HTPC Hardware - Is it ok?
#1
Hi!

I will be setting up at htpc that I want to run xbmc on. I have come up with this hardware:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4850e 2,5GHz Box (CPU (AMD Socket AM2))
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (Moderkort - AMD Socket AM2)
Corsair XMS2 Xtreme TwinX DDR2 PC5400/675MHz CL4 2x1GB
Antec Fusion Black 430 (Svart) (Desktop/HTPC-chassin)

I will throw in a harddrive aswell but I guess that any harddrive will do the trick. So any comments on my setup? Will this be able to play 1080p? Because that is a must...
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#2
Hi permagnus, i'm running the same mob and cpu combo.
I got no problems playing 720p and i'm running almost all 1080p with no prob.
tv/beamer out works nice and so does the HDMI
Above all this combo is very energy efficient (if XBMC doesn't run @ full CPU) and it's always nice to have youre HTPC in suspend.
All and all i can recommend this board for Windows (not for Linux) also keep in mind that there is no hardware acceleration (DXVA) for XBMC
On a Win setup u can always run PowerDVD to play your Bleurays (maybe throe the program launcher) it has no probs at all with this.
With this setup u can get all the XBMC fun and still play Bleuray and enjoy HD and the full fun threuHD sound.
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if "1080p is a must" in XBMC then you shuld go with a faster CPU, at the very least a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ processor (or faster), ...otherwise you will have to resort to workarounds like Lament Configuration suggest above and play 1080p videos outside of XBMC with PowerDVD or WinDVD
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Gamester17 Wrote:if "1080p is a must" in XBMC then you shuld go with a faster CPU, at the very least a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ processor (or faster), ...otherwise you will have to resort to workarounds like Lament Configuration suggest above and play 1080p videos outside of XBMC with PowerDVD or WinDVD

The workaround i suggest is more for playing Bleuray at witch this mobo rules,
currently XBMC doesn't play Bleuray and if u have a HTPC it is nice to play the new Dolby and DTS tracks supported by Powerdvd (and hopefully your reciever) especially with the low prices on Bleuray drives.
Almost all 1080p a trow at it work in XBMC and with further development of XBMC for Win i think it will all play well.
But to be on the safe side u can prob. do with a better CPU.
And to be honest if i would take the one from Gamester17 at heart because he knows his project best Laugh
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