im building a new low budget htpc and i need your opinion. Right now the build cost is 500 without a mouse, keyboard, remote. i don%u2019t want the build going over 600 and i would like to keep the price as low a possible.
Why are you buying a separate video card? Your motherboard has excellent onboard graphics for an HTPC set up. I would spend the $75 on something else. But to answer your question, yes it will do xfire but I think it will be a complete waste for your set up. Also, is the 7.1 sound a must? Again, your motherboard already has 5.1 audio I believe thanks to HDMI. If you don't like the sound, you could buy the soundcard later. Oh and you're not putting a tuner card into your box? As for keyboard and mouse I would go with the logitech S 510 wireless desktop.
i think i wont get the video card and if i feel like i need it later i will buy it. i will put in a tuner card in later when i get more money. i hate on board sound so if i dont get the video card ill put some more money towards a sound card. that mouse and keyboard looks like a good deal thanks for the suggestion.
ill probably add a bluray drive in the future
ill be using windows vista home premium 32 bit
do you have any ideas for cpu cooling that will fit in that case there is 3 inch clearance for a cpu cooler
According to this chart, the 2600XT you picked out isn't compatible with hybrid crossfire on a 780G board: http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/images/crossfirex/CF_...
So if you do decide to get a video card down the line, make sure you choose another. Although, I doubt it will make any noticeable difference.
I was under the impression that the 780G will only hybrid crossfire with the 3450 and 3470 cards, NOT with higher end ones like the 2600. Check out the 780G review to make sure, but I'm pretty sure u can't (unless u meant doing xfire with 2 discrete cards).
That being said, why exactly are you looking to xfire it? This is a HTPC is it not? Or are you planning on gaming on it as well?
Also, as jeb pointed out, you don't seem to have a tuner in ur build. Would it be correct to assume that you already have one lying around and are planning to use that? Otherwise, it is a must have for a HTPC, unless ur just planning to watch IPTV, predownloaded videos, or DVDs.
This might be a little expensive but I've heard good things and its about the same price as your video and sound card. If you get something else, make sure it has a digital tuner for over the air HDTV signals. Also, this one comes with a remote and should work with vista media center.
From personnel experience, you might want to include a Microsoft remote control in your list. Since this is an HTPC I suppose that you'll be hooking it up to cable eventually. If you're cable is using a ''box'' before going into you're TV than it's pretty much a must. When I bought mine it was around 40$ CDN. You could probably save some money on the CPU as previously mentioned if the only thing you'll be doing is record/watch/movies and music. You don't need a powerful processor for that. I am using an intel 2180 but I could have gone with something even weaker and it would have done the job.