HTPC Only system (no gaming) - advice? Tags: New Build Media Center Systems Product Last response: March 6, 2010 2:16 AM in Systems Share heyref2k February 22, 2010 2:48:40 AM I'm rebuilding my Media Center. Looking for advice on whether I'm buying too much or too little. My usage for this box will be strictly as a Windows Media Center with BluRay (no gaming). Here's what I plan to buy: MB: MSI 785GM-E65 CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1 Ghz 65W dual core OR: AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7Ghz 95W triple cor MEM: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) VIDEO: onboard ATI Radeon HD 4200 AUDIO: onboard Realtek ALC889 (7.1 with S/PDIF out) PSU: Antec EA380D Green I already have: - HDHomeRun digital tuners - NVidia DualTV analog tuners - Blueray drive (SATA) - 1TB SATA drive - Nice Case - Windows 7 I considered the MSI Media Live DIVA motherboard, but I need a PCI slot for the tuners I have. My main question: am I buying too much or too little CPU and Memory? Is it better to get slightly lower speed to get the triple core (for same price)? Thanks! [Message originally posted in Home Theatre forum by mistake] More about : htpc system gaming advice MadAdmiral February 22, 2010 11:52:10 AM I would actually go with an i3/H55 onboard graphics setup. The onboard you have is slightly underpowered for full 1080p playback. Here's a combo with the i3-530 and Asus P5H55-M Pro for $215. You don't need a powerful CPU or lots of memory for an HTPC. If all you're doing is playing media, you definitely don't need a triple core. heyref2k March 6, 2010 2:16:26 AM well, I went with the triple core. And it's working very well. Now if only the MCE software were better. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : Forum:: Advice needed for a Gaming/HTPC System :: ForumNeed advice on my Gaming HTPC build ForumNeed advice for HTPC gaming build ForumAdvice on New LGA2011 Build ( HTPC & Moderate Gaming ) Forum~$1100 Gaming/HTPC , need advice & opinions please ForumHow to Ask for New Build Advice ForumTroubleshooting ForumAdvice ? File Server / HTPC with 8 HDDs ForumHTPC/Gaming build, Need Advice ! ForumFirst HTPC + Infinitv4 Build Advice ForumNew HTPC System need advice ForumFirst time builder seeks HTPC build advice ForumAdvice and info on building an HTPC ForumHTPC Build advice on my parts and needs. ForumNeed input on Building Good Gaming System...HTPC Forum[New System Build] Budget gaming , HTPC Forum[New System Build]~$1000 HTPC/Gaming ForumGaming/HTPC System Recomendations ForumHelp Building $700 Gaming PC Forum1600 Game system requesting comments More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !