

Both super cheap, low power and TINY options. Asus even has a mATX board if you need more expansion slots.

I have a 5000+ Black Edition Dual Core and for just watching TV, its too much. I don't game as much as I thought I would after the initial excitement of buying the HD4670 a few years back. I thought about doubling up on them so GRID would run at 60fps but I don't think I will do that.

We'll be going to grid-tie solar system in the near future so considering several options to cut on how my much power I use, not to mention how many devices I have plugged into the wall.

I want to build a AMD Zacate system that will not run much above idle current (18-21w) watching TV or streaming. About the only other thing running in the background besides Anti-Virus is Vuze, but I'm going to be changing that out for uTorrent anyway. There wouldn't be much going on until I start using Media Browser in which case caching images to RAM will load them much faster, so I might run more than 2GB of memory.

So there's plenty of horsepower in these low power, low cost boards for HTPC use. You only need more power if your going to play games.

I'm also considering going with just a small SSD drive in this new build and build a small Windows Home Server.
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post #15 of 26
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^^ you lost me bro
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YO Capwn make sure to get a discrete GPU, dont think that onboard is quite enough
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Originally Posted by raidmaxGuy View Post
YO Capwn make sure to get a discrete GPU, dont think that onboard is quite enough
I have been told it is 100% good for general HTPC duties.
The board itself comes with HDMI out.. Its gotta be strong enough to push HD video right guys?
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I have been told it is 100% good for general HTPC duties.
The board itself comes with HDMI out.. Its gotta be strong enough to push HD video right guys?
ehh its quite possible

im gonna need HTPC build help near the end of the year when i finish the basement, gotta run clean on a 96" 1080p projection screen

My poor Athlon K7/Radeon 9600SE would probably catch fire, definately time to upgrade
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ehh its quite possible

im gonna need HTPC build help near the end of the year when i finish the basement, gotta run clean on a 96" 1080p projection screen
O.0 illd put a proper rig down their! nice screen lol


btw op: nice build :] hopfully gpu will be enough.. if not.. $20 cheap card
    
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^^ you lost me bro
Really young, easily confused or both?

1) I was just pointing out how I don't need 65w Dual Core CPU to pull HTPC duty.

2) I was overtly optimistic about playing games on a PC, not worth it, unless you like FPS

3) We are going to move to a grid tie-in (meaning connected to the electrical grid) Photovoltaic (Solar Panels) system in the near future, meaning we need to watch how much power we use...

Meaning why run one machine at 51W idle current when I build a Media Server and a mITX HTPC that MIGHT do 45W total?
Edited by djfourmoney - 2/10/11 at 9:27pm
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