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April 20, 2010 3:57:51 PM

Hello,
Looking to build a gaming and HDCP PC for entertainment system whats some video card recommendations.Dual/Quad Intel CPU, 4GB ram, ?????
52" LCDTV HDMI/5.1 stereo receiver

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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 4:09:52 PM

In addition, what's a HDCP PC? o.O


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April 20, 2010 4:50:40 PM

Home Theater-PC
(HTPC not HDPC sorry)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Next 6 mo.) BUDGET RANGE: (Video card $200-400) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Internet surfing & Hulu, Music playback with vid output)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ()

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, TigerDirect.com)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Intel CPU, Mid to Full tower room available-CoolMaster, MB gigabyte, Vid ATI/Nvidia, PSU?, )

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No - Single card solution perfered

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Samsung 52"LN52B630 1920 x 1080@120hz over HDMI (DVI/Dport to HDMI adaptor?))

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be a Windows 7Ult-64bit OS, DVD, 1-2TB harddrive, 4-6Gb ram, Intel cpu, Gigabyte motherboard model?, Wireless mouse/keyboard, 1gB Local lan connection, 6mb Cable Internet connetion.
Will only be used in living room hooked up to entertainment system with 52"LCD, Direct TV HD dvr, PS3, 5.1 Receiver/HDMI switch
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a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2010 5:06:28 PM

as for video card, anything that is recent that can play games (ie ATI 5770/5850 or higher, or NV GTX470/480) would handle home theater applications (ie playing blu rays) just fine

as for cpu, i would go for Phenom II X4 series or the intel i5-750, don't get the i5-6xx series or i3 as those are dual cores (yes, there are games utilizing more than 2/3 cores)
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April 20, 2010 5:11:27 PM

I am wanting to use this for HTPC and as Gaming PC, mostly First person and Real-time strategy titles (CNC4, Supreme comander2, DragonAge, Crysis, Left4dead)
Want to have good gaming playback on the 52" screen.
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a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2010 5:18:27 PM

DragonMage666 said:
I am wanting to use this for HTPC and as Gaming PC, mostly First person and Real-time strategy titles (CNC4, Supreme comander2, DragonAge, Crysis, Left4dead)
Want to have good gaming playback on the 52" screen.


like i said, anything that can play games well will easily be able to handle 1080P (that's what the 52" TV is), comparison, my HTPC has the ATI 4200 IGP and it can handle playback just fine

i would recommend the 5850 for playing those games (crysis takes a lot to play at decent settings @1080P)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 5:28:32 PM

An HTPC by definition is not a hardcore gaming PC. Sounds like what you want is a gaming PC and you just happen to be hooking it up to a TV rather than a monitor. In this case we'd need an overall budget for the system.

It's not the size of a screen that matters, it's the resolution. Some of those giant 50 ft tall billboards in Time Square are only 800 x 600 resolution and can be run on an integrate GPU. On the other hand, a small 22" monitor at 1920x1080 requires many times the processing power despite being about 1/1000 the size of the billboard.

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April 20, 2010 5:48:33 PM

$1200.00 over all
Samsung 52"LN52B630 1920 x 1080@120hz
No Blue-Ray needed,
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 6:16:10 PM

Optical
Sony $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO/PSU
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 and Corsair 750TX $290 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU
i5-750 $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
HAF 922 $90 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM/GPU
Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and 5870 $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HSF/Floppy
Hyper 212 Plus and Random Floppy $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

They're paying you to take the floppy... don't ask

Total: $1192 including shipping, before $20 MIR.
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