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Cost Of A Basic HD-Capable System

AMD's New 780G Chipset Has Powerful GPU

Thanks to the HD-video capabilities built into the 780G chipset, users who want to put together HTPC or multimedia systems can save themselves the cost of buying a graphics card. Meanwhile, the prices of Blu-ray drives have dropped so low that it is now possible to buy the innards of a full-featured HDTV system with a 500 GB drive for as little as €423.

Basic HD-Capable System - Hardware Configuration
Component Type Price
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA780GM-S2H €80
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Boxed €70
Memory: 2 GB DDR2-800 €42
CPU Cooler: Boxed €0
Blu-Ray-ROM: LiteOn DH-4O1S €117
HDD: SATA 500 GB €84
PSU: Sharkoon SHA350-8P €30
Total:   €423

The 780G system with a flat low-profile HFC-20820-C1 CPU cooler made by Hiper

Since this configuration gets by without a dedicated graphic card, the system can literally keep a low profile. If a low CPU cooler is used as well, this multimedia system can be installed in a very flat case. AMD is setting a new standard for HTPCs.

Thanks to their low profile, the components will allow you to use a small case.

Hiper's HMC-1K53A is a very flat HTPC case.

Hiper's HMC-1K53a is a mere 53 mm high.

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