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Old April 24, 2013, 12:04 PM
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My System Specs


Originally Posted by enaberif View Post
Software: XBMC

The processor will work but can struggle and cause playback issues on 1080p stuff. This is why I upgraded to a i5.
I disagree. I was using an old 1.8Ghz Athlon I dual core for a period of time in my HTPC. It kept up just fine for 1080p. A q6600 should be miles ahead of what that old processor can do.
Make sure you put a nice quiet aftermarket cooler on that processor. Not for any overclocking headroom, but because the stock heatsinks can get rather whiny and loud. A large heatsink (Hyper212+) should be inaudible at idle/low usage.

As far as a remote is concerned, you could either a) spend money and buy a fancy remote, or b) buy a cheap wireless keyboard that has a trackpad built in. I went a third option and bought a wireless mouse/keyboard combo.

For wireless connectivity, the Gigabyte GC-WB300D would do. I threw one into my stepson's rig, and have no complaints. 300Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0 antennas.

Gigabyte Bluetooth 4.0 & WiFi Expansion Card at Memory Express

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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