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December 11, 2010 7:44:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Dec 2010

Budget Range: 400-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Stream Hulu smoothly to Sony Bravia 42"

Parts Not Required: I have the video card in the Amazon wish list to follow

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, but can buy anywhere

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I am open. Since this will be an HTPC, it must be very quiet!

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: don't know what it is

Monitor Resolution: No really sure. Sony 42: Bravia will be the monitor

Additional Comments: Must be quiet

I plan to use Windows 7 Media Center and record OTA TV. Also HULU and TV from network sites.

I already have the video card so I would like to use unless it will not work. Thanks much

Proposed parts list:
http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/Y9HC0U3RFFZR/ref=cm_wl_r...

Am I missing anything?

Thanks much

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December 11, 2010 7:49:10 PM

Why not go AM3/DDR3 as the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms with all current/future platforms DDR3 ^^

$99 PhenomII X2 560BE +MSI 785GM-P45
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

$48 Free Ship 2 x 2 DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$80 Free Ship 2TB Samsung F4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 11, 2010 7:58:44 PM

Thanks Batuchka, the deal you found on the ram saves enough for the better chip. Is the mobo I selected ok with this chip?

Will this be quiet?
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December 11, 2010 8:03:20 PM

They are compatible but pricey - yep no clocking the stock HSF does fine with ok noise levels ^^
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December 11, 2010 8:06:55 PM

Sorry to be dense, but what do you mean by:

"they are compatible but pricey"
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December 11, 2010 8:08:02 PM

The processor you picked would work on that Asus 785G based off DDR2 but all things said: the cost is high for what is now a tad outdated hardware
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December 11, 2010 8:17:21 PM

THANKS. So you suggested a different chip and gave me a link to a deal on DDR3 ram. So don't I need a different mobo for this chip and the DDR3? What board do you recommend?
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December 11, 2010 8:19:23 PM

That MSI 785GM-P45 in a bundle with 560BE off that Microcenter link i provided ^^
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December 11, 2010 8:28:54 PM

Oh, I see now. The link takes you to a page full of items and I miised that it was a combo. Sorry. Sweet deal.
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December 12, 2010 5:08:44 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and cheers ^^
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December 13, 2010 3:21:16 AM

batuchka said:
$99 PhenomII X2 560BE +MSI 785GM-P45
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...


FYI, this deal is available for in-store pickup only. Add it to your cart and you'll see the only option is "pickup".

I am lucky enough to work about 2mi from a MicroCenter though that means sales tax but it's fun just to go visit and walk around.
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December 13, 2010 10:48:43 AM

Thanks to you both.

I'm concerned about the video card I impulse bought on black Friday. The new Egg reviews are mixed. Any thoughts of a modestly priced alternative. Remember, I just want smooth HULU full screen video. Thanks
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December 13, 2010 11:17:36 AM

Generally even for HD DVD/Blu Ray a dated 2008 X2 4850E + 780G would be good to go and the h/w discussed have more grunt so the IGP on 785G would serve your needs just as well Toms did a 2008 780G review as well
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December 14, 2010 9:12:43 PM

I have a pretty beefy system HTPC-wise (quad-core CPU, 5670 GPU, wired LAN, etc.) and I have a heck of a time with the HULU desktop application -- buffering forever, hanging, etc. Even with the best system you might not get what you expect out of that application so I wouldn't use HULU as my litmus test.
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December 15, 2010 11:13:08 AM

Thanks for that comment about Hulu. I can't get a straight answer on this. It seems like some aren't having any problems and many are. I wonder what the variable is? I have not yet found a forum topic specifically devoted to this yet I would think that many would be trying to get Hulu on their big screens.

Here's my problem. I would build this HTPC solely to get access to Hulu because Hulu has the content I need to dump cable. Essentially, you are saying the present technical reality is that its not possible now.

I see some posts where people "mention" they stream hulu fine. I wonder. We don't watch a lot of movies so I might be better off with a Roku box and Hulu Plus. I have an itch to build an HTPC though and hate to give up on Hulu. I'm stubborn

Any idea why this is so confusing?
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December 21, 2010 9:29:26 PM

I couldn't tell you why sometimes it works great and sometimes it doesn't. As a result, I rarely use it. Most other services I use work just fine, for instance Netflix never has a hiccup.
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December 25, 2010 9:41:25 AM

Best answer selected by brush.
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