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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » GENERAL DISCUSSIONS » HTPC BUILD WITH SOME EXISTING COMPONENTS...
Subject: HTPC Build with Some Existing Components
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Fastbreak Jan 25, 2013 10:41 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I am planning to build a HTPC to stream 720p content from my main PC. I won't be gaming. I want to upgrade the following components in the main PC:

Upgrades:
* buy a modular 750W PSU and use EarthWatts 500W in the HTPC (from my Sonata III)
* upgrade to a 256GB SSD and use Crucial M4 128GB in the HTPC

Any recommendations or comments on showcased components?

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stevee Jan 25, 2013 10:45 AM Reply | Bookmark
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PSU should fit as long as it's 140mm or less (important if you decide to use an optical drive), that CPU will stream anything.

My old AMD X2-240e, 3GB DDR2 and 512MB 5450 streams 15+GB 1080p just fine.


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Wall Jan 25, 2013 11:01 AM Reply | Bookmark
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If you have not purchased the board or CPU yet, I would recommend looking into an AMD APU. They can easily handle up to 1080P, and offer a better price/performance then Intel.

Ncix usually has some decent bundles on sale

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Space Monkey Jan 25, 2013 11:13 AM Reply | Bookmark
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The only real reason to go with an AMD APU is for 4K Support over a single Display Port for future needs. Intel can only accomplish this via running 2 display port connections to a single display. Trying to find a board with 2 onboard display ports will be challenging.

Price wise will be hard to compete when we are going as low as an i3 2120...mobo's are the same price or higher for AMD with the good features.

Space

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Fastbreak Jan 25, 2013 11:58 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I could build an AMD system with these components, but the price difference isn't much after PM.

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Wall Jan 25, 2013 12:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The APU's give you a bit more wiggle room in the future, in case you want to run anything that would be demanding 3D wise, opens up the option of potentially gaming on it if you ever change your mind. Would not be amazing performance, but it can handle light gaming better then the Intel HD4000. Linux support does suck though, so if you ever plan on running Linux, then Intel is the way to go.

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Coca Cola = diabeetus :'( Jan 25, 2013 04:15 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Why 750 watts?
You would be good with a decent 350W powersupply...
Even my 8800GTX can run on it...

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Greg * NCIX.com Jan 25, 2013 04:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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That's going into his current PC. The spare 500W is going into the HTPC.

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Fastbreak Jan 26, 2013 10:22 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Precisely.

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Coca Cola = diabeetus :'( Jan 26, 2013 05:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ahhhh, didn't read it carefully

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Fastbreak Jan 26, 2013 07:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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what type of half-length video card(s) can I install into this case to run BF3 on medium settings? I presume the onboard gpu wouldn't be enough.

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stevee Jan 28, 2013 07:25 AM Reply | Bookmark
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This CPU would be more than enough in your HTPC and it's $59 on sale this week.

"half-length" you mean "half height"

The case you chose is small (I have it), therefore very tight and low airflow. If you want to be gaming, just get the ML03B's bigger brother the GD05, you will be happier with it because you can buy any video card for it and have go cooling as it comes with fans and the ML03B does not.

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Fastbreak Jan 28, 2013 10:08 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I have multiple potential build options for the HTPC. I am not in a hurry to buy, so I am trying to pick components and have the list ready when the time comes.

This is my favorite option so far:

MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155
Intel Pentium G860
Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333
Silverstone GD05B
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC

I will have to buy a PSU and SSD for my main PC and use the existing ones in the HTPC.

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Fastbreak Feb 02, 2013 05:30 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Would Gigabyte HD 7770 OC and EarthWatts 500W PSU fit in Silverstone GD05B?

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Chicoman Feb 02, 2013 08:03 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yes they'll fit no problem.

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