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Choosing a Processor for an HTPC Build

by dlutter / November 28, 2011 1:19 PM PST

I am researching components in while I save up for my first PC build. The goal is to build a budget/low end HTPC. I don't know if I have a need for an HTPC and really just want to do the build for fun/curiosity. It may end up as a general purpose desktop when it is all said and done.

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One more thing...
by dlutter / November 28, 2011 1:34 PM PST

I wanted to mention, my second choice right now is the Athlon II X2 250. I'm not sure if a discrete graphics card would be needed with something like this, though.

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As to the CPU
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 5:06 PM PST

One has to know if it will be transcoding content on the fly. If so, you need about double that for CPU power.

If it's just to play content on some HDMI 1080 display, then pair up any CPU you listed with the fanless ATI 5450 card and you are there.

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Sorry, I am a new at this....
by dlutter / November 30, 2011 1:53 PM PST
In reply to: As to the CPU

Thanks for the reply, Bob. You'll have to forgive me, I am new to some of these terms.

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I can't answer that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2011 1:28 AM PST

Because you would be the one creating or supplying the content.

As to streaming, if the file is to be streamed, then we don't need that powerful card or CPU. We're moving bytes down the pipe and not much else.

I think the CPU and the 5450 would be a great solution.

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Fair enough.
by dlutter / December 1, 2011 8:49 AM PST
In reply to: I can't answer that.

Thanks for your help. I am sure I will have many more questions.

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