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post #91 of 1016
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Originally Posted by jeffkro View Post


I think that's about as cheap as it goes.

Let's not be a negative Nancy, start googling!!!!
post #92 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Lars99 View Post

20$ broadcom card and it can do 1080p.

Cant do a Broadcom card in a ATV2. Only in the ATV1.

The ATV2 can play 1080 just fine but only outputs 720.
post #93 of 1016
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Originally Posted by dan4081 View Post

Cant do a Broadcom card in a ATV2. Only in the ATV1.

The ATV2 can play 1080 just fine but only outputs 720.

Err, you're right. I meant to say ATV1.
post #94 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

Let's not be a negative Nancy, start googling!!!!

$29 for that ECS on the newegg eggsaver is about as cheap as your going to ever get for a LGA1155 Mobo
post #95 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

$29 for that ECS on the newegg eggsaver is about as cheap as your going to ever get for a LGA1155 Mobo

Where did you see this for $29? I get Newegg emails all the time. Maybe I look through them too quickly.
post #96 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post

Where did you see this for $29? I get Newegg emails all the time. Maybe I look through them too quickly.

I bought one once for that. It was a while back.
post #97 of 1016
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

This is going to be tough to beat.

G530 $38 shipped with code
https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G530BOX&c=CJ
.

It was 37.99 plus $7 shipping FYI.


Was there free shipping I did not know about ?

I just bought one. Think I might try to make a server out of it and play around.
post #98 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

It was 37.99 plus $7 shipping FYI.


Was there free shipping I did not know about ?

I just bought one. Think I might try to make a server out of it and play around.

Thought it was free shipping. Still a great price.

BTW that's what I have in my server. Works great.
post #99 of 1016
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Thought it was free shipping. Still a great price.

BTW that's what I have in my server. Works great.

Wondering if I should use the 530 or 630 for the server ??

The second would become an office PC.

Debating where the extra speed is better. I have both.
post #100 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Wondering if I should use the 530 or 630 for the server ??

The second would become an office PC.

Debating where the extra speed is better. I have both.

530 in the server. Doesn't take much CPU power at all for a server.
post #101 of 1016
Speaking of the G530, what I can't find anywhere is the G530T. I was curious how it compared in price -- since it comes with the low-profile cooler already -- to a G530 + NT07-1156 or other low-profile HSF. I seem to be building quite the collection of regular stock Intel HSFs .
post #102 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I bought one once for that. It was a while back.

I just ordered the ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) from Newegg. They previously sent me a $10 coupon (linked to my account) which expires at the end of the month.
$59.00 -$10.00 +$2.99 shipping = $52.98 less $25.00 rebate = $27.98 final cost.

Now to pickup a G620 CPU from Micro Center. And the RAM from tigerdirect/CompUSA.

Thank you everyone for posting these great prices. I'll be piecing together this HTPC but I'm in no hurry.
post #103 of 1016
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If you have extra cooler I would take one off your hands.

I have a Thermaltake on my office PC here at the office. It sounds like a jet engine.

It's on my old E8500 core 2 duo and Asus Maximus Board. It once was a mighty machine in it's day- but now it's just noisy and hot.

Across the room is a Asrock 1155 with G620 that is faster, more efficient and quieter.

I want to reclock my old PC stock and replace the high end cooler with a quiet stock one. It's gaming days are over.
post #104 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post

I just ordered the ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) from Newegg. They previously sent me a $10 coupon (linked to my account) which expires at the end of the month.
$59.00 -$10.00 +$2.99 shipping = $52.98 less $25.00 rebate = $27.98 final cost.

Now to pickup a G620 CPU from Micro Center. And the RAM from tigerdirect/CompUSA.

Thank you everyone for posting these great prices. I'll be piecing together this HTPC but I'm in no hurry.

How you get the $10 coupon for newegg?


BWT- here is 15% of memory and stuff at newegg:

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail..._-E0A-_-Memory
post #105 of 1016
Anyone ever use ECS motherboard? They have an Intel H61 socket 1155 for $34.99 after MIR with $2.99 shipping.
post #106 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

How you get the $10 coupon for newegg?


BWT- here is 15% of memory and stuff at newegg:

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail..._-E0A-_-Memory

They emailed it to me back in March.

Their email said You've heard the buzz, you've read the glowing reviews, you've seen our jaw-droppingly fantastic product pricesso now it's time to give shopping at Newegg a try yourself! And there's no better timemake that next RAM or notebook or ink cartridge purchase from Newegg.com and we'll give you $10 OFF INSTANTLY!

Then it stated Exclusive New Customer Coupon. And NOTE: This is a unique promo code linked only to the Newegg.com account attached to this e-mail address. Promo code may only be used once per account. Available while funds last. Expires 4/30/2012.

I have no idea how it could be for a new customer & yet linked to an account. It's been a long time since I've purchased from them so they might be considering me a new customer. And maybe they consider an account just a person's email address.

I almost forgot that I had it. And when I checked the mobo rebate the purchase had to done by 4-15-2102. So I figured might as well jump on the this & combine the offers.

I did get the same Coupon Frenzy email that you linked to & I'll have to look at it closely.
post #107 of 1016
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

This is going to be tough to beat.

G530 $38 shipped with code
https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G530BOX&c=CJ

H61 Board $30-$37 shipped AR (goes on sale all the time for $30 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135288

4GB 1333 RAM $13 AR
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...srkey=P33-5310

So that's $81.

It looks like the 4GB RAM is a single module. Since the H61 mobo is dual channel how will that affect performance if using only a single module? Would I be better off getting a pair of 2GB RAM modules?
post #108 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

Anyone ever use ECS motherboard? They have an Intel H61 socket 1155 for $34.99 after MIR with $2.99 shipping.

I bought one for my llano build it was dead on arrival, pretty sure this can happen from any mobo company but it might be more frequent with some.
post #109 of 1016
With the controller being dual-channel you will get better performance with 2x2Gb running dual-channel than 1x4Gb.
post #110 of 1016
And for the price it would be silly not to run 2x4Gb on that dual-channel.
post #111 of 1016
If you're just running something like XBMC, even in single channel mode the performance would not be noticeable. That said, with RAM as cheap as it is, no reason not to go dual channel.
post #112 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

And for the price it would be silly not to run 2x4Gb on that dual-channel.

Just curious what you think the performance boost single channel vs dual channel mode?

Take a guess...
post #113 of 1016
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

With the controller being dual-channel you will get better performance with 2x2Gb running dual-channel than 1x4Gb.


Correct.


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Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post

It looks like the 4GB RAM is a single module. Since the H61 mobo is dual channel how will that affect performance if using only a single module? Would I be better off getting a pair of 2GB RAM modules?


Yes. and Yes. Not sure a single modules vs dual is a huge difference, but all things equal I would take two sticks vs 1.




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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

Anyone ever use ECS motherboard? They have an Intel H61 socket 1155 for $34.99 after MIR with $2.99 shipping.


Yes. I have one. It works. Not my favorite board, and I can see why it is cheaper. I like the Asus and Asrock better... but at double the cost. It's a good value and will work fine for $34.99.




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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Just curious what you think the performance boost single channel vs dual channel mode?

Take a guess...


5%


Perhaps 7.2%... lol.
post #114 of 1016
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post


Just curious what you think the performance boost single channel vs dual channel mode?

Take a guess...

While the boost is small dual-channel has been shown to do better for gaming and transcoding video as well as rendering. I agree that if the system is ONLY going to be used for XBMC then a single 4Gb stick will work just fine.
post #115 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

While the boost is small dual-channel has been shown to do better for gaming and transcoding video as well as rendering. I agree that if the system is ONLY going to be used for XBMC then a single 4Gb stick will work just fine.

I would go 2 sticks for an extra $8 you can get 2x2GB=4GB

or,

get two 4GB sticks =8GB for $26
post #116 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I would go 2 sticks for an extra $8 you can get 2x2GB=4GB

or,

get two 4GB sticks =8GB for $26

How about this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231396

$22.99 -15% Newegg sale = $19.54, free shipping.
post #117 of 1016
Still say 2x4Gb for 13.99 a stick is a damn good deal.
post #118 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

While the boost is small dual-channel has been shown to do better for gaming and transcoding video as well as rendering. I agree that if the system is ONLY going to be used for XBMC then a single 4Gb stick will work just fine.

Its still only 5% better at most.

Still I also prefer 2 channel a usually its the same cost or cheaper.
post #119 of 1016
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post


Its still only 5% better at most.

Still I also prefer 2 channel a usually its the same cost or cheaper.

It's not huge, but it still looks better on paper RAM is pretty cheap though so I usually always throw two of the same sticks no matter what I get.
post #120 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Joeforsale View Post

It's not huge, but it still looks better on paper RAM is pretty cheap though so I usually always throw two of the same sticks no matter what I get.

Agreed. Just trying to keep with the theme of the cheapest parts possible.
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