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It seems kind of tricky.

First of all, I already bought the P8P67-M Pro.

An HTPC doesn't do much more than run video, so a 2500k will do.

On the other hand, video could also mean encoding, so maybe a 2600k is needed.

I also want to run 4k video. Just not sure which would be better for that.
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You could get away with one of the i3's without problems.

You'd be better off using a GPU and a player with hardware acceleration for something like 4k.
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You could get away with one of the i3's without problems.

You'd be better off using a GPU and a player with hardware acceleration for something like 4k.
I've got a GTX 480 going into it.

I'm talking about other video-related things, such as encoding 1080p.

Would the extra threads be useful for that?
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the i3's are great cpu's for HTCP's
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Track View Post
I've got a GTX 480 going into it.

I'm talking about other video-related things, such as encoding 1080p.

Would the extra threads be useful for that?
A GTX 480 isn't really optimal in an HTPC......
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A GTX 480 isn't really optimal in an HTPC......
This.

GT210 or 5450 is..
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This.

GT210 or 5450 is..


But I want to play Crysis.....
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But I want to play Crysis.....
Play it on your own PC then.
post #9 of 43
Then it's not really an HTPC is it?
If you're just playing back videos you're going to burn a whole lot more electricity than you need to with some crazy quad and a 480, when some i3 and low end GPU can perform exactly the same task.

Why don't you just encode on your normal rig instead?
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post #10 of 43
heres what you could do
encode on main rig

sell off the m-atx sandy board
buy a cheap AMD fusion solution
profit
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