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So as the title implies, what do you guys think of this cpu for an HTPC? I was originally was thinking of going with the I5-3570k but I am trying to keep it possibly under $500. Now my question is, will this be able to handle madvr at its maximum settings? I will also be using XBMC and mpc-hc player. I want to be able to upscale DVDs that I have ripped as mkv as well as playback 1080p mkvs. No gaming at all will be performed on the HTPC. As always thanks in advance to the avs community.


Ps. Any suggestions on motherboard, matx or atx
 

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A6-6400K can do neurons 16 + bilinear upscaling for DVDs, but can't do neurons 32 + bicubic 75 with AR, although neurons 16 + bilinear is substantial improvement over any other existing upscaling algorithm. Celeron G1820 ($47) or higher + Radeon HD 7770 / R7 250X ($100) or higher is a good choice for this purpose. Any H81 / H87 motherboard from ASRock, ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE should be good (look at features, enough SATA ports, USB 3.0 ports, PCIe x16, x4, x1 slots?).
 

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A6-6400K can do neurons 16 + bilinear upscaling for DVDs, but can't do neurons 32 + bicubic 75 with AR, although neurons 16 + bilinear is substantial improvement over any other existing upscaling algorithm. Celeron G1820 ($47) or higher + Radeon HD 7770 / R7 250X ($100) or higher is a good choice for this purpose. Any H81 / H87 motherboard from ASRock, ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE should be good (look at features, enough SATA ports, USB 3.0 ports, PCIe x16, x4, x1 slots?).

I would like to stay away from gpu, but if I want a basic cpu then I am forced to get a gpu. I guess I need to be a little more realistic and extend my budget Up to at least $700. Not looking at many SATA ports as I have an external 2tb drive that I will be using for now. I guess I will consider the i5-3570, was nev r going to overlook anyway, and build from there. Man this is not easy, lol.
 

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madVR uses GPU exclusively. Any decent dual core CPU is enough for video playback (you will want a better CPU only when you do CPU intesive tasks such as encoding/transcoding videos and SVP). If you want to get the best PQ, you'd better spend money on GPU instead of CPU.
 

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If you want to stay with integrated GPU solution, then A10-7850K ($180) is the only one that can do the highest madVR setting. But you have to buy a good CPU cooler (~$35 or higher). With the same amount of money $215, you can get Core i3-4130, $115, and Radeon HD 7770 / R7 250X, $100. The latter is far better in performance and power consumption (120W max vs 190 max).
 

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If you want to stay with integrated GPU solution, then A10-7850K ($180) is the only one that can do the highest madVR setting. But you have to buy a good CPU cooler (~$35 or higher). With the same amount of money $215, you can get Core i3-4130, $115, and Radeon HD 7770 / R7 250X, $100. The latter is far better in performance and power consumption (120W max vs 190 max).

Alright, let's say I go for the i3 and hd 7770, would the Silverstone grandia gd05 be enough the keep everything cool enough or would I still need more cooling. The i3 and hd 7770 is only $5 than the i5-3570 so I guess it's a better option.
 

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GD04 / GD05 is a good choice for Core i3 with stock cooler, a microATX H81/H87 motherboard and Radeon HD 7770 = R7 250X (e.g. HIS, ~$100).


Core i5-3570 is pointless (its anemic iGPU can do only DXVA2 mode with madVR, that's far inferior for DVD upscaling).
 

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GD04 / GD05 is a good choice for Core i3 with stock cooler, a microATX H81/H87 motherboard and Radeon HD 7770 = R7 250X (e.g. HIS, ~$100).


Core i5-3570 is pointless (integrated GPU can do only DXVA2 mode with madVR, that's far inferior for DVD upscaling).

Thanks, it looks that my budget is gonna be $700 not including tax and shipping. Now need to roam the Web to find best prices , this budget is based on the Newegg prices
 

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I forgot to mention DVD video (not movie), mostly documentaries and music concerts. R7 250X = 7770 is good for neurons 16, but R7 260X = 7790 is necessary for neurons 32 with these contents (GPU has to work 2.5 times harder with video than movie: 60fps/24fps = 2.5). As for PQ


Bicubic, Lanczos (Intel, AMD's DXVA2 mode)
 

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I forgot to mention DVD video (not movie), mostly documentaries and music concerts. R7 250X = 7770 is good for neurons 16, but R7 260X = 7790 is necessary for neurons 32 with these contents (GPU has to work 2.5 times harder with video than movie: 60fps/24fps = 2.5). As for PQ


Bicubic, Lanczos (Intel, AMD's DXVA2 mode)
 

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For movies (24fps after film mode deinterlacing = IVTC), 7770 is enough. Only for videos (60fps after video mode deinterlacing), 7790 is necessary. 1GB GDDR5 is enough.
 

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For movies (24fps after film mode deinterlacing = IVTC), 7770 is enough. Only for videos (60fps after video mode deinterlacing), 7790 is necessary. 1GB GDDR5 is enough.

OK got you now. Now need to go on the hunt for some better prices
 
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