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Well that build should make you a nice HTPC for the foreseeable future. Good luck:thumb:
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Thank you very much smile.gif

Any advice is still welcome biggrin.gif

Also, any idea about how you go about circumventing macrovision/CGMS for HD input streams? I know of the Video Stabilisers, but have only found a SD one not HD.

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by Aeogenia;12944433 
Why not? The LGA1155 platform does not ad anything usefull for an HTPC and LGA1156 boards are still cheaper and better available...
LGA-1155 boards don't cost that much more. Perhaps just an extra $10~20 or so. If I were him, I'd go with this board: [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004OA3V7Q/"]Gigabyte SKT-1155 H67MA-UD2H-B3 Motherboard: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]

paired with this CPU: [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NPK/"]Intel i3-2100 SandybridgeCore i3 Quad-Core Processor ? 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]


Right now, unless you can re-use some older parts, it doesn't make much sense to still stick with LGA-1156 when you can get LGA-1155 for around the same price while netting better performance.

As for Sandy Bridge not adding anything to the HTPC, it has 3D support, lower power consumption than even Clarkdale and semi-fixed 24p (by disabling UAC).
Edited by rui-no-onna - 3/31/11 at 7:57am
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@rui-no-onna but that boards not mATX so it wouldn't fit in the case? I couldn't find a 1155 board that was mATX
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@rui-no-onna but that boards not mATX so it wouldn't fit in the case? I couldn't find a 1155 board that was mATX
It's microATX. You could actually tell that from the product name.

H67/H67A = ATX
H67M = microATX
H67N = Mini-ITX
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Oh right I see... Hmm thanks, i'm revising my choices now biggrin.gif
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OK revised components:

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Components:
Case - Antec Fusion Remote Silver
PSU- CoolerMaster SilentPro 500w
CPU- Intel i3-2100T SandyBridge (35W TDP)
CPU Cooler- Is a diff one from stock needed? If so, Scythe Big Shuriken ??
Mobo- GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 1155 Socket MicroATX
RAM- 2x2GB 1333MHZ DDR3 Corsair XMS TW3X4G1333C9A
SSD - (For OS)64GB Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT Nova
Storage- 2TB Western Digital Caviar SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch
Optical- LG WH10LS30 Blu Ray Burner/Rewriter
Capture Card - Hauppauge Colossus Internal PCIe card (which has HD in and out)
Graphics Card - Asus 1GB Radeon HD 5450 Silent DDR3 with Low Profile Bracket
OS- Windows 7 32/64 bit

Thoughts?
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OK revised components:

Thoughts?
Should be very good. There's no need to go with the i3-2100T as the regular i3-2100 is already pretty low power. At idle (which your CPU will be most of the time), both processors will use around the same power (+/- 1 watt). The only difference will be at load and even then, it's not going to be that big. Sandy Bridge (even the quad-core models) have insanely low idle power consumption and pretty good power consumption at load considering its performance.
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Thanks, its minimal price difference though so i'll probably just go with the 2100T anyways.
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Thanks, its minimal price difference though so i'll probably just go with the 2100T anyways.
Meh, not really worth going with the i3-2100T. The difference between i3-2100 and i3-2100T is a mere 4~5W at load and pretty much the only reason for that is because the i3-2100T is slower.
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