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Hello from Denmark!

Ive been reading alot on Avsforum, HWT, and silentpcreview. Based upon that ive compiled a list of stuff for my new HTPC. It already costs a whopping 11064 Danish Kroner = 1870.34 USD. So i need to be sure before i buy it.

Requirements: Windows 7/Vista /PowerDVD and Seamless Blu-ray content, and X264/MKV/VC1 . Most of the media will be HD Scene releases.

It will not be used for any gaming at all, so the GFX is just for allegedly to boost Picture Quality (Does any trust onboard gfx? I´m still quite suspicious after reading avs forums). Other processes would be NewsLeecher,NAS, torrent and streaming of Radio.

Ive also added some extra 120mm fans in case the tri cool fans in the Antec ones are noicy.

I plan on buying 6 external USB drives, since they can power down completely and hence save power, so the HTPC will also serve as a NAS. These will be added later because im already bleeding!

It has to be whisper quiet, and i hope to build a pc that wont draw too much power. But i wont sacrifice smooth play for a CO2 friendly HTPC. So im in a dilemma with the CPU, mobo, gfx after reading. Ive always bought Intel/Nvidia because of better support on drivers and ease free setup, but there are so many mixed AMD fanboy reviews of AMD 5050e/Gigabyte HD3300.

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...ics-cards.html

Core 2 Duo E7400 3 MB (Intel Boxed) 871 kr. 864 kr.
Cooler Master GeminII S 190 kr. 190 kr.
Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H 979 kr. 974 kr
LG GGCH20L Super Multi Blue 800 kr. 790 kr.
Corsair VX450W 464 kr. 463 kr
Corsair XMS2 2 x 2 GB 320 kr. 309 kr
Antec VERIS Fusion Remote Max 1.210 kr. 1.112 kr
Logitech diNovo Edge (Dansk) (Bluetooth) 937 kr. 937 kr.
Gainward 9500GT (1 GB) 484 kr. 484 kr.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium w/SP1 (Dansk) (Licens og medie) 750 kr.
WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 1 TB 726 kr x 2 1452.
WD Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500 GB 710 kr.
Nexus 120mm Real Silent Case Fan D12SL-12 (Hvid / Sort) 68 kr. x 136 kr.
Noctua NF-S12-800 113 kr. x2 226
Digital Everywhere FloppyDTV C/CI with Viaccess CAM 1.599 kr.

So will this machine run quiet, smooth? Comments would be much apreciated!
 

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IMO that's way toi much money to spend for a HTPC unit. First of all with GPU HD video decoding you don't need a beefy processor at all... NOt saying the E7400 is beefy, but you could go a lot cheaper. Also AMD owns right now for the HTPC market -- grab yourself an AMD mobo with with a 780G or GX chipset -- and use that onboard graphics for your video-- it's great for HTPC -- trust me-- no worries-- it's got HD video decode onboard that does a wonderful job-- and then grab yourself a low-power Athlon CPU for the processor.

GOod 780G HDMI mobo from Gigabyte--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128382

AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103255

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 -- some good DDR2 800 for the cheaper--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231084
 

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What about driver support for the mobo/gfx? Ive read alot of bad reviews of ATI´s drivers, and the savings for just switching mobo/CPU/GFX is no more than 200$ MAX (in our webshops).

So im looking for some reasons to switch and also looking for ideas and alternativs for the rest of my hardware choices


Ps. my gf will not allow failure as she is buying it for us! Nothing else than butter smooth Desperate Housewives will do
 

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Originally Posted by drjake View Post
What about driver support for the mobo/gfx? Ive read alot of bad reviews of ATI´s drivers, and the savings for just switching mobo/CPU/GFX is no more than 200$ MAX (in our webshops).

So im looking for some reasons to switch and also looking for ideas and alternativs for the rest of my hardware choices


Ps. my gf will not allow failure as she is buying it for us! Nothing else than butter smooth Desperate Housewives will do

I've had nothing but good experiences with ATI drivers-- along with most other ppl I think-- mostly the driver"issues" are just rumours as far as I'm concerned-- ATI fanboys say the same things about nvidia drivers.
 

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Get a Logitech diNovo Mini instead of the Edge. I love mine. It leaves a lot more room on the coffee table. Something just doesn't feel right about using a full-blown keyboard in front of a TV.
 

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IMO that's way toi much money to spend for a HTPC unit. First of all with GPU HD video decoding you don't need a beefy processor at all... NOt saying the E7400 is beefy, but you could go a lot cheaper. Also AMD owns right now for the HTPC market -- grab yourself an AMD mobo with with a 780G or GX chipset -- and use that onboard graphics for your video-- it's great for HTPC -- trust me-- no worries-- it's got HD video decode onboard that does a wonderful job-- and then grab yourself a low-power Athlon CPU for the processor.

GOod 780G HDMI mobo from Gigabyte--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128382

AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103255

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 -- some good DDR2 800 for the cheaper--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231084
Keep in mind that it's Denmark. Stuff here is 3x expensive compared to US/newegg.

It's a nice compact build.
 

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Thanks alot for your replys. They have been most helpfull! Ive changed the setup and saved a bit without compromise so the new system is only 1567.45 USD


That means ill be able to get a nice reciever also!!! Onkyo 876

LG GGCH20L Super Multi Blue 800 kr. 789 kr
Corsair VX450W 464 kr.
Corsair XMS2 2 x 2 GB 320 kr.
Antec VERIS Fusion Remote Max 1.210 kr.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium w/SP1 (Dansk) (Licens og medie) 750 kr.
WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 1 TB 726
Nexus 120mm Real Silent Case Fan D12SL-12 (Hvid / Sort) 68 kr.
Noctua NF-S12-800 113 kr.
Digital Everywhere FloppyDTV C/CI with Viaccess CAM 1.599 kr.
Athlon X2 5050e 1 MB (AMD Processor in a Box (PIB)) (Cooler (fansink)) 452 kr.
Scythe NINJA mini SCMNJ-1000 257 kr. 257 kr. 0,00 % 257 kr.
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 524 kr. 524 kr. 0,00 % 524 kr.
Sapphire RADEON HD 4670 Ultimate Edition (Begrænset version) (512 MB) 573 kr.
Logitech diNovo Mini (Dansk) (Bluetooth) 807 kr. 807 kr.
 

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I use a Gigabyte Radeon HD 4550 512MB DDR3 and passive cooling in my antec fusion with energy efficient amd cpu.
Near as maked no difference to silent, (only noise to be heard is hdd or dvd spin, nothing from case), and handles all blu-ray, hd dvd and hd mkv's up to 1080p smooth as the proverbial.
 
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