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Building a Low Cost HTPC for my Bedroom

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by TSX420J, Oct 23, 2010.

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    LOL, I ordered last night haha. I pretty much got the phenom over the athlon because of the 6mb L3 Cache. Also, I will be trying to unlock the other two cores to make it a x4, is there a way to reverse that if it does not work out so well? The power supply has 40a on a 12v rail, that is pretty much why I chose it over a lot of others I have seen. Eventually I will add a video card so I need those 40a on one rail.

    Do you think it is too late to change out the mobo? Is it that big of a deal? Remember I will be putting in my gtx 260 in the future when I upgrade my desktop. If that doesn't work I am for sure going to upgrade the video. What are your thoughts? Because if I have to, I will cancel my order because no one works today. I have a full day to do everything before anything get processed and shipped.

    Thanks, I wish you would've posted that yesterday, LOL.
     
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    Yes you just simpily disable the ACC feature in the bios.

    BTW does your motherboard support ACC? because some 760G chipsets do not.

    The motherboard change would be to your advantage because the 785G and 880G chipsets are newer and better supported so you're more likely to get consistant bios updates and support. Also because their upper-midrange chipsets I would be more confident that if the AM3 bulldozers would arrive it would most likely on those chipsets than the 760G. The faster integrated video card of the HD 4xxx series is a bonus, but not essential if you're getting a dedicated card anyways.

    Adding a GTX260 to a HTPC defeats the purpose, a HTPC is supposed to be quiet, cool and low in power consumption, something which the GTX260 doesnt promote, but the 5770 does at the same performance level, saying that integrated video should play movies fine. Also the to my knowledge the GTX 2xx doesnt support 7.1 HD audio and video via HDMI which is a must for a HTPC.
     
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    I think I remember reading that it does. I could be wrong though I spent hour/days
    looking for a good setup and deal, lol.

    Ahh, ok, now I understand. Doh!! I should have waited. :shadedshu I got excited and
    ordered,already have a tracking number and all. Those people at newegg are fast and they have people working 24/7. I messaged them at 1am to try and swap out the OEM BD drive for a retail version and they said they cannot change the order once the order is ready to ship @ 1:15am. Do they have people responding to emails all night? I just ordered the retail BD drive and am going to return the other. Maybe I'll do the same for the mobo if they let me.

    Going to look into that because I would like to upgrade that machine so that I can
    do anything on it.

    HD Gaming
    Emulation
    Watching HD Videos
    Recording HDTV
    Web Browsing


    Thanks for your help. :) :toast:
     
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    Whag you ordered will work fine the other boards are better I would probably cancel. Also a gtx260 is overkill foran htpc but if its what you have and you don't have to spend anything extra have at it.
     
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    I'm using that motherboard, its pretty stable, if you plan on overclocking the CPU I recommend upgrading the firmware to the latest version as it allowed me to get more stable results when overclocking the memory and CPU.

    How can you tell that its not bad? I've noticed recently that people turning to low quality game videos on youtube rather than reviews. That video does not show the frame rate, it could be running at low detail @ 20 FPS playing at 2x speed for all we know. From owning that motherboard I can tell you that for gaming performance its rubbish, games are bearly playable as with all integrated video cards. Although for movie playback I can confirm that it can play 720p and 1080p with ease which was your main requirement of the HTPC.
     
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    Oh, I thought if it could play newer games even at the lowest settings it could
    definitely play my emulators with ease. Like PJ64 or PSX.

    Definitely do not think it can play crysis wars. My main machine can get only get 25-59 FPS Full settings 1080p no AA no Vsync.

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    Got Some Parts In!!!!!

    So I got the case, mobo, ram, psu, cpu and bd. The mobo box looked open even though
    I didn't open it because I am getting another mobo in the mail. The OEM BD drive came with
    the software the customer service rep said it didn't. Cant wait for the mobo to come in so I
    can put everything together. Going to have to send back the retail BD drive and the MSI mobo
    when the BD drive arrives tomorrow.

    Here are some pics of my cables so far. Cant wait to see how it comes out. I been thinking
    of putting in my red fans from my main computer.

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    Going to have to sleeve those front panel wires too.
     
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    I once had an idea like that, where the computer would wake you up and open any programs
    or websites you program it to. I am not sure if there exist any software like that but it would be a great idea.
     

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