Originally Posted by assassin
Originally Posted by davemathews68
IMO a HTPC will be ready for everything.
Yes an HTPC can get sophisticated. I found as I started [hxxp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1333464
] my build
there is a reason Assassin named it "Simple/Beginer"!
I had the same questions you did.
First: Thank you assassin
for putting this information together in one cohesive place - very, very useful! It's proven a wonderful resource to point friends to who are interested in building their first computer and/or HTPC.
I've built a large number of systems before but never a dedicated HTPC. I have most of my components selected, thanks in large part to your guide, but I'd also like to understand one additional thing related to the integrated HD graphics.
According to the Intel press releases there are a few additional SB chips coming to market May 22, 2011. A couple of the additions I thought were notable for HTPC use:
Core i5 2405S - 2.5GHz w/ 3.3GHz Turbo, HD 3000 graphics
@850MHz-1100MHz, 6MB L3, 65W TDP - Est. price $205
Core i3 2105 - 3.1Ghz HT, HD 3000 graphics
@850MHz-1100MHz, 3MB L3, 65W TDP - Est. Price $134
So my question is; having little experience with an actual HTPC
a) is HD 2000 graphics enough to power everything need for full playback of all current commonly used files?
b) is there a noticeable, or worthwhile, jump in going to HD 3000 graphics over HD 2000?
c) Given both are 65W TDP, aside from the cost would there be any reason to NOT go with the i5? I much prefer physical cores to HT....not sure if there is any arguable use for 4 instead of 2 in a HTPC though.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies, and again for this great wealth of knowledge!