I'm looking to build an HTPC to take over my multimedia tasks in a few weeks now. I will also want it to do some gaming and basic desktop functions. I'm thinking of running an Linux system if I can find a software configuration that will work for my needs (any suggestions?). I have a budget of less than 700 and stuck on some hardware decisions. I have a 7.1 surround sound receiver as it is, so I'm not planning on a sound card other than the onboard.
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Hi Baskerva, welcome to the forums.
That build looks ok, but I see a few things that can be changed.
First off, I would switch to an Intel Sandy Bridge build. Sandy bridge is dominating right now, and it's an even better deal since you plan on using onboard it looks like.
I'm glad you brought up the Intel chip. I have been an AMD guy for a long time now, but haven't really been checking out the new stuff since my last PC build around 4 years ago. I am thinking of going with a separate video card, although I know that can be a difficult thing with Linux, part of the reason I hadn't listed a video card above. I will have to check out the intel chip a little bit more it sounds very promising, especially if i can get away without buying a video card to keep the cost down...
Yeah I love my AMD to death, but it's kinda hard to deny that the Sandy Bridge cleans up.
I don't really use much linux (except for Lucid Puppy 5.2 running off a flash drive for an old laptop) so I can't really tell you what cards are compatible. I would ask in the OS section, or maybe the Graphics section about the drivers for your potential GFX cards.
As far as I have been able to tell, you may be stuck with Windows to play Blu-Ray because I have no idea if the Mythbuntu distribution of Linux has HDCP compatibility.
USB 3.0 is also something you should make sure you have. If you download and/or rip a lot of HD video it will take up a TON of room. So external storage will sooner or later become required. USB 3.0 will deliver the speed needed for it.
Striker: I have loved all 4 of my AMD's now thats where I was basing my search. After a little reading it seems that Intel has more than caught up. Personally I hope AMD has something better up their sleeve...
DJR: That keyboard/mouse combo is freakin' sweet. I'm not positive it will work for me, but I'm going to seriously think about it. As for the combo I think a hecta-core is beyond what I will be needing for awhile. The usb 3.0 is a must as well. thinking that the sata will also need to be a 6.0 gbs rate...