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Ive come to the end of my teather.

I need a 1080p capable system..it will need to work without frame drops using 1080p h264 discs with high bitrate!Preferably id like to O'C.

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renethx has 2 suggested builds, one of which is about 1/2 your budget, both capable of playing HD content smoothly. With the new 8500/8600s (or upcoming ATI HD2x00s) h264 should not be a problem anymore.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=710828
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renethx has 2 suggested builds, one of which is about 1/2 your budget, both capable of playing HD content smoothly. With the new 8500/8600s (or upcoming ATI HD2x00s) h264 should not be a problem anymore.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=710828


The number of times ive looked through that thread...any personal suggestions?

Im not to keen on the pc5300 ram!

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The number of times ive looked through that thread...any personal suggestions?

Im not to keen on the pc5300 ram!

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Then just buy a DDR2-800 kit...the motherboard will do what it can, but you should have enough headroom this way.

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8500gt - $99
q6600 - $266 (quad core after 7/22 price drop)

throw in a gig or 2 of ram, a cheap mobo and your pretty much set (assuming you already have a case, psu, monitor, etc). the 8600/8500 does most of the work for h.264 sources and the cpu should be able to handle anything you throw at it.

the only issue is getting a bd/hd-dvd drive for cheap if you wanna go down that route.
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ya definitely go with 2GB of DDR2800 and the 8500. I would honestly go with renethx's recommendations, his opinion is highly valued here. Don't blindly purchase, but everything I've seen recommended is high quality. Good luck!
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