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Core 2 Quad Gaming HTPC Build

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July 1, 2009 2:26:44 AM

Hey guys, I just wanna get some feedback on this HTPC system I'm going to build. This is going to be hooked to a 40" samsung ln40a550 through HDMI and I want to be able to play games on it, watch movies, music. My limit is $900 but looking for less.

I also intend to store alot of media, pictures movies music etc.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB $100
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit $200
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V (12V@52A) $89
Logitech S 510 wireless keyboard/mouse $44
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $50
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 $105
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz $210
Antec 300 case $60
Some DVD burner $25

TOTAL: $885 after rebates

I'm mainly concerned about the power supply, whether its too much or too little, wattage wise and rail wise

Also will I be able to connect the onboard sound to a receiver with optical for 5.1 surround as long as the media supports it?

Finally, will the gtx or cpu be bottlenecked and is the 275 overkill for this setup? Im not a ultra graphics gamer but ill take it, my other choice is the gtx 260 core 216 for $30 cheaper. I want this system to last for a while and I don't want to get an i7. I do some solidworks and applications so I chose the quad over a duo.

Any other advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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July 1, 2009 6:32:50 AM

When considering if a video card is overkill, take your display into consideration. A GTX 260 is pretty much the best card you can get for a 1680 x 1050 display; anything more powerful than that is already too much for your monitor.

Also, IIRC, a motherboard that supports 5.1 will be able to stream sound to the receiver. How do you connect the transmitter to your computer, in any case?
July 1, 2009 3:20:22 PM

If you mean the receiver to the computer, then I'll be connecting from the onboard optical out of the mobo to my receiver and have the HDMI of the video card to the receiver as well.

Also, the display is 1080p and I want to play games in that resolution. I guess my real question is the 275 going to provide a worthwhile performance upgrade to the 260 with this monitor, or should I get it just to future proof a little bit?

At some point, I will probably get a ~24" monitor to connect this system to.

Thanks.
July 2, 2009 6:27:57 AM

bump... I was wondering if that psu will be sufficient for my setup, otherwise thanks for the responses.