Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I plan to keep this setup for 5+ years or as long as it lasts. Quiet would be nice so I would prefer to go with onboard video and it saves $$. I'd like to have SATA 3 and USB 3 as well.
Thanks for the suggestion. I had ruled out Intel onboard graphics due the shitty Intel graphics on my 7 year old Celeron I'm using now (don't laugh) and the shitty graphics on the various netbooks I've used but maybe that's not fair. And I had figured that Sandy bridge was too expensive but it I could be wrong.
Passmark gives the AMD Phenom II X4 840 a 3,893 and the Core i3-2120 a 3,510 so slightly worse but the price is more for the i3.
I guess that board/CPU gives more room for upgrades down the line since the AM3 line is ending so it has that going for it.
That's correct. We've read the next gen Ivy Bridge will be a drop in compatible chip together with a BIOS upgrade.
Passmark is handy but you're better off with benchmarks that are closest to what ever you intend to do with your new system. I think the quad i5-2300 is just like $35 more. Not that I think you'd need it.
Hello - I am thinking about making an HTPC for my mother's birthday, and this seems like a very good build!
A quick question: What is the point of having the SSD? From what I understand, people use it to install the OS for a super fast startup right? I am assuming that my parents would just leave the computer on 24/7, so I may leave out the SSD if it does not effect the quality of actually watching the videos.
Thank you in advance for your guidance!
*Edit - Just noticed that the BIOSTAR TH67 is out of stock; any alternative that you would suggest?
Yes you can leave it out and still have an excellent HTPC. The SSD alone does not improve the quality of the video playback.
A SSD is a bit of a luxury but you can get super fast program response if you put your OS and 4 or 5 of your most often used programs on it.
Think Window Media Center on the SSD, a web browser, email, etc.
A SSD is super quiet and that can be an asset in the Home Theater.
Head I think you should wait for Bulldozer, Llano has shown that AMD's APUs can kill Intel's integrated graphics.
I actually specced out a similar build last summer then decided to wait but this Celeron I have now isn't getting any faster.
Since I plan on keeping the new build for a long time I'm willing to wait another few months for Llano if it's worth it terms of value. The performance is better, and the power draw too, but does anyone know about the cost yet? And does it makes sense to buy 1st gen boards?
I mean 1st generation as in untested, containing unknown bugs, and more expensive. Look at the issues with the new Sandy Bridge Boards. It's tough to make decisions now when so little is known about the new Llano chips. I would hate to buy now and then be kicking myself in July.
Warning: newbie questions, I just started building systems so bear with me, please.
So I have been looking across the forums about HTPC configs and am most intrigued by this post. I recently built a system using with the same CPU, the Gigabyte equivalent of the same board, a 64GB SSD with a 1TB WD Blue HDD, and 8MB of Samsung PC1060 RAM for my desktop. I also just built a HTPC with a i3 550, an ASUS P7H55 mobo and 4 GB low-end PC800 RAM, a LiteOn BluRay drive, and a WD Blue 6400 HDD. Both boxes are similiar to the OP and the first suggested alternative.
My first question now is what hardware I need to add to the Intel system to really call it a HTPC. I would like to put a tuner card in it but it would need to be low profile.
Next, what network configuration should I set up. I have a Cisco E-3000 with a WRT54G cascaded and run the HTPC off Wifi for now. I will eventually hardwire it but can't drill in the walls at my current house.
Third, What OS should I use? I was looking through the Linux forums to see if I could use Ubuntu to boot the HTPC and easily get to Netflix, play DVDs and BluRays, run Pandora, and occasionally surf the internet.
I have W7 on the HTPC that my wife can run but I want to change to Linux to avoid the possible problems with needing to activate. She doesn't know anything about Linux and I know a bit but don't have the patience to teach her a lot.