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Old June 25, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Hi guys. I'm gonna build a HTPC soon and was wondering if the current components i have picked out will be enough to smootly playback 1080p / 1080i / 720p content. I was wondering which of these two would work better for my needs. If the AMD setup can playback 1080p without problems then i would have no reason to go Intel.

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Athlon 64 X2 BE-2400+ 2.3Ghz 65nm 45W
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G with integrated HD3200 GFX card
A-data 2GB DDR2
WD 640Gb HDD
Antec Fusion Black 430 with 430W PSU
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Intel E2200
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A-data 2GB DDR2
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Old June 25, 2008, 09:27 PM
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Can the HD3200 do hardware acceleration for h.264? I know the 8600GT can.
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Old June 25, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Yup.

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One of the most exciting aspects of the RS780 chipset on the AMD 780G boards is that it incorporates the hardware decoding of VC-1, H.264, MPEG2 with it's UVD technology that was formerly available on discrete graphics cards. With it, you can offload the CPU and let the chipset with integrated graphics handle the decoding.


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Old June 25, 2008, 09:55 PM
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Well in that case I am sure the AMD will be fine.
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I might suggest bumping the processor up to a 4850e since the BE- series of AMD proc. was really just their first low-power AM2 "test" AFAIK. The newer "e" series is supposed to be just as energy efficient and more powerful to boot. Also, if you want to squeeze a few extra frames/ smoothness of a 780G motherboard don't forget that you can "Hybrid crossfire" it with a 3400- series video card.

Also, what case/coolnig are you planning on using?
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Old June 26, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Yeah, i'll get the 4850e. The local shops here didn't list the "nm" so i wasn't sure. I'm gonna use an Antec Fusion 430. I think the stock cooling (it comes with 2 exhausts) will be enough for it.
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One question here. Are you just using this to play 1080p content or are you also going to be piping in a HD tv signals from a source such as cable or satellite ?

If not then i would suggest you look at a little box called "The Popcorn Hour" i have one and love it for it's price and simplicity.

Connections - component, hdmi 1.1, cox audio, analog, composite

Plays just about anything i throw at it except ogg/ogm encoded stuff.

It's worth checking out at least.

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I woudl be weary of AMD with 1080P stuff. My AMD 4400+ sometimes has issues with the 720p stuff and 1080i stuff, let alone 1080p. I've actually over clocked it a bit too.
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One question here. Are you just using this to play 1080p content or are you also going to be piping in a HD tv signals from a source such as cable or satellite ?

If not then i would suggest you look at a little box called "The Popcorn Hour" i have one and love it for it's price and simplicity.

Connections - component, hdmi 1.1, cox audio, analog, composite

Plays just about anything i throw at it except ogg/ogm encoded stuff.

It's worth checking out at least.

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A friend of mine has one. It's good for playback but everything else sucks on it :) I want to add a 802.11n wireless NIC to it so i can download mkv's directly on the htpc without having to swap HDD's and stuff.

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I woudl be weary of AMD with 1080P stuff. My AMD 4400+ sometimes has issues with the 720p stuff and 1080i stuff, let alone 1080p. I've actually over clocked it a bit too.
I don't know man. Maybe it's your video card? I'll just risk on the AMD setup since it's been getting positive reviews for HD stuff everywhere... if it doesn't work out then i'll either add another GFX card and crossfire or switch to Intel.
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Old June 27, 2008, 04:37 AM
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A friend of mine has one. It's good for playback but everything else sucks on it :) I want to add a 802.11n wireless NIC to it so i can download mkv's directly on the htpc without having to swap HDD's and stuff.



I don't know man. Maybe it's your video card? I'll just risk on the AMD setup since it's been getting positive reviews for HD stuff everywhere... if it doesn't work out then i'll either add another GFX card and crossfire or switch to Intel.
Not sure what you mean by everything else sucks on it. but i it has played everything i have thrown at it except the ogg/ogm stuff. I just stream the content to my popcorn hour over my lan. Works like a charm and is very quiet.

But if you would still rather go the HTPC approach just make sure you have alot of cpu power and a hdcp enabled video card.
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