Thank you so much, renethx.
One question I'd have for owners of HTPC's
a lot of the system specs I've seen in this thread don't seem to own dedicated sound cards
. Is the sound you get from the mother board good enough?
I have quite a number of lossless albums in FLAC and WAV and would like to get the most out of them.
Would adding a dedicated soundcard like the
Xonar D2X Professional 7.1 PCI-E or
Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim PCI or
XONAR DX PCI express 7.1 Channel
to the mid-range unit below recommended by renethx make sense?
I have a Denon AVR, so i think I would want a dedicated sound card.
Also, I don't see a TV tuner card
. Is this included in the graphics card? How would you record TV on the HTPC without a TV tuner card?
Thank you and please pardon the ignorance
CPU: Core i3 530 2.93GHz LGA1156, $113.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 風神鍛 (Geminii S) RR-CCH-PBU1-GP, $30, with Cooler Master RR-ACC-1156-GP LGA1156 Retention Bracket Set, $4.
Motherboard: ASRock H55M Pro LGA1156 Intel H55 chipset microATX, $95. If you need an IDE connector and/or a FDD connector, choose GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA1156 Intel H55 chipset microATX, $105, or ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA1156 Intel H55 chipset microATX, $110. GIGABYTE and ASUS are releasing also USB 3.0 versions.
Memory: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ DDR3-1600 2 x 2GB Kit, $105.
Graphics Card (ATI): HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 GDDR5 512MB, $100. An alternative is Sapphire HD 5670 512GB GDDR5, $100.
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): ASUS ENGT240/DI/512MD5/A GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 512MB, $100.
HDD: Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640GB SATA 3.0Gbps, $63.
PSU: Corsair VX450W CMPSU-450VX 450W, $70. An alternative is Enermax ECO80+ 400W EES400AWT, $58.
Case: Antec Fusion Remote Black microATX, with LCD/IR receiver/remote, $130.
Total Cost: $712 for ATI, $712 for NVIDIA