Mini HTPC

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Feb 11, 2011

Mini HTPC by Dr.Aqua at 6:27 AM (1,454 Views / 0 Likes) 18 replies

  1. Dr.Aqua
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    Would this work out?
     
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    I don't think 250W will power that graphics card, you should look into it.

    Also your motherboard has an intergrated video card, so you might not need another one.
     
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    hmmm

    Any suggestions

    id like to make it around $300
     
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    Your best video card for HTPC is Radeon HD 5450. I have a HP Slimline with 300W PSU and I use Radeon HD 5570. So pick 5450 if you do 2D gaming, and 5570 if you do mid-quality 3D gaming. Radeon HD 5570 uses less power and comparable to GT 430.
     
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    I meant like a uild

    I want low/normal everyday use power
    mini itx
    3d bluray support
    yah

    hd radeon 5450 no 3d
     
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    I think an Atom/ION like Nollog said would be good.
     
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    Only Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 support 3D Blu-ray, and those video card don't have low profile and small power consumption requirement.

    For Nvidia you need 3D Vision kit, a 3D capable TV/monitor, and 3D capable blu-ray player. It'll cost a lot of money. $300 budget isn't going to cut it.
     
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    already got that stuff though
     
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    Then it'll be good enough. As for PSU, you can do some mental calculation.

    CPU - 65W
    GPU - 50W

    That adds up to 115W, with other components I see, you get about ~170W power drain at peak. You should be fine with a 250W PSU. Just make sure that 250W PSU is at least 80% efficient. More efficient equal less heat. Small form factor (Mini-ITX) is really sensitive to heat. Though CPU I recommend 250e as opposed to 260, 20W less power drain at the expense of 0.2GHz slower.
     
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    but the fermi card requires 300w
     
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    No it doesn't. 300W is total PSU recommendation under worst case scenario. Since you are using GT 430 you can look them up here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_400_Series. Look at TDP for GT 430.

    Nvidia and AMD usually overstate PSU requirement to make sure their card works on consumer PCs. I run a 5570 (TDP 42W) and Athlon X2 4450e (TDP 45W) with a 300W PSU just fine. Calculator estimated that my PC at peak would draw about 140W. If you want to jump to 300W that's okay, I'm just saying that given that this is Mini-ITX and you picked a 65W CPU, 250W PSU can do the job. Now if you plan to OC that's a completely different story.

    Like I said if you have extra money buy Athlon II X2 250e instead of 260 to reduce heat build up inside.
     
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    hmm
    would an intel build be better?
     
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    Atom/ION build? Sure, if you don't do any gaming on it, it'll be perfect. It is designed as a low cost HTPC. Don't know if it'll do 3D blu-ray though.
     
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    Thats wat he videocard is for i suppose

    I was actually thinking about core i3 when i wrote it
     
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    Core i3 is more powerful than Athlon II X2, but more expensive and more power consuming. Core i3 is more of a low-end performance CPU, rather than mainstream.
     
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    Yah but maybe Turbo bosot and hyperthread will help with video encoding
     
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    Turbo Boost is not available in Core i3. Hyper-threading only shines when you multi-task (running multiple apps at the same time). Even then don't expect a huge performance gain.
     
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    Yah
    the virtual core can compare with the physical cores of i5
    Stupid sandy bridge error thing
    Sandy Bridge Capable of 3d bluray
     

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