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Suggestion on HTPC for 58” 1080 TV

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March 10, 2010 5:27:22 PM


Hello everyone-

I am looking for a HTPC for my Samsung PN58N560 (1080p 58” TV). I am hoping to get a micro ATX or HTPC case and a 1 GB video card. I tried using my laptop which had a Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 and a ATI Raedon with 512mb (it was a dell 14z) and it lagged quite a bit when I put the settings in “1080p 24.”

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of March
BUDGET RANGE: 650-850
After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Sole purpose streaming HD content online (occasionally HD video from a hard drive).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don’t need keyboard, mouse or a monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Houston TX USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Intel CPU over AMD

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 58” 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need windows 7, please also include a wireless b/g/n card into the pricing

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March 10, 2010 5:55:24 PM

CPU/Mobo: i3-530 and GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H $185
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $105

Total: $605. This will use integrated graphics, but its the super integrated graphics. It's prefect for using as an HTPC as it can display at 1080p without any problems.
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March 10, 2010 7:05:42 PM

it doesnt seem to say there is an integrated video card on new egg's website?
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March 10, 2010 7:08:26 PM

The i3 was specially made to have integrated graphics. The board doesn't have it's own onboard video, it boosts the i3's integrated graphics.
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March 10, 2010 7:38:47 PM

Would that be competent enough to handle something that lets say a ATI radeon HD 4570 (512mb) could not handle? Also, would it have an HDMI port?
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March 10, 2010 7:42:43 PM

No. A discrete GPU will always beat integrated graphics. However, the current generations of integrated graphics (of which the i3 is on the cutting edge) are good enough for full HD playback (both video and audio), just not powerful enough for gaming.

It does have an HDMI port (the "HDMI" part of the board's description...).
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March 10, 2010 7:54:05 PM

but if my laptop was having troubles handling "1080p 24" wouldnt this new htpc have problems with it too?
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March 10, 2010 8:02:20 PM

No, because laptops are different from desktops. There are a number of factors that cause the difference. The desktop hardware is much, much more advanced than hardware for laptops. Lots of laptops also don't like playing anything outside of it's native resolution. Laptop HDDs, RAM and CPUs are all a lot slower than a desktop's. All of these factors could cause a big slow down.

If you want more info on what the i3/H55 can do, read through this review: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=370...

EDIT: I should add that the review focuses a lot on what you can do in gaming. Just playing videos is a lot less intense graphically than playing games. And 30+ FPS in games is absolutely amazing for integrated graphics.
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March 10, 2010 8:13:54 PM

Best answer selected by bolaber.
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March 10, 2010 8:20:27 PM

are there any micro ATX available btw?
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March 10, 2010 8:36:15 PM

Boards or cases? The board is a mATX board (the "M" in the name). As for cases, there are many, but I don't think you'd find a cheaper/better one than the Antec 300 Illusion.
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March 10, 2010 8:45:59 PM

micro atx case (cubed) or horizontal ones both would work
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March 10, 2010 9:13:11 PM

Just take a look on Newegg. Cases are pretty much a personal preference choice. You don't need to look for anything special.
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June 7, 2010 8:08:51 PM

MadAdmiral said:
CPU/Mobo: i3-530 and GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H $185
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $105

Total: $605. This will use integrated graphics, but its the super integrated graphics. It's prefect for using as an HTPC as it can display at 1080p without any problems.


Thanks for your post. I'm looking at building an HTPC now. Does this recommendation still stand? I have HDD/Case/Optical drive/OS already.
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