Originally Posted by sebik
what is final then?i wanna buy items for my silverstone16m chassi+receiver for my BW CM7
what is working way ?
isnt best choice i3+MB+9500GT+Xonar 1.3 SLIM for DTS HD MA?
My old build was a i7 920 on an x55 chipset board. I had a GTX260 and Xonar 1.3HD slim. I also had 2x 2TB drives. Rock solid but big, bulky, noisey, and generated a lot of heat. I mainly bought this stuff so I could game on my 65" as well as have a killer HTPC.
My new build is quiet and generates almost zero heat. It also is very small because I am using the video from the CPU. The i5 661 is fairly competent as well and can run on about 1W of power with the right board. For an HTPC I think it is superior and it is also much cheaper.
While Denon makes a great product, the HDMI implementation has problems with my current HTPC (and others' PCs). There are workarounds that I have listed in this post that make it work almost perfectly.
My problems seem to be board/memory related. The Intel board is rock solid but is ZERO frills. There are plenty of people using the H55 Gigabyte boards with success.
So figure out what is most important, HTPC or 3D video (games). If you lean towards the HTPC, then without question the i5. If you want some gaming, you may need to go with an i7, video card, and Xonar but know that it will costs you at least $500 more.
The thing that your board needs is the "Intel Management Engine". There doesn't seem to be an easy way to figure this out other than trying to install the Intel Drivers or reading on these boards. Without this you will not be able to bitstream with the i5.