Originally Posted by fcorona76 /forum/post/18270229
The 8800 will be more than adequate for what you are looking for.
Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/18269876
I would pay:
MSI K9A2 Platinum: $80 (old, but still good for the latest AMD processors)
AMD Phenom Quad-Core 2.8GHz: $90 (good for CPU intensive tasks)
DDR2 8GB: $140 (4GB is enough)
CORSAIR HX1000W: $160 (good for a gaming system, overkill for HTPC)
GeForce 8800 GT: $60 (outdated)
Pioneer DVR 213-LS: $15
Zalman HD160: $240 (if it is in a good condition)
Windows Vista?: $50 (Home Premium)
- Sell 4GB RAM (+$70)
- Sell HX1000W (+$160) and buy VX450W (-$55)
- Sell 8800 GT (+$60) and buy HD 5670 (-$90)
- Buy Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit OEM (-$105)
But you can build a similar system with the latest components in the same price range.
Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/18270331
BTW two points in your description are not precise (not important though):
- PurevideoHD VP2 H.264 decoding & VC1 accelerration: VC-1 decode acceleration is only partial, VP2 lacks VLD, the most demanding part of decoding (compared to the other parts of the decoding process).
- DX10.1: No, it does not support DX10.1. The first NVIDIA cards supporting DX10.1 are GeForce 210, GT 220 and GT 240, all released in October 2009.
Originally Posted by fcorona76 /forum/post/18270895
In my head I was equating the word "decode" to meaning 100% offloading and "accelerate" to less than 100%.
In DXVA, some decoding operations are implemented by the graphics hardware driver and are executed in the GPU. This set of functionality is termed the accelerator. Other decoding operations are implemented in software and executed in the CPU. The set of functionality implemented in software is termed the host decoder. Processing performed by the accelerator is called off-host processing. Whenever the accelerator performs a decoding operation, the host decoder must convey to the accelerator buffers containing the information needed to perform the operation.
Originally Posted by Favelle /forum/post/18270874
How would you know what to pay for the AMD Quad core? AMD has like 8 different Phenoms, all with different prices.
Originally Posted by azyattic87 /forum/post/18273002
Can I build a strong one that's futureproof for my needs?
Originally Posted by drealit /forum/post/18273393
First things first, erase that word from your vocabulary. Erase it especially when talking about computers. And EVEN MORE when referring to HTPC's. From mine and many others experience, you'll never get that end all HTPC you're looking for. Anyone who's in this hobby knows that it is a never ending project.
Even with that said... it's a fantastic hobby. Good luck and there should be plenty of info in this thread for you in a short amount of time! I'd give some but I'm inbetween thoughts right now and am very torn on my recommendations because I can't even apply them to myself currently.
Originally Posted by mr007 /forum/post/18275348
5670 is more powerful then a 8800 gt and uses half the power.
Originally Posted by Joesyah /forum/post/18275779
Although the 8800GT may be out of the current market. It still ranks high on Passmark's benchmarks test. It comes in at 48 on the charts out of 288 premium cards.
I find it extremely difficult to justify an upgrade from mine as it does more than I'll ever use in its current setup. Maybe when I move to a receiver that decodes the newer codecs I'll upgrade. Until then..the 8800GT is a helluva card for HTPC. Minus the bean counting on power usage.