System Usage from Most to Least Important: I would like to build a computer that can play Netflix watch instantly, hulu, youtube, DVDs, and 1080p videos -- and to do so cheaply. It doesn't need to do anything else.
Parts Not Required: case, CD/DVD drive, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I don't care as long as it's dirt cheap, but here are the items I was thinking of getting:
Additional Comments: The real question I have for the forum is: will this configuration be powerful enough to handle the media-playback tasks I want it to do?
To keep the costs down, I'd like to use the on-board GPU that comes with either of the motherboards, but I am concerned that the NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a that comes with the motherboard will not be able to cut it. (I might consider getting the BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard, but I have the same concerns about whether the onboard video would be good enough, and would probably rather have NVIDIA than ATI.)
Any comments on this specific issue would be helpful, as would any general comments and advice. This is my first time building a computer for this purpose, so any words of advice are much appreciated!
Nope - that Asus is a 760G chipset and so sports a Radeon 3000 IGP which lack Universal Video Decoder (UVD) found in later chipset/IGP like 780G and better and hence makes it less than ideal for HTPC duty ^^
So ya that 880G is about just the sweet spot at that price/for your tasks hehe