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Greaaaat HTPC Value Build....I hope

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February 6, 2010 6:40:32 PM



G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO
......................................................................................................$114.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
.......................................................................................................$54.99


ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
........................................................................................................$84.99


COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
....................................................................................................... $49.99


AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
......................................................................................................$171.98


Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
.....................................................................................................$154.98
Grand Total: $631.92


Would consider i5 without graphics card if better and maybe 550 be unlocked if also considered better.
February 6, 2010 9:17:14 PM

You don't want to be doing any overclocking/unlocking in an HTPC. It will just add heat, and you don't actually need the processing power.

Is this PC just going to be used for as an HTPC, or are there other uses (gaming, encoding, etc.)? If not, I would definitely go with an i3/H55 build and use it's integrated graphics.

Another thing I would definitely consider is switching that GPU for one of ATI's new 5xxx series. Specifically, the new 5450 ($50), 5670 ($100) or HD 5770 ($150). These cards will run very quiet and very cool. In addition, they will allow you to run audio through their HDMI.

That said, it's a pretty good build.
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February 7, 2010 12:32:21 AM

Definitely swap out the 4770 for the HD5750 or HD5770. If you're not gaming go with the HIS HD5670.

I think though, you can get the same HTPC feature set out of the i3/H55 combo with one less moving part and a lot less money than the AMD/mobo/GPU combo you have.

HTPC + Gaming = Athlon II x4/AMD 770 mobo/5750 or 5770 GPU
HTPC = i3/H55
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February 7, 2010 11:03:59 AM

I am planing on usinf the computer to watch video, browse internet, and do soe simple graphic design for my glass business. The primary use would be to watch internet video from networks/hulu/OTA on both my 22" monitor as well as my 36" 1080p TV. I was hoping the computer would take the video and upscale it and make it look good on both of these devices. The computer would be located in my office and would hopefully stream above content to my PS3 in the living room to take advantage of it's up-scaling abilities for use with my HDTV. I am willing to pay for the video card if it will help do what i am wanting. Is the onboard graphics on the i3 as good as the 5750 and 5770. What about the i5? Should i locate the PC in my living room and hook directly to my TV and stream to my office instead?
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February 7, 2010 12:32:51 PM

The 5750 and 5770 are better than onboard.

If you're talking about the i5-6xx, they are a waste of money. Anything you would use the i5-6xxs for you could do with an i3 at a cheaper price. In addition, their price puts them above the i5-750, which is a much better CPU.
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February 7, 2010 12:45:27 PM

Are the integrated graphics on the i5 any better than on the i3? Is the i3 or i5 alone enough to do what i am looking to do or should i be adding a gpu. Do you have any recommendations on my location issues?
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February 7, 2010 4:39:19 PM

I don't know if integrated is better with the i5. However, an i3 is good enough for what you're doing.

It would probably be easier to leave the HTPC by the TV and stream to the office. I believe this is very easy with Windows 7, but that requires it to be installed on both PCs.
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