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Build Advice HTPC help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ModaRobby, 1 Dec 2009.

  1. ModaRobby

    ModaRobby New Member

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    I've wanted to build a Home Theatre PC for awhile now. I just have a few questions. What caliber of graphics card do i need? Do i need an ATI Radeon 4670, or a 9500gt or something cheaper. My tv is a 27" regular tv. none of that plasma lcd hd stuff. The tv has an s-video port but no hdmi.

    any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. javaman

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    What processor are you using? In answer yes, both those cards are fine. An ion system uses an atom with a 9400 and can manage HD playback with a slight res drop. Most 2GHz+ dual cores on their own can manage it albeit at 100% load. CPC did a hometheater article ages ago and an AMD 4200+ I think it was managed ok on its own. Using a 9600 dropped its usage down into 20-30 region (have to look up exact numbers later). Wonder if bit or cpc will do another article in the near future.
     
  3. ModaRobby

    ModaRobby New Member

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    I was planning on using 2gbs of RAM and the same processor i have listed in my sig.
     
  4. Alexg

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    Key point here is that its not an HD TV so no need for high definition - just about anything made in the last few years would be able to handle it easily.

    Buy an original modded xbox off ebay (20 quid or so) and install xbmc - there are lots of guides on the web about this. This will do everything you need very well for very little money.
     
  5. ModaRobby

    ModaRobby New Member

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    Not to be rude but i definitely dont want another black xbox sitting around my house. They look ugly and i enjoy the process of build my own pcs anyway. There are currently 3 in the house, surprisingly my moms being the fastest.....
     

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