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October 20, 2010 1:43:16 PM

Hi,

This is my first build. the goal in that priority is

first,I wanted to make a PC which connect to TV with remote. (right now my PC connect with S video Cable with no remote). I need a better way to connect so that I can play movie on computer and pause with remote. if we can do with some network card or so extra component like WD live or Apple TV. need a best option. i don't have a TV with HDMI right now but in 2 yrs I will have that.

Second, PC has to last 5 years

here are the component I select please comment on it

MOTHERBOARD

ASUS P6X58D Premium or ASUS P6X58D-E or GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0).

CPU

INTEL i7-930 or 950 (price difference is less than $20 between two)

MEMORY

both DDR3 with 1333Mhz. I read some where that i7 only support 1066MHz. do I need an overclocking and if can you suggest how to do it ??

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Graphics Card
both ATI Card HD5770 and 5750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

do not want to go nVidia as I have very BAD experience with HP Laptop nvidia Card. do not want to give them any money in any way possible.

CASE
both cases are with 3 fans. please also advice on cooling requirement.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply

definately need a advice on this one

HD

best guess any 7200 rpm HD will do. not sure about the specific and brands please advice

Thanks



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October 20, 2010 1:50:44 PM

For merely streaming movies no encode Toms actually tested a 780G/HD 3200 chipset/IGP in 2008 and it performed well for HTPC duty
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-780g-chipset,17...
There is no reason to slot in an i7 or any quad for that matter for a HTPC - i usually go X2/X3 and under volt the chip in BIOS or 3rd party software for a purring/cool HTPC hehe
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October 20, 2010 2:39:11 PM

Thanks for the Quick reply.

but question is, is it going to last 5 yrs with new technology developing at rapid rate
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October 20, 2010 2:47:41 PM

I can confirm the 780G/HD3200 chipset does just fine for watching HD video. The only thing it won't do is bitstream the HD audio formats to a receiver that can decode that. If that's something you need, the Core i3/H55 combo will work just fine or, if you want AMD/ATI, a HD5670 card will do the job.

My HTPC setup is a AMD 5050e (2.6GHz 45W dual core) with a HD5670 card. It handles all video and audio duties just fine. 720p HD and DTS-MA works just fine. I have a 380W PSU.

The only slowness I see is the W7MC interface. It has a hard time coming out of a photo slideshow going back into the menus. No idea if a little more CPU horsepower would help.
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October 20, 2010 2:55:46 PM

Err i can't see how on, in the interest of the business we need super charged processors just for HTPCs when GPU acceleration is where is at ^^
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October 20, 2010 2:57:41 PM

bored0911 said:
Thanks for the Quick reply.

but question is, is it going to last 5 yrs with new technology developing at rapid rate


It's hard to say what's the future. The thing to do is to spend good money on the parts that aren't easily upgradeable or that don't matter for upgrading (e.g. a nice HTPC case and high quality efficient PSU, respectively) and get what you need for now for the parts that are easily upgradeable (e.g. video GPU).

This is a tough time for future proofing with AMD and Intel launching new processor lines soon that won't likely be backwards compatible with current sockets. There going to be all kinds of new stuff coming out. There always is. The good news is CPUs aren't usually the big deal when it comes to HTPCs. As long as you leave yourself a path for upgrading the GPU you'll be able to react to new technologies like 3D. You also want to leave yourself room to add some additional storage (though you can always build a NAS!), memory and expansion cards.

Find a motherboard with an up-to-date chipset, either AM3 or LGA1156, start with the on-board video, get a nice case and quality PSU. Think efficient and cool -- uses less energy and lasts longer. As time goes on, maybe add a new GPU, more memory, cable card tuner, whatever you need to get new technology you need.

I think that's as future-proof as you can get with PC technology.
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October 20, 2010 3:09:26 PM

bored0911 said:
Hi,
I need a better way to connect so that I can play movie on computer and pause with remote. if we can do with some network card or so extra component like WD live or Apple TV. need a best option. i don't have a TV with HDMI right now but in 2 yrs I will have that.


You can get a PC-to-TV device that will convert VGA to composite and/or RCA. Those go from $50-$100. Just make sure whatever motherboard/video-card you get has both VGA and HDMI outputs so you can use it with the TV you have now and the TV you will get later. Given the lack of a digital TV I wouldn't even bother getting a video card now -- just stick with the on-board graphics and decide if you want to get a discrete card when you buy that TV in 2 years.

I don't know what the picture quality will be like on any of these.

The cables with the VGA on one end and s-video/RCA on the other for $5 will not work.
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October 20, 2010 4:41:59 PM

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