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Play it on your own PC then.
But the HTPC is connected to a 1080p projector....
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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?
What? HTPC doesn't mean low power, low performance. It can have whatever you want in it. Any combination of parts integrated into the home theater is an HTPC.

He wants to play games on his TV, and it would be stupid to keep moving his main system. If he permanently moved his main system to his TV area it would now be a so called HTPC.

If it's a system JUST for movies and other media files your suggestion is fine, but if someone intends on playing games(which a lot of people do on their TV's) you need a better GPU.

Although the OP should be more clear in the original post that he wants to play high end games as well. You could get away with the i3, and just encode with your main system. Don't really see the point in typing up a projector just to encode some stuff.
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Originally Posted by horsemama1956
rabble rabble
I was going off of the OP's own definition of a HTPC as quoted in the original post:
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An HTPC doesn't do much more than run video, so a 2500k will do.
Based on that statement, it appears that the OP has a hyper-inflated idea of system requirements.
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But the HTPC is connected to a 1080p projector....
But your PC is hooked up to a gorgeous 2560 display...

You want a proper desk to play games on. Using mouse and keyboard on a couch is just a pain.
    
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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.
Huh?

An Athlon x2 and a GT220 would be MORE than capable for that. Why in earth would you need a 2500k to do that?

And you could do encoding more than comfortably on a 2500k, a 2600k wouldn't be NEEDED.

And a GTX480 in a HTPC?

My overall impression to this is;



As other members have pointed out. You seem abit delusional. Or you're just trolling.
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I was going off of the OP's own definition of a HTPC as quoted in the original post:

Based on that statement, it appears that the OP has a hyper-inflated idea of system requirements.
No, I just didn't put gaming into it because both the 2500k and 2600k have fantastic gaming performance.

The question is not whether the 2600k is better for games.
The question is - why get the 2600k besides that?

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But your PC is hooked up to a gorgeous 2560 display...

You want a proper desk to play games on. Using mouse and keyboard on a couch is just a pain.
No no. My 3007WFP-HC is hooked up to my main rig.

This HTPC is for my dedicated projector room.

On my main, I will play FPS and RTS games and on this, I assume.. games that I can play with a gamepad, or emulators.

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Huh?

An Athlon x2 and a GT220 would be MORE than capable for that. Why in earth would you need a 2500k to do that?

And you could do encoding more than comfortably on a 2500k, a 2600k wouldn't be NEEDED.

And a GTX480 in a HTPC?

My overall impression to this is;

As other members have pointed out. You seem abit delusional. Or you're just trolling.
Just because you have the problem solving ability and creativity of a common dust rag.. isn't my problem.

Yes, a GTX 480 in an HTPC. As was already said, an HTPC isn't a low-powered tiny computer capable of only playing movies. Get out of the 90s.
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What? HTPC doesn't mean low power, low performance. It can have whatever you want in it. Any combination of parts integrated into the home theater is an HTPC.

He wants to play games on his TV, and it would be stupid to keep moving his main system. If he permanently moved his main system to his TV area it would now be a so called HTPC.

If it's a system JUST for movies and other media files your suggestion is fine, but if someone intends on playing games(which a lot of people do on their TV's) you need a better GPU.

Although the OP should be more clear in the original post that he wants to play high end games as well. You could get away with the i3, and just encode with your main system. Don't really see the point in typing up a projector just to encode some stuff.
You're right it does not. A GTX 480 however defeats the purpose of an HTPC. A GTX 480 has a high power draw/heat output and will be really noisy for an HTPC. It's a truly great gaming card, but crammed inside a small HTPC build it will do more harm than good. A 6790/GTX 550 Ti should even come with more advanced HTPC features such as HDMI 1.4a as well.
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You're right it does not. A GTX 480 however defeats the purpose of an HTPC. A GTX 480 has a high power draw/heat output and will be really noisy for an HTPC. It's a truly great gaming card, but crammed inside a small HTPC build it will do more harm than good. A 6790/GTX 550 Ti should even come with more advanced HTPC features such as HDMI 1.4a as well.
No, actually I found that my old HR-03 8800 GTX heatsink fits on my GTX 480, so it's virtually silent and has great temps.. although, I had to cut out my case to use it. Luckily, I was able to make it look good enough.

And I really don't think it matters if it draws more power. Why should I care?

An HD 6790 or 550 Ti wouldn't allow me to play Crysis @ 1080p on my massive 110" screen. So..
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Just because you have the problem solving ability and creativity of a common dust rag.. isn't my problem.

Yes, a GTX 480 in an HTPC. As was already said, an HTPC isn't a low-powered tiny computer capable of only playing movies. Get out of the 90s.
What? That doesnt even make sense, my point about an Athlon X2 being enough for playing video was completely true.

Have you taken a blow to the head recently?

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No, actually I found that my old HR-03 8800 GTX heatsink fits on my GTX 480, so it's virtually silent and has great temps.. although, I had to cut out my case to use it. Luckily, I was able to make it look good enough.

And I really don't think it matters if it draws more power. Why should I care?

An HD 6790 or 550 Ti wouldn't allow me to play Crysis @ 1080p on my massive 110" screen. So..
Also screensize is completely irrelavant, theres no performance difference between 1080p on a 7" screen or 1080p on a 700" screen.

You making this thread was abit pointless though huh.
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Have you taking a blow to the head recently?
I rest my case.


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Also screensize is completely irrelavant, theres no performance difference between 1080p on a 7" screen or 1080p on a 700" screen.
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