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Hey guys so i was thinking of making a htpc/server over the next month or two and was looking at some opinions of my considered build, I was looking for power conservation and maybe have some horsepower to play some games on low settings (sc2 etc).

I was thinking of using integrated graphics from the current h67 so i could use hdmi with audio (Money is not an issue).

Heres the system i was thinking about building
Processor: i7 2600k/i5 2500k
motherboard: MSI H67MA-ED55
Hard drive: 4x Samsung f4 2tb (raid 5)
Memory: 4gb 1333 ddr3
Power supply: 400-500 watt corsair
Case: Corsair 650D
Graphics: integrated

Thoughts?

Also is there a big difference between the integrated graphics in a 2600k and a 2500k?

Thanks guys! +reps
Edited by DNytAftr - 2/22/11 at 4:30pm
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post #2 of 13
If you truly using it for htpc then no the graphics wont matter to much. Also are you using a receiver or going directly to an HDTV or Monitor?

Over all your build looks good. Just know that raid 5 might hurt your write speeds if you care about that stuff.
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post #3 of 13
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If you truly using it for htpc then no the graphics wont matter to much. Also are you using a receiver or going directly to an HDTV or Monitor?

Over all your build looks good. Just know that raid 5 might hurt your write speeds if you care about that stuff.
ah okay, well currently the hdmi will be going to the tv, later when i get a new receiver its going to that. But the graphics part wont matter that much?

mmm, i dont think ill care too much about write speed.

+rep

2 questions for anyone.
~Does the 2600k and the 2500k have the same integrated graphics? (does the 2500k have igp hd2000 and the 2600k have hd 3000 or they both have HD 3000?)
~ How is the onboard raid controller on the h67 chips, are they faster or about the same as the h55 or the x58?
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post #4 of 13
they both have the same integrated graphics not sure about the raid if i notice any info ill let you know
    
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post #5 of 13
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they both have the same integrated graphics not sure about the raid if i notice any info ill let you know
ah okay, so i prob gonna go with the 2500k then, pretty much the same with out ht and 6mb cashe i believe.

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I'm no sandy bridge expert, but I thought that the H67 wasn't very good for oc'ing so isn't the 'k' unnecessary?

Unless you can get it for the same price.
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I'm no sandy bridge expert, but I thought that the H67 wasn't very good for oc'ing so isn't the 'k' unnecessary?

Unless you can get it for the same price.
from what i read it, you cant overclock it at all (or its very limited) but the k series has 12 graphics (eu?) cores compared to the rest that have 6 cores, i believe the price difference between the next lowest is like $20 so not that much of a price jump =] although im no expert eather, i noticed theres not that many articles on h67 boards though *sigh*
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post #8 of 13
in either case let us know how your build goes and your lucky that the h55 has raid cuz my zotac 1156 h55 does not support raid . For now I am using Windows 7 software raid.

Yeah graphics not to much like I said just make sure they suport 1080p and also support 1080p/24 since thats how blu ray movies are filmed. Again it only truly matters if your a movie critic LOL.
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in either case let us know how your build goes and your lucky that the h55 has raid cuz my zotac 1156 h55 does not support raid . For now I am using Windows 7 software raid.

Yeah graphics not to much like I said just make sure they suport 1080p and also support 1080p/24 since thats how blu ray movies are filmed. Again it only truly matters if your a movie critic LOL.
yes for sure i might post some pics when i get it done, prob late march since.. the case isent out and the mobo still arent for sale yet. *sigh* but i just ordered the psu last night and going to order the memory later this weekend i think.

originally i had a EVGA h55v i was going to use.. buttt no raid so that didnt work so well and i found out after i got it @_@ me fail

:O maybe ill start my own news paper call it the OCN Monthly >=] buahaha
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why would u spend so much money on HTPC, just go to microcneter get the amd x2 phenom 2 560 black edition, get an MSI board for Free, pick up a GTS450 if u want to play some games once in a while.
the processor is only 99$

u should not have to spend more then 500$ on htpc

plus u can unlcok that dual core to a quad core easily.
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