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May 12, 2012 9:43:23 PM

I would like to build a good HTPC majority of it's duties will be to stream content off the web, and watch movies. The only reason I am going with the Intel Q9450 is because I have one laying around. Figure it would be one less thing to buy, also I'm more than willing to go in another direction if there is a better cpu best fitted for this duty. (I know nothing in this area) I really like the cases that look like a component piece. I really want to get rid of cable, it's a waste of money to me. barely ever watch tv, and refuse to pay extra for a DVR to watch shows when I want to.

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: $500 - $600 (very flexible here)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Netflix/Hulu/etc., downloading movies and music, surfing the internet, playing games like Diablo III,

Parts Not Required: Monitor (plan on hooking this up to my 70" Sharp Aquos LED Television, Keyboard/Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere that is reputable.,

Country: US aka Murrica :D 

Parts Preferences: No preferences really. I've used both AMD and Intel, nVidia and ATI. I just want the best performing with the best price (Don't we all)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Doubt I would need this

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I prefer a quiet, lower temperature HTPC. Airflow is not an issue but more than willing to upgrade fans to Scythe (so quiet) I would like it to look like it belongs in the living room. Thanks in advance for any input you guys can give. I really appreciate it!

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May 13, 2012 4:24:26 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.
Do you not recommend going the route of the Q9450?

I read a couple post on here and I thought about using this,





would it be overkill? I really liked the case you suggested. will definitely be going with that one. :) 
I also though about using an SSD for the operating system and a regular HD for the storage. Any recommendations on the smallest I could go on the SSD. I am undecided whether to run Windows 7 or Unbuntu.

Thoughts? recommendations?

thanks again in advance.

May 13, 2012 5:03:18 AM

If u are just using it to stream media, SSD is overkill q9000 is a no go. i like ubuntu but i also like xmbc
May 13, 2012 7:26:18 AM

Once again, thanks for the quick reply. I figured the Q would be i a no go. I guess I just wanted the SSD for fast boot times. Thanks again, you have cleared up alot for me.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. thanks
May 13, 2012 7:29:21 AM

Oh, and thank you for pointing me towards XMBC. very nice I will be using this also.
May 13, 2012 11:35:42 AM

Seeing as you already have the chip I'd use it. It's serious overkill, but if you downclock and undervolt it it shouldn't be much worse then buying a new one. Make sure you have a good GPU to handle all the decoding work and you should be fine.