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Building PC for HDTV

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September 21, 2012 7:29:27 PM

Hello,

I am about to start the process of building a PC to connect to my HDTV, but this will be my first build.

I am undecided about what type of motherboard and processor to get. I don't know if I need a processor with HD capabilities and a motherboard with an HDMI output, or if I can just go with whatever I want and get an HD video card with an HDMI ouput. Do I need an HD processor regardless, or only if I want to skip the video card and go with one built into the motherboard?

Thanks guys.

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Approximate Purchase Date: all next week

Budget Range: under $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: statistical analysis (R), data mining (weka), watching movies (blu-ray), regular computing (web surfing, music, etc.), minimal lite gaming (nothing hardware-demanding, just stuff like Civ V)

Are you buying a monitor: No. PC will connect to 46" Samsung 1080p.

Parts to Upgrade: all PC parts needed. Case >= 300W; RAM >2GB; prefer SATA; would *like* Blu-ray drive that also reads DVDs, but not essential.

Do you need to buy OS: No, will use Linux Ubuntu

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect

Location: Southern CA

Parts Preferences: ambivalent between Intel and AMD. According to a review on this website AMD are better for lower noise output, but I don't know if I would notice the difference.

Overclocking: Maybe, but probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments: will possibly use virtual machine in the future.

Why Are You Upgrading: I have an old Mac and hate it. I want an efficient machine to work on and to watch movies on since it will connect to my TV.

More about : building hdtv

September 21, 2012 8:17:42 PM

Check the sticky on the systems forums. it has a questionnaire that want to use. something about ( "how to ask for builds") this will keep you from having to answer tons of questions that are sure to come =)

i would edit Original post here, copy and paste the questions then answer in the edit, or just type it out.

This will help everyone in helping you out.
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September 21, 2012 8:50:25 PM

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