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. m 0 l 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. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources :: Advice needed for a Gaming/HTPC System :: Forum SolvedBuilding my 1st HTPC , choosing the right cpu ! (No Games only Movies) Forum Solved1st time build, need advice for quiet htpc/gaming build, on compatibility, as well as suggestions for improvement Forum SolvedAdvice! Hybrid HTPC/Gaming, First time build! Forum SolvedAdvice for an HTPC Gaming Build for $800 ? Forum SolvedNeed advice with gaming htpc first build Forum SolvedSFF Gaming rig/htpc $1k-1.5k advice/oppinions please Forum SolvedHTPC ONLY (I don't care about gaming) Forum SolvedUsing a GTX670 to only test a system with a 500 watt PSU (no gaming) Forum SolvedMaking new system HTPC for gaming and steam machine.HELP ): Forum SolvedAdvice on AVA Direct Build, No Gaming, function as HTPC Forum SolvedGeneral use/HTPC/Gaming build. Advice? Forum SolvedUpgrading i-3220 htpc to gaming rig, need some advice Forum SolvedNew HTPC System need advice Forum Need advice on a HTPC/Gaming (Steam) build with a $750 Budget Forum HTPC & Gaming Build Advice Forum SolvedGaming Pc $2000 in-depth advice only Forum SolvedRam originally at 16 gb however now system only reads 8gb causing crashes when gaming Forum Seeking advice for a $2500-$3000 Gaming & HTPC Forum Upgrading HTPC to a gaming machine. Need advice. Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !