Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

help me build an HTPC

Last response: in Systems
Share
July 9, 2014 4:52:34 PM

So I have close to 150 dvds/blu rays I want to back up onto a computer, and I have recently been using my 6 year old HP computer as an HTPC but its slow and buggy and ive been wanting more. So i think i want to build an HTPC, and I have a couple questions.

1. how much storage would I need to back up all the movies.(about 50 are blu ray and 100 are DVD).

2. should I get a high core count processor, like an AMD, to help with the ripping and encoding?

3. would i bet able to get a mini itx board for a multi core processor?

4. can you recommend a build that would be best for me?? my budget is between $500-$600

More about : build htpc

July 9, 2014 5:03:22 PM

1. I think you'll be good with a 1TB, 2TB would be even better

2. Intel has Quick Sync which can encode using dedicated hardware but quality is a bit worse than software and not sure about ripping. I suggest AMD apu

3. yes mitx is fully featured these days

4. brb :) 
m
0
l

Best solution

July 9, 2014 5:50:05 PM

Nice powerful HTPC

If you want more GPU power you can get a dGPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85N Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.67 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.31 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($42.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $524.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Share
Related resources
July 9, 2014 5:58:02 PM

stickmansam said:
Nice powerful HTPC

If you want more GPU power you can get a dGPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85N Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.67 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.31 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($42.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $524.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


Thanks!!! and just to make sure, the i3 you suggested would get me better performance for ripping and encoding and streaming HD movies than something like an A10 would?
m
0
l
July 9, 2014 6:06:09 PM

streaming HD, both would be fine

GPU in games in the one area Intel is a bit behind but HTPC, isn't much of a concern

ripping is all CPU/storage so Intel should be faster

encoding really depends on your specific program.

Basically speed wise VCE(AMD) >=Quicksync (slightly lower quality I think) > OpenCL > Intel CPU > AMD CPU

AMD would be better for a $400 HTPC but at $500, Intel can differentiate itself
m
0
l
!