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I'm plan on building an HTPC, and I wanted some input from the community.
The purpose of my HTPC is to:
-Playback 1080p content on 2 screens
-Standard processing (Office, Browsing, streaming, using a few Adobe applications)
-Be Silent
-MicroATX size/be slim
It doesn't require:
-Gaming of any kind
-HD streaming
-TV tuners or specialized HTPC software

Budget is $250.

I already have a 5450 lying in my drawer, but would it be enough for 2 1080p screens with duplicate settings? If not, I was wondering if the intergrated graphic in the Sandy Bridge Corei3 was a good choice.

Would it be smarter to go with the Sandy Bridge Corei3, or get a 1156 Corei3 and overclock it a bit? I just need the best performance vs price solution.

Already have everything except motherboard, CPU, and memory. Already planning on getting some Ripjaws for memory.

What do you guys think?
Edited by TheSonicEmerald - 3/19/11 at 7:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheSonicEmerald View Post
I'm plan on building an HTPC, and I wanted some input from the community.
The purpose of my HTPC is to:
-Playback 1080p content on 2 screens
-Standard processing (Office, Browsing, streaming, using a few Adobe applications)
-Be Silent
-MicroATX size/be slim
It doesn't require:
-Gaming of any kind
-HD streaming
-TV tuners or specialized HTPC software

I already have a 5450 lying in my drawer, but would it be enough for 2 1080p screens with duplicate settings? If not, I was wondering if the intergrated graphic in the Sandy Bridge Corei3 was a good choice.

Would it be smarter to go with the Sandy Bridge Corei3, or get a 1156 Corei3 and overclock it a bit? I just need the best performance vs price solution.

Already have everything except motherboard, CPU, and memory. Already planning on getting some Ripjaws for memory.

What do you guys think?
I believe the 5450 would be up for this task, but upgrading to a more powerful 56xx, 57xx, or GTS 450 might be a good idea for those Adobe programs. I wouldn't even consider the Core i3 integrated graphics, the 5450 is much more powerful.

Concerning the CPU itself, I would recommend going with an 1156 version. These processors are FANTASTIC for overclocking, and would most likely trump the performance of the new LGA 1155 Core i3 processors (as these can not be overclocked.)
Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/19/11 at 7:05pm
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i'd like to throw the gigabyte 880gma-ud2h in there. i've done to builds with this board and all i can say is it's a awsome little matx board.

if your heart's not set to intel.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128445
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Forgot to mention my budget.
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so whats the budget? amd is budget.
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$250 budget for cpu, motherboard and memory. Don't have a real preference as long as it does what I want it to do.

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I would prefer 4GB memory. Probably DDR3 as DDR2 ram is expensive nowadays.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheSonicEmerald View Post
I would prefer 4GB memory. Probably DDR3 as DDR2 ram is expensive nowadays.
Just buy 2 of the sticks that I linked. =]
4GB won't make any difference in an HTPC though, just fyi.
    
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cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103920
mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128445
ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148333
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