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January 17, 2010 10:13:37 AM

I am finding the current range of AMD CPU's and chipsets confusing.

If I go AMD I will get a 5670 video card because of it's onboard Blu-ray decoding and get a AM2+ chipset based mobo because I have spare DDR2 ram, one thing less to buy.

The task I want to do are 1080p Blu-ray, HD video playback and HD DVR recording.

Which CPU and chipset should I go with this?

The Phenom II x2 and x3 are in my price range but I don't know if they would be overkill for what I want to do.

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January 17, 2010 12:18:28 PM

The 790gx chipset has onboard video and uses ddr2. The amd regors work well, and the 240 is only $58. And frys had a sempron combo the other day for only $29.99 after rebate. Even that cpu would run your htpc fine.
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January 17, 2010 12:41:49 PM

o1die said:
The 790gx chipset has onboard video and uses ddr2. The amd regors work well, and the 240 is only $58. And frys had a sempron combo the other day for only $29.99 after rebate. Even that cpu would run your htpc fine.


I had no idea I could go for something as low end as a Sempron. I guess I'll have some extra cash to play with if I don't need to go high end.
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January 17, 2010 12:49:08 PM

i would reccomend the athlon x3 425 for $76

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

since you already getting a graphics card i would say get an amd 7 series board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 24, 2010 2:08:39 AM

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January 24, 2010 5:12:54 PM

Unless you just have to have TrueHD/DTS-HD MA bitstreaming or 5.1/7.1 PCM you do not need the Radeon HD 5670 video card.

This Gigabyte 785g / Regor 240 Combo will most likely under-volt a bit, under-clock and the IGP will off-load from the CPU a substantial amount of the BR decoding.

I run multi-channel PCM from the analog outs to my receiver. Sounds and works like a champ.
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