I have come up with this list all I want is a small factor computer that I can put next to my hdtv and for it to be strong enough to play 1080p movies smoothly.
I do not need keyboard or mouse I just need the box.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: end of this month (budget: as low as possibe, $450 max)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (1080p movies, internet browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: the monitor obviously, keyboard, mouse, os (win7)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: dont have, just going for the cheapest thats why I picked amd
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
1. I would like it to be a quiet pc, since I will not oc this system the stock fan should be keeping the processor in good temps and run quiet?
2. Is the integrated nvidia 8100 strong enough to play 1080p movies without any tearing?
3. Can someone show me an ati motherboard since from waht I understand nvidia chipset does not send sound over hdmi cable and ati chipsets do
4. Do think 300w psu would be sufficient enough for this system (just making sure)
5. Is the 2.6ghz amd processor good enough for this?
Okay here is my listttt. Feel free to comment I'm looking forward to improving this
So you will be using onboard graphics on this? I can't guarantee it will play 1080p, but i don't see why not since it has HDMI....thats high def in itself ^_^ It might also depend on what kind of cable you use...
go dedicated graphics, and a 80 to 120 buck card to your build and youll be happy
if you dont you will be pissed by the performance, and using hdmi does not automatically mean HD, you set the resolution to what you want just like any other display adapter connection
thank you guys!
so I understand that motherboard will not cut it,
Does anyone know what integrated chipset for amd/ati motherboard will play hd?
The reason I wanted to use integrated is lower cost and one less fan running in the system haha
do you think that will cut it? I see that card has passive cooling so the system should run quietly....also since the motherboard has ati 3100 do you think those two chips will run in some kind of cross fire thingy...? I mean this is not a gaming machine obviously I'm just wondering
OK, I ran your numbers with Antec's calculator... It says that you need a 288W PS, which is being generous across the board. Granted, that is a quality PS at 300W, not just some cheap-o thing you run across.
Antec recommends their BP350, EA380, or NEO HE 380.
One more thing to consider is that you might be able to pick up a more powerful PS for the same money or less sometimes. You'd be better off doing that then. 500W Power Supplies are very common, and you could get a better deal, especially on Ebay. That way, it leaves more room for capacitor aging, and you could keep it around if you upgrade to something more power hungry later on.
Instead of going with a cheaper mobo and a discrete graphics card, take a look at the AMD 780G chipset (which is an HD 3200 graphics card). It is extremely popular for HTPCs because it can decode hi-def with no problem...no need for a separate graphics card. It will also cost you a little less overall, so win-win.
PSU wise, I think 500 watts is probably overkill. But it doesn't mean that you should skimp out. The PSU is one part that when you cut corners, it can come back on you. I would highly recommend this Antec case with built in PSU. The case/psu is about $25 more than had originally selected, but it is of far better quality. The PSU is an earthwatts (380 watts), which is not only efficient, but nice and quiet. The one downside is it is a small tower as opposed to a HTPC style case.
With a 780g, the processor you selected, and the antec case/psu, you would have a pretty nice system.