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YO Capwn make sure to get a discrete GPU, dont think that onboard is quite enough
Completely wrong. HD3200 and HD4200 are MORE than capable of 1080p Blu Ray accelerated playback.
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Completely wrong. HD3200 and HD4200 are MORE than capable of 1080p Blu Ray accelerated playback.
Yup, a any AM3 CPU with the 4200 will handle HD playback.
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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.
ion and 4250 igps still have issues with high bitrate encodes. Assuming he will always play blu-ray discs or full rips it is not an issue. Look at all these posts in here or on AVSforum (largest htpc forum I have ever seen) about all the issues that still exist. People recomend to use the igp and you see people within a week picking up a 5450 or similar. But hey I am still going to pick up a Zacate when I see a nice itx one to play with but will damn sure buy one with a pci-e slot.
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ion and 4250 igps still have issues with high bitrate encodes. Assuming he will always play blu-ray discs or full rips it is not an issue. Look at all these posts in here or on AVSforum (largest htpc forum I have ever seen) about all the issues that still exist. People recomend to use the igp and you see people within a week picking up a 5450 or similar. But hey I am still going to pick up a Zacate when I see a nice itx one to play with but will damn sure buy one with a pci-e slot.
I completely agree with hick.

example, read the side label on a windows 7 retail box:
--- 1ghz cpu, 1gb ram, dx9 graphics, 20gb hard drive......
How much eye candy would you like to see? set wallpaper to black? turn off aero?

My point is, if you build a HTPC, dont waste your time building a system only to meet bare-minimum requirements. If im 45minutes into watching a 1080p flick, bittorrent downloading or antivirus suddenly scanning in the background, the system shouldn't lag and ruin my experience. Hulu, especially at higher quality settings, will bring a slower cpu to its knees. 1080p h.264 movie trailer? How about 1080p/4000p youtube? Adobe Flash w/ gpu acceleration wont save you all the time.

Unless youre cannibalizing old parts, an AMD zacate, sempron 140 or any dualcore 2ghz+ is fine.
If you asked me, I too would suggest an AMD x2 250 or better.

ATI 5450's can be found for $25 after rebate so whats the big deal? Fantastic cards for HD video with one tiny flaw, likely an ATI driver issue.
The alternative is to get the Nvidia 430, but it's pricey at around $55.
When it comes to graphics, I never trust onboard video. But if it works, it works.

To me, a HTPC is a multimedia center, not a bluray player with hard drives and a wifi card.

p.s. Overkill would be using watercooling for a HTPC. lol

Capwn, how much ram is in there? Your system looks good. Keeps us updated.
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post #26 of 26
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EDIT: it doesn't post, I think I need to update the bios... No spare chip to flash with
Give me a few days to find one..


CPU- AMD Athlon x2 250 ( $58 at Microcenter)
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Ram- Miscellaneous DDR2 ( got for free )
Tuner- Hauppauge 1250 ($50 on sale at Microcenter)
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HDD- Western Digital Blue 500 gig ($32 at Microcenter)
Cap, have you tried using only 1 stick of ram?

I had a similar issue awhile back trying to fix a relative's pc. Mixed ram was the problem.
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