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Old 03-15-2013, 07:39 AM - Thread Starter
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Biostar AMD A68 BGA FT1 Motherboard and ADATA Premier Srs 4GB DDR3 Desktop Memory Module and HEC 8K01 Mini ITX Case w/ 200W PSU Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7770207&csid=_61

Would still need an SSD and DVD drive.

Is this worth jumping on as a budget HTPC solution?

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:06 AM
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You don't "need" a DVD drive. You do need an OS. Assassin has OEM Win7 licenses for a good price right now.

The graphics processor in the MoBo looks pretty decent. (AMD 6310)

The MoBo only supports 6 channel but the 6300 GPU is capable of 8 channel audio.

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Wouldn't I just be able to run XBMC on Linux?
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You can do that too.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1433975/openelec-why-did-i-ever-use-xbmc-on-windows

I use mine for more that a streamer box though. It is my CableCARD DVR for encrypted and copy protected content.

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So, the question remains whether this is a great price for someone who wants the control of an HTPC with the ease of a media streaming device.
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I am not familiar with the processor but the price is so good you can't go wrong checking it out and reporting back to us!

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Dave:

I don't have any personal experience using Radeon graphics with a Linux-based installation of XBMC. (I run XBMCbuntu on a little Revo with Nvidia ION.) However, I've repeatedly seen posts mentioning that Radeon/Linux support isn't as well developed as Nvidia/Linux support. I'm sure a little searching around the forum could provide you with more detail

In my experience, however, any Linux install brings with it a one-time frustration session (which I've dubbed "the Linux dick-around") as you get everything configured properly; so maybe the Nvidia or Radeon graphics will just bring different elements to that dick-around, and following that setup, either can work well.
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