Hi everyone I am looking into building the cheapest HTPC ever. Is this doable? I am unsure about where to start. I looked into the barebone foxconn systems that run the e350 cpu's but I found reviews stating that the CPUs could barely handle netflix+. Energy efficiency is important.
Thanks in advance!
Case (barebones? / HTPC case?). The smaller the better:
Low profile graphics card if needed:
Approximate Purchase Date: 5/21/2012
Budget Range: 300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC for a 46 samsung LED.. It only has 2 HDMI connections!
Parts Not Required: already have a windows 7 license
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Small form factor case. possibly intelG530 w/ low profile card?
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: HTPC duty, hulu, netlix, web surfing, youtube flash video
here is a quick mock up, i went with intel however it worth noting that AMD's intigrated GPU's are much better for 3d work than intels. neither of them will be running DX11 crysis, intel CPU does run faster than AMD's. A low pro video card is not required for basic HD work however if you do want to game then id look into them outside of your current budget.
Thank you very much for the reply. I am going to go with integrated graphics because gaming is not a requirement. Ive been reading up on the AMDs. Just for options sake, and if you would not mind. Could you please spec an AMD cpu + MOBO for me? From the looks of things, I might need to up the budget $50 for a quieter power supply and possibly another $50 for a cpu?
he is correct that silverlight uses hardware acceleration. my house mates computer would not run the silverlight on his nvidia 650go, we put a 4500 in it and then it would run. i would expect the integrated intel GPU to be able to run such a program however AMD does have more hardware placed into there GPU's. i dont like building with amd but ill take a look at there platform and see what i can find on newegg
It isn't an AMD/Intel/ATI/nVidia thing. DVXA just doesn't work right on Silverlight so the CPU has to process the load. There are E450 motherboards with higher clocks and slightly-boosted video popping up which may help with something like this. The second gen BrazosT (along with Trinity) should also be rolling out in the next few months.
@DoctorPink - While I tend to agree with you, some people want to play their games on their 42" - 65" 1080p HDTVs. While you and I seem to agree that the more important part of an HTPC is the Home Theater aspect, others seem to think its more the Personal Computer aspect.