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Building a New HTPC

I am building my first HTPC. I want to store and play dvd and blu ray movies. I also want to keep this build under $500. Any and all comments are welcome.

Current Total: $481.93

1 GIGABYTE GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$94.99

1 PC Power and Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$39.99

1 Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $109.99

1 LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06
$59.99

1 APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
$24.99

1 OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
$78.99

1 AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core $66.00
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  1. good build, i am assuming you have an os, and you are using onboard graphics?
  2. Yes I have a copy of windows 7. I am not sure if I will use the 32 or 64 bit version. I was also planning on using the on board graphic hoping that with the side port memory it will be enough for blu Ray playback.
  3. It is, there is an HDMI output so I wouldn't worry too much. The IGP is a Radeon 3350, easily strong enough to render a Blu-Ray. I could be wrong, but in the worst case scenario, you will need to buy a 4670, which isn't even 50$.
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    The integrated graphics in the 785G are plenty for Blu Ray playback. It's actually a Radeon HD 4200 GPU, not 3350 as stated above. The 780G used a Radeon HD 3200 GPU.

    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/chipsets/7-series-integrated/Pages/amd-785G-chipset.aspx

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/17328

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-chipset,2381.html

    The build looks good and will make a nice HTPC.
  5. The only other thing I was thinking about was a faster CPU. The one that I was looking at was a 95 watt CPU. Do you think that would run too hot?
  6. roadrunner75 said:
    The only other thing I was thinking about was a faster CPU. The one that I was looking at was a 95 watt CPU. Do you think that would run too hot?


    no it's good, get a heatsink
  7. I cant remember the prices on them but you could try getting a 4 core athlon
  8. I will be putting this guy in a media cabnet with everything else. It will not have good air flow so I was a little concerned about heat. What I am hearing now is that I was a little too worried about that? Should I go with something like a AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor?
  9. three core would work fine
  10. Would I be able to unlock either of these?
  11. With any three-core product, you may or may not be able to unlook the 4th. It's a gamble; take it only if you can live with three cores for the price.
  12. Thats funny that you mention that because i just unlocked mine today :)))))))))))

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/254737-29-unlock-phenom-with-asus-m4a785td
  13. That is great. Is sound like the Phenom's and the only ones that can really be unlocked. Why do the Athlon's not have the same chances?
  14. Not sure, the reason the phenom's work is because a 2 core phenom is a 4 core with 2 miscut cores

    the 2 and 3 core atholons may have not been made this way
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