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Since you specifically mentioned anime, some hardware players have half-assed support for some subtitle formats. I have a Popcorn Hour A110 and I moved to HTPC's because of the subtitle issue. Also had some older fansubs (G Gundam, Bt'X, etc) that didn't play nice with the hardware decoder on the PCH. Your PC's pretty overkill just for media playback. Given the 9800 GTX+ only supports VP2 and has pretty high power consumption, I suggest you consider selling it for a lower-power GT 520 or HD 6450.

You could also swap out the Q6700 for a low-power Pentium E5000 or Celeron E3000.
Yeah, subs and weird encoding worry me, that's why I am considering turning this into an HTPC. So things I have to sell/replace Q6700 and GTX+

Does my asus motherboard even support either of those CPU's? I can't find any info on it.

It might turn out to cost more than another alternative. Hmmm

Edit: Also, should I cut the mem down to 2 GB too? To reduce power consumption. And will my 550w PSU be a problem?
Edited by komichi - 4/22/11 at 3:27pm
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Asus p5n75-AM
Are you sure that's the motherboard you have? I can only find a reference to Asus P5N73-AM which uses the GeForce 7050 chipset. The P5N73-AM supports 45nm processors so that means yes on the Celeron E3000/Pentium E5000.

4GB is good. RAM uses very little power so I wouldn't bother reducing that. It's not really worth downgrading your PSU, either. The electricity cost savings due to increase in efficiency is negligible.

You don't really have to swap out the Q6700. I'm just a bit biased against it because my Q6600 was a major space heater. Always had to turn off the PC during summer. Great for winter, though. Didn't have to turn on the heater. I'd just leave the PC running. Not really sure how much you can sell the Q6700 for so replacing the CPU might not be a good value.

However, you should be able to sell the 9800 GTX+ for at least $50 and a replacement HTPC-centric card can cost as little as $20 (albeit it would have much lower in performance in gaming).
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Are you sure that's the motherboard you have? I can only find a reference to Asus P5N73-AM which uses the GeForce 7050 chipset. The P5N73-AM supports 45nm processors so that means yes on the Celeron E3000/Pentium E5000.

4GB is good. RAM uses very little power so I wouldn't bother reducing that. It's not really worth downgrading your PSU, either. The electricity cost savings due to increase in efficiency is negligible.

You don't really have to swap out the Q6700. I'm just a bit biased against it because my Q6600 was a major space heater. Always had to turn off the PC during summer. Great for winter, though. Didn't have to turn on the heater. I'd just leave the PC running. Not really sure how much you can sell the Q6700 for so replacing the CPU might not be a good value.

However, you should be able to sell the 9800 GTX+ for at least $50 and a replacement HTPC-centric card can cost as little as $20 (albeit it would have much lower in performance in gaming).
My Q6700 dies in the summer too without the case taken apart. I'll go for a gt 520 if I can find a good one, and sell the gtx+
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For the RAM, 2 gigs is enough, but since you already have 4, just use it.
I had 4 in my main HTPC for over a year, but then built another computer and needed some RAM, so took 2 out of the HTPC, never noticed a difference.
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So comparing http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...49&CatId=7005# to like a GT 520, what am I getting with the latter choice? And why is it so hard to find it in sold somewhere?
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So comparing http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...49&CatId=7005# to like a GT 520, what am I getting with the latter choice? And why is it so hard to find it in sold somewhere?
HD 4000: UVD2.2
HD 5000: UVD2.2, HD audio bitstreaming
HD 6000: UVD3, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming
GF 200: VP4, 3D
GF 400: VP4, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming
GF 500: VP4, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming

GT 520 is new and supports 3D. I think it was released just this month which probably explains the lack of availability. If you don't need 3D support, one of the older cards (HD 4550, HD 5450, often found for $20 after MIR) should work well enough for you.
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HD 4000: UVD2.2
HD 5000: UVD2.2, HD audio bitstreaming
HD 6000: UVD3, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming
GF 200: VP4, 3D
GF 400: VP4, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming
GF 500: VP4, 3D, HD audio bitstreaming

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Awesome, just going to grab the cheapest of the bunch!
post #18 of 25
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I managed to sell that set up for 320. And Got an i7 for 170. With a spare x58 mobo, psu, and 2 gb from the 12gb on my main comp, I think this is even more overkill for an HTPC now, but it should be more energy efficient than the past set up.

What kind of CPU fan should I invest in for a quieter environment?
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You mentioned X58 meaning LGA-1366. I think you're just about break even on the power consumption front... I know for sure Bloomfield uses more power than Yorkfield. That's one of the reasons I skipped early Nehalem/Bloomfield. Just not sure how it compares to Kentsfield. Oh well, if it ends up costing you cheaper, might as well.

If it were LGA-1156 Lynnfield or LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge, then those are definitely more power efficient.
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post #20 of 25
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Dammit lol, this is so much harder than it needs to be.

I might just go with this since it'll be cheaper for me, like if I went with celeron, I would have to buy ram, mobo, case for it, which would cost about the same? and I would waste the dell case and x58 with cpu fan ~_~

In the long term though, I won't leave the HTPC on 24/7, would I see a noticeable difference in my electricity bill?

I will probably use it an hour to two hour a day.
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