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March 29, 2011 6:15:27 PM

Before, I spend the money on the following build:
• Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

• MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard or

• MSI 880GM-E43 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

• G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D- 4GBRL

• AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX

• Thermaltake Black SECC Japanese steel LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

I currently have 2gb's of ram for the e45 board and 500w dynex psu, but still wondering if I should just go with the e43 board and ddr3.

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March 29, 2011 6:55:06 PM

Well, RAM is cheap enough now that I think it's worth it to go for the newer/better chipset rather than re-use the DDR2 you've got. Unless you are on an extreme budget, that is.

Of course, DDR2 on a 785G is perfectly fine for HTPC use (that's my setup, BTW) and the performance difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is not huge. You do get a bit of power savings going with DDR3, and that's always a plus.

Anyway, I say go for the newer 880G board.

That's my 2¢.
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March 29, 2011 6:58:50 PM

Hmm,ok and use my current psu?
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March 29, 2011 7:05:48 PM

Dynex is a Best Buy brand... not that great but will probably be fine for a low-power HTPC build. I would be more concerned about how noisy the PSU is rather than the power output.

Your experiment sounds just like many that give people the HTPC bug. I installed a PCI tuner into a regular desktop PC just to see how it would go... and 5 years later I have multiple dedicated HTPC's networked sharing 4TB of media!

Does your HP have a PCIe slot though? It would be better if you got a PCIe tuner card since PCI is an old bus getting phased out.

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March 29, 2011 8:22:57 PM

no it does't,btw it's just an experiment.
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April 6, 2011 10:59:52 PM

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