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August 19, 2011 4:34:46 AM

I have trolled multiple forums, but I need help/advice for a specific situation for a new HTPC. My requirements are as follows:

Use: Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Email, Net browsing, streaming from my windows home server, replacement for my living room so I do not have to buy an ipad!! If possible would like to use for primary Blu-ray player (do need dolby trueHD support etc.)

Important connections reqd: Connect to a 55" plasma TV (via HDMI). Audio to be processed by a Denon AV receiver. And if possible would like to connect through HDMI to AV receiver which is connected to TV.

Budget: 500 - 700

Time to buy: asap

Need to buy all components. Would like small form factor (if no compromise in performance)

Would like the community's advice for component suggestions and also for technical difficulties I might run into when connecting to TV and AV receiver.

Thanks in advance.

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August 19, 2011 4:56:11 AM
August 19, 2011 1:19:12 PM

Looks good. The big question is, do I need a discrete graphics card with this APU?
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August 19, 2011 1:35:42 PM

8GB for HTPC? And 500W for a LLano system? Way overkill.

SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

This will last for years! The only improvement you can do is to add a SSD. If you have a file server and you can get files from there then I would only add a small SSD for operating system!

513,55 $
August 19, 2011 3:12:21 PM

Did some research on the APU. There seem to be compatibility issues. My biggest concern is video quality on a 55" plasma. Also, none have commented on whether a audio card is required. I would really like to be able to run one HDMI with viedo and audio to my reciever.
August 19, 2011 5:37:57 PM

No need for another GPU. A8 has the best build in graphics, and I don't think you 'll have any compability issues
August 19, 2011 10:04:32 PM

What about audio? When playing blu-ray, how do I get bitstream out to AV reciever?
September 2, 2011 5:51:39 AM

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