Need some help, building my first HTPC

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to build my first HTPC with may be Windows 7 or 8 as the OS. I have a old PC at home which had some strong hardware and wanted to know if I can reuse anything from it and still can have real good performance for OS & XBMC on it.

Ok so here it is.....

Mobo - EVGA nForce 780i SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813188024

CPU - Intel Core 2 quad q9450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6819115042

Video Card - ati radeon hd 4870 512m
http://www.memory4less.com/m4l_itemdetai...121777000G

PSU - cmpsu-750tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817139006

Memory - cm2x2048 - 6400c5 - 2 of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820145201

I want to ofcourse change my mobo and get a microATX, can someone please suggest one which will go with this build?
I'm going to get a 64 or 120gb SSD for OS and get SATA drives for storage.

Any suggestions are appreciated :)
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  1. A lot is going to depend on what all you want to do with this system. If you're talking strictly a media machine (no games), then what you currently have is WAY more than enough for your needs. If you do want to include gaming on this system, then I think it's fine as it is (if a bit older).

    So give us a bit more detail of what you're trying to accomplish.

    -Wolf sends
  2. that system, as is, shold be fine.

    if you want more of a media-center case that can take your ATX board and 4870 gpu, there are options without changing your motherboard:


    this one is my favorite:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204039

    but this one will do the job nicely
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204037
  3. Thanks for the reply Wolfshadw!

    For now I'm only going to use this for HD Video & Audio. Later I may use this for games but I can twick the machine later for that but for now it's only media.

    Will it play HD Videos from XBMC and perform well as well?

    Since this is a standard ATX mobo and I'm trying to build a HTPC so I was thinking about getting a microATX with HDMI connector in it so I can use the Video Card I have. Can you suggest some mobo compatible to my current build?
  4. a mobo video card will use only the on-board video, not your video card.

    you can hook up to the VGA port on a HDTV however, and there is a sound plug there as well.
  5. Thanks ScrewySqrl! i like the second one...What remote control would you suggest if I'm going to use this for XBMC & Windows Media Center(I want to use the remote to power off and power on the system as well)?
  6. not sure I can recommend a remote, my own HTPC, built from salvage parts, just uses a wireless keyboard on my coffee table
  7. Koo...one last question...this board has DVI port, if I use a DVI to HDMI adapter...will I get HD video?
  8. For a remote control, I'd probably recommend this Hauppauge Media Center Remote. While I can't speak for actual power sequencing, it should enable and disable sleep more (assuming your motherboard utilizes wake on USB).

    While using the DVI port of one of your graphic cards, you will get HD Video, but no audio. For audio, you will need to use the S/PDIF Optical out or the analog audio outputs from your motherboard.

    If spending any money on this system, my recommendations would probably be the remote control (add in an appropriate TV Tuner for live TV/DVR functionality) and a newer, but lower class graphics card with native HDMI; up to an HD 6670, but nothing higher.

    -Wolf sends

    -Wolf sends
  9. great that helps a lot!
  10. Wolfshadw said:
    For a remote control, I'd probably recommend this Hauppauge Media Center Remote. While I can't speak for actual power sequencing, it should enable and disable sleep more (assuming your motherboard utilizes wake on USB).

    While using the DVI port of one of your graphic cards, you will get HD Video, but no audio. For audio, you will need to use the S/PDIF Optical out or the analog audio outputs from your motherboard.

    If spending any money on this system, my recommendations would probably be the remote control (add in an appropriate TV Tuner for live TV/DVR functionality) and a newer, but lower class graphics card with native HDMI; up to an HD 6670, but nothing higher.

    -Wolf sends

    -Wolf sends


    Will this video card work with by build?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150542
  11. ssaleem09 said:
    Will this video card work with by build?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150542


    Yup! That will work just fine!

    -Wolf sends
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