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post #11 of 18
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Hey guys. Ok. I went SSD for the OS drive because I thought (maybe false) that I would get better performance on any media players or applications with an SSD compared to a SATA drive. Could be wrong.

As far as the CPU, I would personally like to stick with Intel. I'm open to any of their chips. But as long as I get a really nice mobo (which then also affects the cases I can buy). Would like a mobo with HDMI out (for both vid and sound). Basically, any config that gives me crips video and clear sound.
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post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by micah_jones View Post
If I were you I would update your sig rig with the money you are spending on this and just retire your sig rig to HTPC duty. Thats just me though...
Sig rig is my server. My primary rig is due for an upgrade early next year.
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post #13 of 18
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I think you're thinking of the 6xxx's. The E8500 is a beast. Although I question why he needs that much power....

And like the poster above said, ditch the SSD. You don't really need that. Unless you have the cash just laying around begging to be blown, spend that amount on some huge hard drives, to store all of your media!
All media is stored on my server. The 2TB drive you see there will be for my server. Misplaced there by accident. Going to add another 2TB onto my already 7TB server.
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post #14 of 18
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If this is strictly as a HTPC....

You can get 2TB HDDs for less than $70 shipped.

You only need a 30-40GB SSD at most.

Why bother with a Core 2 build? AMD Zacate or AM3 build is cheaper and provides better video. An Intel i3 2100 is another choice as well.
Going to look at the i3 2100 and a mobo that fits it well.
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It all looks solid, except maybe the drive. Not sure why you would want a SSD or only 80GB of capacity, but to each his own. I personally would go with HDDs with larger capacity for more media; 80GB can fill up pretty quick.
I could probably go lower on the SSD. Won't have too many programs loaded onto there. All media is stored on a server on my network. The 2TB drive has been added by mistake cause I will be added that to my server.
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post #16 of 18
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Also, I wanted SSD for the noise factor. The less noise this thing makes, the better.
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post #17 of 18
ssd won't really affect your media playing performance since it will be streamed from your server. it would affect how quick it takes your actual player to load but there would be no difference. it will affect your boot up times significantly though
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post #18 of 18
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ssd won't really affect your media playing performance since it will be streamed from your server. it would affect how quick it takes your actual player to load but there would be no difference. it will affect your boot up times significantly though
OP did state that he was also looking into an SSD because of noice.

However, hard drives BARELY make any noise.. I honestly would never get an SSD just for noise.. It's not worth it price-wise. Especially since most htpc's are near the tv, with the viewer (and listener) a good 5+ feet away.
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