I am a 21 year old from Melbourne, Australia. I am looking at building my first PC. The plan is to build a HTPC computer. Currently this is my components, but I am really unsure about other components.
HDD - 2 x WD 2TB HD That I already have. With plans in the future to get a SSD
I will probably be expanding to more hard drives in the future as well.
Plus I currently have a spare DVD Drive to use, with no plans of an upgrade to Blu-Ray Player, as I already have a PS3.
For now I don't plan on using a Video Card, but thats always a maybe in the future. I plan on using the system for watching Movies/Tv Shows, listening to music and playing Games on, but nothing new enough to warrant a video card as yet.
So what sort of RAM, Processor and Power Supply should I get.
Ideally you want to be looking at 4/8GB RAM, 500w PSU (since you plan to add a GPU in the future), and an i3 or i5. I dont think i5 will quite fit into budget though being as its around $200 on its own.
Hi i think that the motherboard vga card is not sufficient to decode x264 movies on the gpu.
I always advice to get a low watt cpu lets say 45 watt. that you can use for internetting playing xvids divx. but when you need to the power to decode the x264 use a dxva I or dxva II compatible gpu. A low end ati will do try to get a fanless one. Fans always make the most noise. Especialy when they get dusty and older.
Also a 45 watt cpu is cheap and you dont require a Huge cooler fan to cool it.
Any modern integrated video will handle x264/h.264 video just fine easily. It's been that way for years. No discreet card is needed. Even if a video file is not DXVA compliant, any of the discussed CPU's can handle the job through software decoding.