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Topic # 25816 2-Sep-2008 15:26
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Hi folks,

In an attempt to get a better understanding of what kind of specs I should put into my HTPC, I have comiled a list of various peoples h/w specs.

I've gone through the first couple of pages of the "Show & Tell" thread, and itemised each persons specs in a table.

Originally, I was just doing it for myself, so I could make easy comparisons, and see what kind of specs work well together.  However, I figured I would make it publicly available (and editable) on Google Docs for all to see / ammend...

I looked for some way of doing this 'in house' at GZ, but didn't find it...

Feel free to add your specs to the online spreadsheet here:


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  Reply # 161619 2-Sep-2008 16:55
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This is a pretty large task, but good luck.
From my observations there are 4 main configurations of a HTPC which you could catagorise by CPU, then the appropriate ram amount and graphics card for each performance/price point
Low end dual core, usually AMD 5xxx or 4xxx
High end dual core, usually Intel e8xxx or e7xxx
Low end quad core, usually AMD Phenom
High end quad core, usually Intel Core 2 Quad

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  Reply # 161650 2-Sep-2008 18:30
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Nice idea. It would be good if people can comment on what it is used for. ie I currently use mine for dvb-s and playing HD movies but hope to eventually get HD TV if MS start supporting it.

Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64


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  Reply # 161662 2-Sep-2008 19:11
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I will modify the details you have inputted regarding my previously proposed HTPC, as I have now built it and can confirm what I used.

[EDIT] Done.

HTPC: Silverstone LC16M | abit IP35 Pro | Intel Quad Q9400 2.5GHz | Corsair 520HX | Samsung SH-S203D DVD Writer | NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB RAM | 2 x 750GB Western Digital Caviar GP HDD | 4GB DDR800 RAM | D-Link DWA-547 Rangebooster N 650 Desktop | Blackgold BGT3540 | Microsoft Remote Control & Remote Keyboard for Windows Media Center | Windows 7 64bit

Mobile: Nokia N97, Nokia N900, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 3D, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III (current)

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Reply # 161693 2-Sep-2008 21:27
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nice idea. I have added mine to the list. Just getting into the HTPC scene. Haven't bothered with a discrete graphics card as I'm not interested in using my HTPC for gaming. Will be used to store and stream my DVD collection, play Blu-Ray movies, lastly and most importantly it's going to solve all the fighting in my house.

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