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need help updating my htpc

so my 10 year old htpc finally crapped out after 10 years of being on 24/7. so i want to update the old cpu, motherboard and video card. i want to crossover to 4k video and need a video card that has onboard sound (5.1 dolby ) i need atleast 4 sata connections for hdds
my case will except a full size atx motherboard and i have a 850 watt power supply.

i have went on pc parts picker and selected what i want compatibility is good. feel free to trim things done im just playing backed up movies from my hdd not playing any games
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400
XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

NZXT Kraken M22 Liquid CPU Cooler


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so my 10 year old htpc finally crapped out after 10 years of being on 24/7. so i want to update the old cpu, motherboard and video card. i want to crossover to 4k video and need a video card that has onboard sound (5.1 dolby ) i need atleast 4 sata connections for hdds
my case will except a full size atx motherboard and i have a 850 watt power supply.

i have went on pc parts picker and selected what i want compatibility is good. feel free to trim things done im just playing backed up movies from my hdd not playing any games
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400
XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

NZXT Kraken M22 Liquid CPU Cooler


thanks for the help
I'd be building an intel / Nvidia based system here with the big focus on nvidia. As you will want to use madVR and its features. if you're not using madVR you may as well just use an nvidia shield. MadVR envy will be nvidia based, so it makes sense to stick to nvidia for your PC build of it. HTPC does not need CPU over clocking so you don't need water cooling. Just get a stock fan that's quiet. I find intel based systems are far more stable than amd systems not as much due to the CPU but due to the chipsets.

Building an HTPC is not much different than building a gaming PC. Both rely on average CPU, strong video card. GTX 1160 or better.

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so my 10 year old htpc finally crapped out after 10 years of being on 24/7. so i want to update the old cpu, motherboard and video card. i want to crossover to 4k video and need a video card that has onboard sound (5.1 dolby ) i need atleast 4 sata connections for hdds
my case will except a full size atx motherboard and i have a 850 watt power supply.

i have went on pc parts picker and selected what i want compatibility is good. feel free to trim things done im just playing backed up movies from my hdd not playing any games
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400
XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

NZXT Kraken M22 Liquid CPU Cooler


thanks for the help
if you have had this power supply for the entire 10 years or even 5 of the 10 years running 24/7, I highly recommend buying a new power supply.

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I'd be building an intel / Nvidia based system here with the big focus on nvidia. As you will want to use madVR and its features. if you're not using madVR you may as well just use an nvidia shield. MadVR envy will be nvidia based, so it makes sense to stick to nvidia for your PC build of it. HTPC does not need CPU over clocking so you don't need water cooling. Just get a stock fan that's quiet. I find intel based systems are far more stable than amd systems not as much due to the CPU but due to the chipsets.



Building an HTPC is not much different than building a gaming PC. Both rely on average CPU, strong video card. GTX 1160 or better.
I took a look at the Intel stuff. Price was alittle to much

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I took a look at the Intel stuff. Price was alittle to much

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You can get an intel CPU in the ~$100-$130 price range that will be fine. So that point is moot.

Your video card you speced is about $130 and honestly, you're sort of just wasting your money building an HTPC with these specs. Either go for the minimums to run madVR or go for a device like an nvidia shield, which will have the same quality as the speced PC you listed. However, once you go to something capable of madVR upscaling / tone mapping, the difference in quality between HTPC is realized and something like the shield, or your speced PC, is quite dramatic.

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You can get an intel CPU in the ~$100-$130 price range that will be fine. So that point is moot.

Your video card you speced is about $130 and honestly, you're sort of just wasting your money building an HTPC with these specs. Either go for the minimums to run madVR or go for a device like an nvidia shield, which will have the same quality as the speced PC you listed. However, once you go to something capable of madVR upscaling / tone mapping, the difference in quality between HTPC is realized and something like the shield, or your speced PC, is quite dramatic.
ok how about this
Intel Core i3-9100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

about the same price as the amd set up 462.00
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ok how about this
Intel Core i3-9100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

about the same price as the amd set up 462.00
The GTX 1160 is only $90 more than the RX 570. If you can't afford a new 1160 perhaps scour your craigslist for something like a used 1070. You really need to be able to run madVR with minimum specs to make this a worthwhile venture. With the RX 570, I'd still say just go with an nvidia shield.

If you're super tight on money, go with 8gb ram and put that money into the 1160 card.

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The GTX 1160 is only $90 more than the RX 570. If you can't afford a new 1160 perhaps scour your craigslist for something like a used 1070. You really need to be able to run madVR with minimum specs to make this a worthwhile venture. With the RX 570, I'd still say just go with an nvidia shield.



If you're super tight on money, go with 8gb ram and put that money into the 1160 card.
If u could please spec me out an Intel set up staying under 400. That will support 4k video going to a 65 in led 4k tv

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If u could please spec me out an Intel set up staying under 400. That will support 4k video going to a 65 in led 4k tv

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I don't think you can get there for $400 new. You could if you start with a used PC and add a video card. For $400 max budget, get an nvidia shield and install plex or kodi on it. This will do what your PC will do. The reason to go with an HTPC is for the improved quality and benefits you get with madVR. You need some horse power to run madVR and an GTX1160 is considered sort of a minimum. This allows for world class upscaling of 1080p-->4K and the best HDR tone mapping you can get. If you're not interested in these features and just want 4K playback, grab and nvidia shield for ~$150-200. It will do anything a non-madVR based HTPC will do.

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