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Hi! As I'we almost completed my First build I'm in need of another.
It will be Small form factor system HTPC to be more specific.
So MOBO should be mini ITX
I need advices for what should I get to be price/performance
So I've already searched the net and found ASUS P8H67-I It seems pretty good or maybe the DELUXE version.
So I need CPU and RAM.

And another thing (don't want to make another thread)
I have a NAS server but I think it's bottlenecking. when I watch BluRay films from HDD it's glitching. so the specs is MOBO : asrock p4i65g CPU : Intel Celeron 2.20GHz and totally new 2 WD greens 1tb each.

Maybe theres suggestions for this to replace? needs to be as small and compact as possible.
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OK it really comes down to you, but i will give it a shot. If you are going for on board graphics then the core i5 2500k seems like the best bang for your buck. Though if your trying to keep your cost down then go for the i5 2400. Again that is if you want on board graphics, if your not then look into the i7 2600k note the i7 2600k is expensive and the i5 will fit your needs for an htpc.

Ram wise any g skill and or corsair will do you fine just make sure to get ram that has the specs your M/B supports.

As for your second question I would need to know more such as what video card are you running and is it oc.

Though i would blame it on the ethernet,cpu and eco green drives. Please note that the drives might not be the problem but when your trying to watch demanding videos or stream 5400rpm drives are not the best. It could also be your lan speed your board only does 100 try getting a nic that does 1000 aka gig ethernet.

For example in my case I had a media server in the past and I could watch blu rays perfectly on the actual server but when I tried to watch it via my htpc the movie played but then lagged or skipped or audio was not synced to the movie. My server then had a core 2 duo and i was like huh. both pcs could play the movie fine if it was on the hard drive but not when accessing it from the server (network).

What I ended up doing was buying a gigabyte switch hooked all pcs to it and presto it worked no more lag or skipping and skipping chapters was way easier no wait time. I would say try upgrading to an ethernet network if that doesnt work the cpu. again your hard drives would be the last thing i would replace.
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OK it really comes down to you, but i will give it a shot. If you are going for on board graphics then the core i5 2500k seems like the best bang for your buck. Though if your trying to keep your cost down then go for the i5 2400. Again that is if you want on board graphics, if your not then look into the i7 2600k note the i7 2600k is expensive and the i5 will fit your needs for an htpc.

Ram wise any g skill and or corsair will do you fine just make sure to get ram that has the specs your M/B supports.

As for your second question I would need to know more such as what video card are you running and is it oc.

Though i would blame it on the ethernet,cpu and eco green drives. Please note that the drives might not be the problem but when your trying to watch demanding videos or stream 5400rpm drives are not the best. It could also be your lan speed your board only does 100 try getting a nic that does 1000 aka gig ethernet.

For example in my case I had a media server in the past and I could watch blu rays perfectly on the actual server but when I tried to watch it via my htpc the movie played but then lagged or skipped or audio was not synced to the movie. My server then had a core 2 duo and i was like huh. both pcs could play the movie fine if it was on the hard drive but not when accessing it from the server (network).

What I ended up doing was buying a gigabyte switch hooked all pcs to it and presto it worked no more lag or skipping and skipping chapters was way easier no wait time. I would say try upgrading to an ethernet network if that doesnt work the cpu. again your hard drives would be the last thing i would replace.
So If I get a nice board with gig ethernet and core i3 for NAS server I'll should be sorted out?

As for the htpc I'm thinking as small as possible, so yes I want to go with the ondie graphics. thought i'm not sure how much of a gpu performance I need with gpu.
Well this build isn't for me but for my dad. He really likes to watch movies and I want to make him a birthday present. I'm really want to make as small and best bang for the buck htpc
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Yup but dont forget you need a gig switch or gig router so your new board can take advantage of the speed. Otherwise your back to square one low speeds. If you want to stay cheap a gig switch is cheaper than a new gig router. The way you would hook it up is. your isp to the router then from router to switch and connect all the pcs to the switch not the router directly. Since most isp only have 100mb speeds then you want your isp to the router. but you want the fastest speeds when using your nas then thats where the switch kicks in and you will see faster transfer rates or better movies ie no lag.


then yeah if he is not so into the detail and sound then yeah on board graphics works just fine for htpc use. I see a bday present very thoughtful, well get an i3 and 2 gigs of ram and you will be fine for the htpc. Oh dont forget to use a front end program to really get the feel of a movie watching experience. I myself like xbmc but thats all up to you.

Side note the only time you would want high end graphics for movies is if you want to start messing with noise reduction, brightness, contrast and sometime the 1080p/24 support that some of the newer cards have. Oh and bit streaming to the receiver but i think the sandy bridge does bit streaming I have to check on that one.(it does support bit streaming,but does not support 1080p/24 playback natively)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...-2100-tested/7

here is a link if you care to read more into it. Again this really does not matter if your dad does not care or see the detail in picture quality and just like to watch movie like the rest of the world. Unlike me i am anal about detail and so on LOL

Best of luck and pm if you need anything else or help with xbmc
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Yup but dont forget you need a gig switch or gig router so your new board can take advantage of the speed. Otherwise your back to square one low speeds. If you want to stay cheap a gig switch is cheaper than a new gig router. The way you would hook it up is. your isp to the router then from router to switch and connect all the pcs to the switch not the router directly. Since most isp only have 100mb speeds then you want your isp to the router. but you want the fastest speeds when using your nas then thats where the switch kicks in and you will see faster transfer rates or better movies ie no lag.


then yeah if he is not so into the detail and sound then yeah on board graphics works just fine for htpc use. I see a bday present very thoughtful, well get an i3 and 2 gigs of ram and you will be fine for the htpc. Oh dont forget to use a front end program to really get the feel of a movie watching experience. I myself like xbmc but thats all up to you.

Side note the only time you would want high end graphics for movies is if you want to start messing with noise reduction, brightness, contrast and sometime the 1080p/24 support that some of the newer cards have. Oh and bit streaming to the receiver but i think the sandy bridge does bit streaming I have to check on that one.(it does support bit streaming,but does not support 1080p/24 playback natively)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...-2100-tested/7

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Best of luck and pm if you need anything else or help with xbmc
So if I understand you correctly an i3 would be sufficient for htpc?
and for the playback also i thought for xbmc
not sure if this means anything but he watches his movies on 32 inch tv screen, and the sound isn't such a deal with onboard would be sufficient I thin
As for the gig net all taken care of I have a linksys wrt610n router with custom firmware and ISP also is providing me with gig net.

Big big thanks to you for the info
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yup seems your good to go then.
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