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Old September 5, 2010, 05:54 AM
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Hello Guys,

I would just like to start by saying this is a great forum you got here. I have been reading the forum for a while but have never really posted.

I have been build gaming systems for years, but have never really built a HTPC/server like i am thinking about now. I have a couple of questions I would like to ask regarding software and hardware.

1. Is it a good idea to combine both a HTPC and server? The reason I ask is because i plan to put windows Server 2008 on it.

Thats the only question i had about software.

2. I plan to use a Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Black SFF for this build. I have a P5LP-LE and a e6750. My question is would it be worth it to upgrade to a Gigabyte H55M-S2 and a G6950?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old September 5, 2010, 08:00 AM
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Your current hardware will suffice, just slap a HD4350 in there to get native HDMI output with audio.

And typically you don't combine server + HTPC as you normally want the HTPC to be as silent as possible, but you can make the server silent too. Depends what you need from it though.

I think things like XMBC or MediaPortal should run fine under Server 2008 (R2 I'm hoping?) though not sure you could use Windows Media Center.
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My question is would it be worth it to upgrade to a Gigabyte H55M-S2 and a G6950?
Nope.
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i think i need a new video card tho... I only have a 8800GTS 320MB laying around.. what do you guys recommend?
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i think i need a new video card tho... I only have a 8800GTS 320MB laying around.. what do you guys recommend?
HD4350 as I said above as long as you aren't gaming. Otherwise you'll probably want something like a HD5770 or HD5850.
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ATI 5450 would be my choice. It will allow for HW acceleration in flash and VLC AND allows for cooler running and less power over a 4xxx series card.
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Old September 6, 2010, 07:19 AM
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ATI 5450 would be my choice. It will allow for HW acceleration in flash and VLC AND allows for cooler running and less power over a 4xxx series card.
I was looking them up on ncix. I am gonna get the XFX ATI 5450. Thanks for the suggestion.
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