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Old July 3, 2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by stlouis1 View Post
i just upgraded my media center from an athlon x2 5050e 2.6ghz, 4gb ram, and a geforce 610 which was previously a radeon 4250.

HD was no issue, however, if you plan on using any plugin's i've noticed that if you leave it running long enough, xbmc's memory usage alone would get close to 2gb as some plugins seem to be a little buggy, so if you could get it up to 4gb, it might keep things running smooth so it doesn't start relying on page file

also, if you're planning on using the live tv with a tv server on the same system, more ram will help

just so you know, the only reason I upgraded was so I could play some games here and there, so i jumped up to a new A10-6700 APU. I figured the dual core with 4gb was pretty taxed, so a quad core with 8gb and integrated graphics should add enough extra resources to do so

bottom line is, any videocard will do for HD playback now days, ram should be your concern if you ask me

if it's going to be solely a media center, you might also consider running xbmc as the shell, skip the windows desktop entirely. If you really wanted too, you could use rt7lite to strip windows 7 right down to the bare minimum like i did.

Sounds like a better idea compared to what im planning. Im limited to 2GB DDR2 since that was the only amount i purchased because of WHS v.1 RAM limitations.

I dont have any plans to use live TV as i have basic cable for that. Primarily this HTPC will be playing all the movies/TV shows i have from the server and browsing the web instead of firing up the gaming PC.
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-Swiffy MCP35x X2, (2) Aphacool UT60 480 rad, Heatkiller rev. 3.0, i7 3930k @ 4.6 Ghz, 16 GB G.SKILL F3, Asus Rampage IV Extreme, XFX R9 290 w/ XPSC WB, Crucial M4 128GB & 240 GB Intel 530, (5) 3 TB Toshiba Drive, Corsair AX1200, Win 7 Ult 64-bit

HTPC Rig:
-G3258 @ Stock, Asrock Z97 Pro 4, Gigabyte 270x, 500 GB WD Black, (5) 2 TB WD Green, (1) 3 TB Toshiba HD, (1) 2 TB Samsung F4, Fractal Design R3, Corsair HX620 PS, Win 7 Ult 64-bit
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