Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Spec me a HTPC please.

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,731
    Thanks
    230
    Thanked
    151 times in 132 posts
    • Sputnik's system
      • Motherboard:
      • J&W 790GX Extreme
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II 720be
      • Memory:
      • OCZ DDR2-6400
      • PSU:
      • Enermax

    Spec me a HTPC please.

    Thinking on the lines of 2x1Tb samsungs, dual core AMD of some description, Possibly the Asus M4A78-HTPC board, A pair of dual tuner cards and anything else I might need.

    It seems I blinked and the energy efficient AMD CPU's have gone !

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bedford/Leicester
    Posts
    535
    Thanks
    52
    Thanked
    45 times in 45 posts
    • Hawker1986's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Biostar Tpower X58A / Gigabyte X58A-UD5
      • CPU:
      • i7 950@4Ghz TRUE / i7 920@4Ghz H50-1
      • Memory:
      • 6GB Crucial Ballistix@1336mhz / 6GB Corsair XMS3@1528mhz
      • Storage:
      • 128GB G.Skill Falcon + 1.5TB + 2x400GB / Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD + 1.5TB + 500GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 5850@825/1150 / 5870@900/1300
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Liberty 620W / Corsair HX850
      • Case:
      • Antec P182 / Silverstone FT02B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 x64 Ultimate / Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell E248WFP 24" / Benq G2420HDBL 24"
      • Internet:
      • 10mb Virgin Cable / 24mb Talk Talk ADSL

    Re: Spec me a HTPC please.

    I would go with 2x1.5Tb samsung ecogreen F2s just because more space is always good and their very cheap atm. What case are you going for?

    Hawker
    Media Centre: C2D E5300@3.6Ghz : Gigabyte G31M-ES2L : 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR21066@1106mhz : Sapphire HD5450 : Haupaggue WinTV Nova-T 500 : Seasonic 380W : Corsair X32 32GB SSD : WD 250GB HDD : LG Blu-Ray/HDDVD ROM DVD-RW : Scythe Shuriken BIG Quiet : Lian-Li PC-C37 :
    WHS: Zotac 8200 M-ITX WIFI : AMD 4850e : 4GB G.Skill DDR21000 : 6x2TB : Scythe Shuriken Rev.B Quiet LP : Fractal Design Mini Array R2 :
    Laptop: Packard Bell EasyNote BG45-U-300 : 12" : Dual Core T2390 1.87Ghz : 2GB DDR2800 : Corsair X32 32GB SSD : Intel GMA X3100 :


  3. #3
    Bows out! CAT-THE-FIFTH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Hopefully somewhere less backstabby
    Posts
    28,789
    Thanks
    3,203
    Thanked
    4,456 times in 3,442 posts
    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: Spec me a HTPC please.

    I would look at getting a motherboard with the 785G chipset as it has better media decoding facilities.

    This is what I would get:

    Antec Fusion Remote ~ £106 to £112

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148790

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148791

    Asus M4A785D-M PRO ~ £57

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Samsung F1 1tb ~ £54

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    AMD Sempron 140 ~ £26

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    OR

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 ~£43

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    4gb PC-8500 RAM ~ £45

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Be Quiet 350W Pure Power PSU ~ £30

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166784

    OR

    Silverstone ST35 PSU ~ £32

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/350W-...ATA-80plus-Eff


    The energy efficient versions of the Athlon II X2,X3 and X4 which have a 45w TDP are being launched in the next month or two AFAIK.

    Here are some more details:

    http://en.inpai.com.cn/doc/enshowcont.asp?id=6844
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 24-08-2009 at 09:51 AM.


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

  4. Received thanks from:

    Sputnik (27-08-2009)

  5. #4
    Not a good person scaryjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    15,043
    Thanks
    1,194
    Thanked
    2,246 times in 1,847 posts
    • scaryjim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell Inspiron
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 8250U
      • Memory:
      • 1x 8GB DDR4 2400
      • Storage:
      • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon R5 230
      • PSU:
      • Battery/Dell brick
      • Case:
      • Dell Inspiron 5570
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15" 1080p laptop panel

    Re: Spec me a HTPC please.

    I've just rebuilt my HTPC with a Sempron 140 and an ASUS 785G motherboard (I got the EVO rather than the PRO - the difference being the EVO is AM3 / DDR3, has Sideport memory, and costs ~ £10 more!). It's absolutely perfect for the job - I strongly recommend it.

    Also my Sempron 140 unlocked to a dual core (Athlon II X2 4400e, according to CPU-Z) by enabling ACC and setting "Unleashing Mode" to enabled. Interestingly, the ASUS BIOS allows you to enable ACC without unlocking cores (you can enable ACC but leaving "Unleashing Mode" on disabled), so if you just want an overclocked single core you can still get the assistance of ACC!

    I'm currently running my Sempron undervolted by 0.12V which *should* be reducing my power draw even further - once I've bought a plug in power meter I'm going to do more playing with undervolting things and I'll do a write up with my results.

  6. Received thanks from:

    Sputnik (27-08-2009)

  7. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,731
    Thanks
    230
    Thanked
    151 times in 132 posts
    • Sputnik's system
      • Motherboard:
      • J&W 790GX Extreme
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II 720be
      • Memory:
      • OCZ DDR2-6400
      • PSU:
      • Enermax

    Re: Spec me a HTPC please.

    Thanks for the advice, I'll look into the suggestions. I had not looked at CPU's for a while and wondered why the Energy efficient ones was not listed any more.

  8. #6
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    21
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: Spec me a HTPC please.

    If you consider yourself an audiofile don't forget about obligatory, one and only Asus Xonar Slim sound card that will enable to send a lossless signal from blu-ray discs.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. HTPC Spec ?
    By Cornholio in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 13-04-2007, 07:14 AM
  2. Recycled parts = HTPC - spec check
    By frazered in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 26-02-2007, 06:03 PM
  3. My HTPC spec, any good?
    By mancubas in forum Consumer Electronics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 14-09-2006, 08:28 AM
  4. I'm lazy can you spec me a HTPC
    By happytechie in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 13-01-2006, 01:14 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •