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February 12, 2010 1:52:34 PM

Will a I5-750 make any noticable improvement in a HTPC over a x4 635 propus. If so, in what areas of playing media of different types. I was considering the i3 but the amd 635 seems to beat it in just about all categories, plus it is a quad core

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February 12, 2010 3:08:34 PM

In a home-theatre PC, i would say no, not much difference at all over the x4 635. For gaming, yes, it will make a little bit of difference, but still not too much.

HTPC's are not as CPU-intensive as Gaming PC's, especially since the x4 635 is a decent CPU and should handle any HTPC task you throw at it...
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February 12, 2010 4:13:06 PM

Hi. what is your budget?
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February 12, 2010 4:36:20 PM

Also consider that if you go to an i5 750, you will need to buy a new motherboard.
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February 12, 2010 6:33:54 PM

$500-$700. Considered getting an i3 and overclocking it but unsure of what board to use. Even doing that it just comes up to scpes with the 635. Only upside is i could drop the gpu on the intel machine.
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February 12, 2010 6:44:21 PM

changing to the i3 is downgrading of sorts, it is a dual-core...
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February 12, 2010 6:52:44 PM

CPU $ 99,00 Here
MOBO $ 99,99 Here
RAM $ 99,99 Here
GPU $ 169,99 Here
HDD $ 54,99 Here
PSU $ 89,99 Here
CASE $ 61,99 Here

Total: $ 675,94 + MIR + SHIPPING

It's an AMD build, but is a very good build.
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February 12, 2010 10:54:12 PM

Would i gain anything by overclocking this rig
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February 12, 2010 11:08:31 PM

i5 seems a little overkill for a regular htcp eh?

Id shoot for low power and heat. Do you need 4 cores? I3 sounds right to me. Although your current setup seems fine to me, is it holding you back at all?

Hd video playback is a lot easier to run than most think.
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February 13, 2010 12:13:41 AM

currently have an hp dv6000 streaming to my ps3. I was assumming that building an HTPC like the one above would improve the quality of what i wass able to view and playback. Primary sources will internet and OTA
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