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Help with choosing CPU and mobo for media pc

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September 25, 2009 7:18:25 PM

Specs so far:


Modular PSU: Corsair 450 HX
HDD: iTB Eco Green
Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit, using MCE as the front end
Case: Antec Fusion Remote Max
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray
RAM: 2x2GB of RAM (brand and speed undecided)
TV Tuner card: Black Gold BGT3595 (apparently coming out next month)

Build needs to be as efficient and quiet as possible but powerful enough for bluray/1080p and streaming live tv to other computers/media extenders while recording 2 or even 3 channels at the same time (though this will not happen very often).

I have discounted ATI chipsets and have plumped for the nvidia 9300 or 9400 onboard graphics boards (can be full ATX as the case can take it, but not necessarily).

Would be grateful for your advice on the best board and a decent duo core cpu to go with it.

Thanks
a b V Motherboard
September 25, 2009 7:33:10 PM

athlon X2 240 would be plenty, pair it up with any AM3 socket 785G chipset

AMD Athlon II X2 240

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO

the athlon X2 is much more than sufficient for 1080P/blu-ray watching and streaming

if you do streaming you could use multicast from one computer and have multiple accept it (might not have to open multiple streams)
look up multicast streaming vlc media player
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