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January 18, 2011 7:56:13 PM

Requirements:
1. Streaming movies, including 1080p Blu-Ray rips
2. Driving a Hauppauge 1212 DVR and recording the HD stream

I'll either use Win 7 / XBMC or some combination. My current HTPC is an old macbook pro running Plex. It does fine, but it does not decode 1080p and I'd like to add the DVR into the mix. Recording will be done to networked drives.

1. Case: Lian Li PC-C33B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112228&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Cases+(+HTPC/Media+Center+Cases)-_-Lian-Li-_-11112228

2. Motherboard:
ASRock 880G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157191&Tpk=ASRock%20880G%20Extreme3%20Motherboard
or
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435
(or other - I'm having a difficult time deciding - please advise)

3. CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727&cm_re=amd_black-_-19-103-727-_-Product

(plus compatible memory, HD, etc.)

Can I get away without the graphics card? No gaming planned, at least initially.

I'd like to build something I would be proud to put under my new TV, and I don't want there to be any doubt about the ability to stream and record HD. I'd like to spend $500 or so on the Case/CPU/Mobo.

Thanks for the advice.

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January 18, 2011 8:39:22 PM

volcs0 said:
Can I get away without the graphics card? No gaming planned, at least initially.

Off-hand, no gaming = yes. Gaming = no.
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January 18, 2011 8:42:34 PM

hi, i want to upgrade my pc and like you im looking for Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H and AMD Phenom II X4 955 because my budget is on 100-150€ per device. I think your choice is great with mobo gigabyte.
Here is my post if someone can help me too.

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