HTPC Build

Discussion in 'New Build / Upgrade Advice' started by The Angler, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. The Angler

    The Angler Geek Trainee

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    Hey all,

    I'm trying to decide between quad core or dual for my htpc build. I'm looking for full hd video playback including mkv files, and bluray.

    Here is my case I'll be using w/ 275w psu:

    Dual core which looks promising:

    Quad which I'm wondering if it'd be the best option:

    I plan to use the onboard video with hdmi connection from either board.
    any input would be a great help, its been a VERY LONG TIME since I've had a new build in progress. The dual core has some good reviews. Is 1.6x2 enough processing power?

    Cheers [​IMG]
  2. thomas234

    thomas234 Big Geek

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    Although the motherboard with a dual core processor also has USB 3.0, I seriously doubt whether the dual core processor will be up to much. Check out for processor ratings. The quad core scored 3000+ whereas the dual core scored ~730 which isn't much better than the old Pentium 4's!
  3. M_Kincy

    M_Kincy Geek

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    I would not buy a case with a Flex ATX Power Supply, Its not a question of if the PS is going to go out but when it will go out. when it does you will have to replace the whole case because its near impossible to find a flex PS for sale. While its not a big deal to replace the case on a normal PC, HTPC's are a pain to work in because of the size. Though i would normaly recomend a case that will accept full size atx components, they dont fit well into a low budget build, so sticking "close" to your original case budget i would recomend this case. which takes a mini atx PSU.

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