System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D/B-Ray/HD/Youtube videos, music, light gaming
Parts Not Required: Monitor ( I plan to connect it to my projector), OS (this budget does not include OS, that i can get anywhere, same price), speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any (normally i use newegg.ca, ncix.ca, tigerdirect.ca)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None, best and most reliable
Overclocking: Don't have to
SLI or Crossfire: doesn't have to
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Other parts needed: Wireless keyboard with built in mouse.
Additional Comments: I'm new to HTPC and its abilities, so i apologize in advance for stupid questions. I'm building a little entertainment area in the basement, I'm getting a Sony 5.1 home theater system (HTSS380). I will be using the HTPC to watch blue ray movies, and even 3d movies (is there anything special required for computer to output 3d movies besides a graphics card that supports HDMI 1.4a?), YouTube etc. and light gaming like CoD black ops.
From all the experienced HTPC users out there, if you can recommend somethings and tips on how to get more out of it, or setup, it will be greatly appreciated.
Nice job with the Llano! I have a $400 Llano build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Yours looks good though. Make sure you're using DDR3 1600. Llano runs faster and better with faster RAM speeds. This is the only time where I'd recommend 1600 instead of 1333.
Uhh yeah! I would just recommend DDR3 1600 as I said before. It does actually help with the APU performance and CPU performance but this is specifically for Llano. Llano seems to benefit more from faster speeds than others.
I actually don't have a Llano build. Haha But ya know.
Haha You felt like I did have one?
Well I wouldn't get one know, especially with BD coming close and my next upgrade. I already got some Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600's waiting for me at home when I get back from my trip! $49 from the Egg, really purdy too. Nice and black, limited edition!
Well aren't we rich haha. I've got enough saved for the BD quad ($190) I'm saving up for the Asrock Extreme4 970 ATM. It's going to be a solid board I hope. If not, I'm hoping Asrock will release a Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 9xx board. Dude those new GenX boards from Asrock look amazing.
I havent built the HTPC yet, because the contractor hasn't finished the basement with the home theater area. Now he should be done soon.
I've been reading alot of threads about HTPCs, now i'm thinking of adding more graphics power so i could play BF3 and MW3 on a decent settings.
So I was thinking would A8-3850+HD 6670 1GB(unless you can recommend something better) or i5 2320 + HD 6670 1GB would be better?
and I bet you didn't know that the motherboard you got is also Ivy compatible..
so that means you will have a possible upgrade if you wish and transform the unit into a stronger beast that it is now..
WAIT, that RAM might not be compatible....
you might want to actually verify that.
No I did not know it was Ivy compatible, thats good to know.
How would I check if the RAM is compatible? what makes you think its not?