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February 14, 2012 2:11:02 PM

Hi is this a good htpc to hock up to an hdtv
It will cost me 617 us dollars (2315 nis)

Pentium G850 2.9 GHz, s1155 3MB, DualCore, GPU Core, Tray
GIGABYTE H61M-D2-B3 s1155 Core i3/i5/i7, Intel H61, DDR3 1333, 1xPCI-E, DVI
DDR3 1333Mhz 1x4GB Samsung
Samsung 1TB 7200RPM 32MB, SATA II HD103SJ
GIGABYTE - AMD HD 6450 1GB DDR3 DX11 DVI HDMI PCI-E
צורבי DVD: Samsung SH-S223B / SH-222AB DVD±RW x22 Black SATA
Antec Three Hundred Midi Tower Gamer Black Case (No PSU)
Antec Basiq 450W 12cm PSU VP450P (Retail)

Is it good?

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February 14, 2012 2:16:51 PM

I believe it would work.

Have you considered dropping the graphics card and using on board graphics. As a HTPC is likely to at most be playing back 1080p then on board graphics will be fine for it.

The i3 2100 has intels HD on board graphics and isnt much more than the G850 in cost.
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February 14, 2012 2:38:48 PM

Won’t I have too change the motherboard to use the integrated gpu and I want to use hdmi not dvi this board only has vga and dvi?
will there be any different between the cpu’s.
this is not a gaming pc well only like crimsonland and worms almost every computer can run those.
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February 14, 2012 2:54:00 PM

I would get two sticks of RAM for dual channel mode.

I second using integrated graphics on the CPU.
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February 14, 2012 3:00:16 PM

adamdbz said:
Won’t I have too change the motherboard to use the integrated gpu and I want to use hdmi not dvi this board only has vga and dvi?
will there be any different between the cpu’s.
this is not a gaming pc well only like crimsonland and worms almost every computer can run those.


If you want to use HDMI and that mobo doesnt have an HDMI out then yes you would have to use a different board. Maybe an h67 rather than h61.

If you list the prices for each of your parts maybe we could help you further with alternatives.
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February 14, 2012 3:03:56 PM

If I buy 2 2gb stick’s it cost more and if in 1 year time I wish to put 8gb of ram I will have to replace both the sticks and not just add another 4gb stick.
Dual channel is nice but I don’t think it’s a must.
And it’s cheaper for me to put the i3 and not buy a graphics card plus the i3 is better.
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February 14, 2012 3:07:03 PM

adamdbz said:
If I buy 2 2gb stick’s it cost more and if in 1 year time I wish to put 8gb of ram I will have to replace both the sticks and not just add another 4gb stick.
Dual channel is nice but I don’t think it’s a must.
And it’s cheaper for me to put the i3 and not buy a graphics card plus the i3 is better.


I definitely think the i3's a winner here.

What would be your purpose of adding an additional stick in a years time out of curiosity? If this is only a HTPC then 4gb will be plenty for a long while.
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February 14, 2012 3:11:16 PM

God that website made my eyes bleed. Unfortunately theres no comparable mobo on there for a newer chipset or one with HDMI that i can see (which isnt so well now). So basically you have to make that call whether your happy with a DVI connection and get the i3 or keep the spec youve got.
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February 14, 2012 3:11:27 PM

I don’t know why but I want the possibility.
Is dual channel that much better?

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February 14, 2012 3:15:06 PM

It is in some scenarios, not sure how relevant it would be to an HTPC build as the requirements aren't exactly extensive.

Need someone with more experience in HTPC builds here.
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February 14, 2012 3:15:50 PM

What’s wrong with the web site
I think you got directed to the home page in Hebrew (that will explain)
There are h67 board’s there but they are all most twist the price
p.s this will go to my friend no't me and it is replacing a super old p4 with one gig of ddr ram at something like 333mhz it’s from 2004 so everything will be better.
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February 14, 2012 3:17:26 PM

Its very garish and in your face. Yes, that is what i meant by nothing comparable, as in no other chipset boards at anything close to the board you picked in price.
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February 14, 2012 3:19:03 PM

so what do you say go with the graphics card and G850?
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February 14, 2012 3:20:43 PM

Well personally i'd take the i3 and use a DVi connection but if you're limited to HDMI only then yes i suspect that's all you really can do.
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February 14, 2012 3:23:53 PM

Ok thank you i will check if I can stretch the budget by a little and that will give the i3 and h67 motherboard.
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February 14, 2012 3:27:34 PM

Good plan, let us know how it goes.
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February 14, 2012 4:39:46 PM

Ok i will get the following:
‎cpu: intel i3-2120‎
motherboard : asus P8H67-M LE B3‎
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GIGABYTE GA-H67N-USB3-B3
‎ram: G.Skill 4GB ‎
‎hdd: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ‎
‏ dvd :Samsung SH-S223B / SH-222AB DVD±RW x22 Black SATA‎
‎ case: Antec Three Hundred Midi Tower Gamer
Psu: Antec Neo Eco 400C 400W Active PFC 12cm PSU ‎

is it ok?
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February 15, 2012 6:31:34 AM

With the limited selection you have available to you i think thats about the best your gonna be able to manage without spending more.
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February 15, 2012 8:40:36 AM

thank you mikerockett for all the help
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February 15, 2012 8:42:28 AM

No problem, enjoy your new HTPC :) 
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February 15, 2012 8:48:43 AM

One last question witch motherboard the
Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3
Or
asus P8H67-M LE B3
thank for the help you've been great. ‎
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February 15, 2012 8:59:04 AM

Asus is the better board in my opinion but not by a vast amount. Either will suit your needs so go with the cheaper i suppose. Only thing on the asus is a bit more expandability on PCI cards.
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February 15, 2012 9:04:32 AM

ya i will take the asus it's only 2 $ more so..
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February 15, 2012 9:38:36 AM

If theres only $2 in the difference then yea go for it.
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February 15, 2012 3:31:38 PM

Best answer selected by adamdbz.
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