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Old March 16, 2008, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by jdrom17 View Post
Well I'd go with an AMD-based setup, as it's cheap, runs cool, and has plenty of power.

The new AMD 780G chipset is rather awesome for HTPCs as the onboard video comes with HDMI output and it only costs like $100. An AMD X2 is another $100 or so, 2GB of DDR2-800 is like $50 and then you'd have yourself a starting platform.

For the sound card, I think you'd want to look into something from Auzentech or HT OMEGA or anything based on CMedia chipsets as they mostly have Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect so all your audio would be upconverted.
I definately agree with JDrom on this one. I love my Auzentech (in combination with a digital receiver) and the AMD chips are more than enough for HTPC duties.

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