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I'm looking to build two PCs from one existing PC and several other spare parts with the least possible expense on new parts. One PC would be for gaming, while the other would be a DVR with possible future upgrades to a full HTPC. I know most of what I need to about the gaming setup, but I have found conflicting info about G33 and HD/Blu-ray video decoding. Here are the configs that I'm planning, assuming that the G33 board can handle HTPC duties. (* = to be purchased)

---DVR PC---
Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2H motherboard
* Intel E6850, E8200, or similar CPU
* 4GB PC2-6400 dual channel RAM
X-Qpack2 microATX cube case
OCZ ModXstream Pro 600 watt power supply
Seagate 7200.1 100GB 2.5" IDE system drive
Seagate 7200.10 750GB 3.5" SATA storage drive
Hauppage HVR-2250 dual clearQAM tuner
* Ceton Infinitv 4 PCIe quad cablecard tuner

---Gaming PC---
Intel DG45ID motherboard
Intel Q6600 (SLACR) CPU
2GB Crucial Tracer PC2-6400 dual channel RAM
Thermaltake Lanbox microATX cube case
Ultra Xfinity 2G 600 watt power supply
2x 250GB WD Scorpio Black in SATA RAID 0 system drive
Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA storage drive
Palit 896MB Nvidia GTX-275 video card

According to Gigabyte the G33 board supports blu-ray, but reviews and forums online say differently, and they indicate that it doesn't offload any HD video decoding. Does the above DVR look good, or should I replace the G33 board?

If I need to replace the G33 board, should I use tthe DG45ID instead and look for a better gaming board (likely expensive), or does anyone know of an inexpensive CPU + microATX motherboard combo geared towards HTPCs?

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I would get a lower wattage C2Duo for the DVR PC and something like an ATI 5450 ($25)/6450 or NVida 430 ($40).

Something like this is a good Core2Duo HTPC CPU when coupled with a graphics card.
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I am looking at low watt C2D's, though I hadn't considered adding a video card to the DVR. Are there low cost, low watt video cards that will offload a significant amount of HD processing, support Blu-ray, and not be constricted by the x4 slot on the G33 board? (also looking for advice from anyone who has tried a G33)
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I am looking at low watt C2D's, though I hadn't considered adding a video card to the DVR. Are there low cost, low watt video cards that will offload a significant amount of HD processing, support Blu-ray, and not be constricted by the x4 slot on the G33 board? (also looking for advice from anyone who has tried a G33)

Even a 1.0 x4 slot shouldn't limit something like the 5450.

A passive 5450 draws about 20 watts.
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Even a 1.0 x4 slot shouldn't limit something like the 5450.

A passive 5450 draws about 20 watts.

Thanks Assassin!

Good idea, but I just realized the G33 board only has 2 pcie slots, so I'd have to give up a tuner. Looks like I may need a new board (I suspect that having the C2D do all the work would push up system temps beyond where I'd like them).
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