After reading this thread from pretty much starting with page 1 (and re-reading many posts!
), I think i'm finally ready to build a new HTPC to go with the new Plasma sitting in the bedroom... Props to Renethx for all of the insights and recommendations and the ongoing contributions that benefit all of us.
My objectives are to do SD/HDTV (probably some post processing involved), DVD, BR (mkv and BR drive in near future - Black Friday?
), 5.1, all through Meedio front end (still TBD
), music, and possibly light gaming (ie, emulators, not COD4).
Picked up NSK2480 from Fry's with a rebate and now looking to fill it up...
Original plan (pretty much Renethx' Mid Range AMD system with Mb upgrade):
CPU x3 8750
Mb gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H
Cooler Scythe SCSK-1000 100mm Shuriken CPU Cooler
HDD WD 320G Green HDD
memory A-DATA ADQVE1A16K DDR2-800 2 x 1GB Kit
No GPU - per Renethx, this MB/CPU combo should handle everything i need it to, no?
So Fry's runs an add today, with the x4 9750 and GA MA78GM S2H Mb about the same price as my chosen pair above...
Am i better off with the Fry's deal or going with the original game plan? If I add a GPU later, would that favor the original plan or the Fry's deal?