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post #256 of 320
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Originally Posted by dah328 View Post
I'm thinking of putting together an HTPC that would also serve as a light file server for media and automatically backing up my laptop. My criteria are: - Quiet - Enough graphics power for smooth 1080p HD playback over HDMI - Enough CPU power to support light multi-user use over Win7 RDP I do not care about: - High-quality audio - Any kind of gaming - Power usage (within reason) I am thinking about going with the Intel Core i3-2100 with integrated graphics on a motherboard with the Intel H67 chipset. By all accounts, the integrated graphics are more than capable of handling 1080p playback thus saving me the expense (and noise) of a separate graphics card. The dual-core, hyperthreaded CPU should give me more than enough power for the occasional RDP session. Is there anything else I should consider? The CPU is a little spendy at $125, but I don't see AMD offering anything comparable and I do like the idea of not needing a separate video card.
I recently built a box with an i3-2100. That processor is fast as blazes and will be more than enough for you. It's a really huge improvement from the E6600 I had before. I built my computer into an HP Slimline case that I had. It's a nice little case for an HTPC, although a tight fit. The integrated graphics on the ASRock H67M-ITX I used are more than enough for you, and includes HDMI out. I paired it with an HD 5570 and it's pretty good, considering the whole computer with 8GB and 1TB cost under 500 bucks. The only problem with that motherboard is that there isn't a PCIe x1 slot, just a x16 for a graphics card, so it would make it a little more difficult to get a TV tuner. You can purchase an external one, but they're slightly more expensive than PCI ones. Make sure you look into a quiet hard drive. I chose Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX and it's really freaking loud.
post #257 of 320
just built two new boxes for the house a month or two back.

a 2600k workstation on an asus p67 pro with 8gb vengeance ram, an asus dcii 6970 card, a 120gb intel 510 ssd and a bunch of caviar green 2tb drives and matching elements for back up. put it all in a huge coolermaster atcs case.

also put a 2500k on an asus h67 micro atx board with the integrated graphics for an htpc. also 8gb ram in it and a previous gen 120gb intel x25-m ssd. runs super quiet with only the ssd in that box. almost like this one better as it boots faster too. i reused my old coolermaster wavemaster for this build even thought its overly large for the components.

laptops always drive me completely nuts.
post #258 of 320
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post
Wow, this thread took me back to 1999....

Desktops, lol.

Wat?
post #259 of 320
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post
Wow, this thread took me back to 1999....

Desktops, lol.

Yea it really does, before I switched to a Mac I used to be building a new pc all the time. Now I spend more time actually using it than working on it.
post #260 of 320
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Originally Posted by Wolfador View Post
Yea it really does, before I switched to a Mac I used to be building a new pc all the time. Now I spend more time actually using it than working on it.

u r doing it wrong.
post #261 of 320
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Originally Posted by dah328 View Post
u r doing it wrong.

+1
post #262 of 320
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post
Wow, this thread took me back to 1999....

Desktops, lol.

Lol obviously you dont game.

And next time a mac can play BF3 or any other recent game in full graphics settings, or even at all please PM me.
post #263 of 320
He's a Mac guy....nuff said. Probably is guffawing at "lol desktops" because his needs can be more than served with an iPhone or a netbook. Anyway, I shouldn't talk trash the "lol desktop" attitude is making prices nice and low for those of us who like power
post #264 of 320
where can i get a dual/triple screen monitor stand for a decent price?
post #265 of 320
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Originally Posted by yjeezle View Post
where can i get a dual/triple screen monitor stand for a decent price?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ple%20Monitors
post #266 of 320
Selling my babyyyyyyy. Full right with all software, accessories, ready to rock n roll.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...aming+computer
post #267 of 320
Going to bump this. Newly built desktop rig won't re-start windows 7 correctly. 4th time reinstalling everything. Not sure what the problem is and I am not a tech person. It occurs every time after I install drivers for my video card.
post #268 of 320
What do you mean by "won't restart correctly?" What EXACTLY is happening?
post #269 of 320
The transition between start windows page and the log on page (username/password) takes about 20 minutes. Usually the log on page appears immediately after windows 7 starting page disappears, but somehow that's not the case after I installed the video card drivers.
post #270 of 320
Sorry for being obvious, but you have the right, most up to date drivers right, from the website and not the CD that came w/ the card?

And, you have enough wattage in your PSU to pump whatever video card that is?
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