I'm trying to configure a new HTPC. looking for:
-gaming (not too fancy, not going for nvidia 260s)
-good network integration (i have about 5-6 comps on my home network)
-want blu-ray playback
-output to 1080P HDTV
-output sound to a reciever
-small form factor (pobably mATX)
-need firewire (gonna hook up countless vid cameras)
-easy to put together, i don't want a tough to use case
-500gb HDD (i've got this one already, is it enough until i get a home server? don't know the brand or model)
-i also have 4gbs of crucial ballistix pc6400, it's in 4 dimms, not 2, but it didn't work on mt asus p5n-e board, so it's just sitting there...is that a board problem, or a memory problem? should i buy new memory? also the gigabyte board only has 2 dimms, so i'd only get 2gbs on that board, hence why i quoted the g.skill sticks
i currently use an 8800gts 320 on my comp, the graphics are ok, not worth the price when i bought it, so i'm looking for something better, and i'm obviously using this at 1920x1080...probably a bit lower for games, but i'd like to be able to goto 1920 at maybe mid-high but not max settings on most games, probably 1680 at max...
is this a good config? i'm looking for as cheap as i can get with good features...
oh, and this adds up to roughly $1000, trying to get it cheaper though. under $1000 would be nice
The build looks good to me too. The only comment I have is do you really need Vista Ultimate? Vista Premium will get you all the media playing goodies you'll need and will save you some $$$.
I think you should try the Crucial RAM with the new build before buying the G.Skill. 2GB will be OK for a HTPC and that will save you more $$$. First chance you get though, run memtest86 on all 4 sticks of that Crucial RAM to find out if it's good.
Also, don't forget to budget for a wireless keyboard with good range and a VMC compatible remote.
i'm still deciding between 3850, 4670, and 9600...looking for something under $100, maybe a tad over.
I'll hold off on the RAM until i test the ballistix RAM, save 100 or so
Vista Ultimate is not necessary, it's just that newegg ain't selling home premium last i checked
i currently have 2 comps that need keyboards
one is an old Dell running XP Pro, it's got a wireless logitech 3200
the other is my custom PC from year before last, i used to use the logitech until i got a microsoft wireless entertainment 7000, though this keyboard is annoying when playing games because some buttons are not disabled in-game and accidentally pressing them can cause another program to launch or the comp to freeze, so i might just use this one on the HTPC and get my old logitech back
are there any suggestions for a wireless keyboard?
i'm also looking for a universal remote to go alongside this setup to control the following:
-mitsubishi 62" HDTV
- Toshiba and pioneer dvd player
-an old VCR
-my new HTPC
-my xbox 360 (would this even work with an xbox? it's a stretch, not 100% necessary)