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October 11, 2012 9:32:50 PM

I want to build an HTPC specifically for XBMCbuntu. I'm looking for the minimum and recommended system requirements before I start my build. Here are the features I will employ in my system:

1. Of course I will use it for HD 1080 video playback in various formats
2. Listening to music and playing karaoke
3. Emulation for NES, SNES, Sega, N64, etc
4. The system will store my library of some 5+ Tb of data of ebooks, videos, music, pics, etc (SFF not possible)
5. The system will need to act as a server for other systems in the house so I can enjoy my media in any room
6. Streaming video from Hulu and the like
7. Blu-ray drive for rented discs

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October 11, 2012 11:14:53 PM

Probably any Core i3 or better level system would do everything you need and then some. I'd say somewhere in the 4GB range for RAM so you've got plenty for the OS, and the server stuff you want to be running.
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October 11, 2012 11:27:12 PM

russianheman said:
I want to build an HTPC specifically for XBMCbuntu. I'm looking for the minimum and recommended system requirements before I start my build. Here are the features I will employ in my system:

1. Of course I will use it for HD 1080 video playback in various formats
2. Listening to music and playing karaoke
3. Emulation for NES, SNES, Sega, N64, etc
4. The system will store my library of some 5+ Tb of data of ebooks, videos, music, pics, etc (SFF not possible)
5. The system will need to act as a server for other systems in the house so I can enjoy my media in any room
6. Streaming video from Hulu and the like
7. Blu-ray drive for rented discs
8. Ripping my DVD/BR library
9. Occasionally converting video formats

Also, I want to go AMD since its cheaper.

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October 12, 2012 12:10:12 AM

We'll just make this even easier. Pretty much any dual core CPU, be it AMD or Intel made, will probably be more than sufficient. If you want to hedge your bets for the long term, you could go with a quad core CPU and double the RAM. You also probably want to get a video card that has built-in decoding for various video formats. Not sure whether or not that is supported on the Linux port of XBMC, but if not now, odds are at some point in the future it will be. However, the bar on that isn't very high, basically being a Radeon HD 5xxx or higher or GeForce 2xx or higher.
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October 12, 2012 7:18:10 AM

For pretty much any HTPC the best solution I know of CPU wise would be an A-Series CPU from AMD. Specifically the A6.

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-A6-3650-Graphics-Quad-Core-Pr...

You get the Quad core goodness and damn fine graphic capabilities at a very reasonable price. This model is on sale on Amazon for just under $90 and if you do want to step up further the A10 released recently with built in Radeon 7000 series graphics. The chip can negate the need for a graphics card entirely but if you want you can also get a low end GPU and hybrid crossfire it for a little extra kick.
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