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February 3, 2010 10:56:32 PM

I am looking to build my first HTPC. I have dropped DTV and will be watching online video as well as what can be had with TV tuner card. I also have a PS3 hooked up to a 1080p TV that i would like to stream to in order to take advantage of its abilities. Been looking at i3 vs Athlon II or Phenom. Not going to be gaming, mostly watching TV. I would like to do it as cheaply as possible, but do not want to be behind the software from the start. Looked at many diff options, just needed some advice.

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February 4, 2010 12:15:55 PM

What's your budget? What parts are reused? OS? Do you have a main rig? Is it a 2nd pc or server?
February 4, 2010 2:19:22 PM

I think what p55ibexpeak is saying is that we need more information in order to help you. Please edit your post to include all the information in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum so we can help you.
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February 4, 2010 2:51:37 PM

Just to get you started, here is a common setup for you that comes to a little less than $1000:

Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$220 combo

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$220 combo

Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
$90

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
$100

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
$94

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$90

Logitech diNovo Mini Black Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard - Retail
$140

Total = $964.91 before S&H

When you give us more input, we can tweak the above list for you.
February 4, 2010 8:25:48 PM

I am trying to solve an entertainment dilemma that was created by cutting off Direct TV. I was hoping to put a HTPC in my bedroom where it will be used for both work and watching TV/videos online. I was also hoping to stream video to my PS3 using TVersity or some similar product to take advantage of its up-scaling abilities in combination with my 1080 TV. Am i looking to do the right thing in building an HTPC. My hope is to spend less than 400-500$. The TV tuner can come later if necessary as we will still be able to watch shows through the networks. Considerations are as follows:

INTEL:
Rosewill R363-M-BK Black Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply ..............49.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive.....................................49.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - 104.99
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard w/
Core i3 530.......................................................219.98

Total.................................................................450.00/inclsh

AMD:
Athlon II x4 630 Propus
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ............................................170.00
Everything ese the same..................................205.00

Total.................................................................390.00/inclsh.
February 4, 2010 8:28:41 PM

Should I locate computer with TV and PS3 and stream to bedroom monitor or continue as stated above? Will PS3 upscale streamed video?
February 4, 2010 8:38:01 PM

I see a couple problems with your intended builds.

First, Rosewill makes very low quality power supplies. A quality PSU is the key to a stable system. You really need to spend a little more and get a quality PSU.

Second, the motherboard in your AMD build is not compatible with DDR3 RAM. I don't really see any reason to use a quad core, either, if this is strictly a HTPC. Are you planning on doing some video editing with this system? If not, a dual core would work fine for a HTPC. Here's a couple combo deals you might be interested in:

AMD Athlon II X4 630 + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H combo $183.98

AMD Athlon II X2 245 + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H combo $135.98

Here's an Antec HTPC case with PSU:

Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail $89.99
February 4, 2010 11:39:32 PM

Missed the memory Info. Thanks. I know it may be a litle much, but i figure i have some room to grow if i want. Also considered phenom 550 calisto. What comments do yo have about the room layout and upscaling of streaming video.
February 5, 2010 2:00:01 AM

what's better for upscaling video? unlocked 500 be or 630 propus
February 5, 2010 10:20:03 AM

should i get a lesser cpu and get a 5770 graphics card? Which would be best for uoscaling streaming video over the internet?
February 5, 2010 10:55:43 AM

Transcoding & streaming don't need a GPU. It's cpu & network dependent. You can get a $250-ish HTPC server with a ok-ish gpu for watching movies ON the HTPC. I think you can get by with IGP like the ATI HD 4200 that's on many mobos. Yes, it does HD. 5770 or the likes are for gaming. You don't game on pc. You got a PS3 for that.

Well, my family has a PS3 and they do stream from my home server running Ubuntu. I haven't figured out how to transcode MKV which is HD. Or I'm too lazy. PS3 is not my priority. My gaming PC is. PS3 can play AVI easily.

What my Ubuntu can do:

Web server (website, blog, forum, games, etc.)
File server (with Windows; you know, click Computer, and Network Drives, that easy)
Media server (with PS3 or anything that does uPnP like those $100 network media players)
P2P (too many choices to list)

It runs off a UPS, turns off after a set amount of time of blackout, loads up Ubuntu after power comes back. Fully automatic. I could set it up to update by itself, but this is a task I prefer to do manually. All the Linux software is free.
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