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November 9, 2009 7:51:18 PM

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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November 9, 2009 9:29:52 PM

good build, i am assuming you have an os, and you are using onboard graphics?
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November 9, 2009 9:39:28 PM

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.
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November 9, 2009 9:43:18 PM

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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November 9, 2009 9:56:01 PM

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-serie...

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

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-chipset,23...

The build looks good and will make a nice HTPC.
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November 9, 2009 10:43:49 PM

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?
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November 9, 2009 11:02:03 PM

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
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November 10, 2009 1:24:07 AM

I cant remember the prices on them but you could try getting a 4 core athlon
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November 10, 2009 2:36:02 PM

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?
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November 11, 2009 12:02:11 AM

three core would work fine
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November 11, 2009 1:00:33 AM

Would I be able to unlock either of these?
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November 12, 2009 6:23:42 PM

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.
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November 13, 2009 12:46:52 PM

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?
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November 13, 2009 8:09:21 PM

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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