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    HTPC mini pc build.

    HI guys I need an advice about my upcomming setup :

    Getting and Nvidia gt210 http://www.alza.sk/graficke-karty/po...pg=1&pn=1&po=1

    Low budget Ivy Bridge 2,6 dual core http://www.alza.sk/intel-celeron-g1610-d380184.htm

    SSD disk, 4 gigs of ram,

    23-24 inch screen for example : http://datacomp.sk/led-philips-239c4...l#.USWDJjcipyF scroll down for specs.


    Browsing, watching youtube and mostly internet videos on this screen will it be good enough ? Also I need a MOBO and Wireless keyboard advice that will work with linux, thx for all responses !

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Avoid GT210..it is inadequate for any video post processing/openGL like de-interlace/scaling/denoise/sharpen etc.

    The GT210 is okay if you have low expectations & will never watch interlaced video (broadcast).
    But a GT610 or GT520 are a much better cheap option.

    The integrated ivybridge HD graphics (& VAAPI) are probably better. Just use the later kernel & intel driver/VAAPI before buying any graphics card..

    Better nVidia choices are: (worst to best)
    GT520
    GT610 (could be = to 520)
    GT220
    GT430/GT620
    GT240 (full height, over-powered for HTPC)
    GT630
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; February 20th, 2013 at 08:29 PM.

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    That would probably make an adequate HTPC. An SSD speeds up booting and program loading, and an HTPC doesn't do a lot of either, so it's somewhat wasted. A big, 7200 RPM hard drive is more appropriate, maybe 2 TB.

    If you decide to try using the CPU-based video, make sure the motherboard has HDMI.

    I would be tempted to try an ITX form factor case and motherboard. If you intend to install a blu-ray drive, make sure the case has room for it.

    I highly recommend the PCMech web site once you have a full list of components, but before you buy anything. They will probably tell you, "get a better power supply."

    That monitor doesn't have the greatest reviews. You could even consider a small 1080P LED TV if you can get signals over-the-air where you live. Eg:
    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/...003BDXZA-specs

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Thx for advice I was looking at those GT610 before so I look more. This card look great http://www.alza.cz/EN/evga-geforce-g...em-d330799.htm. Btw what about AMD ? How is it with drivers nowadays on them ? Stil the same ?

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Quote Originally Posted by gordintoronto View Post

    I highly recommend the PCMech web site once you have a full list of components, but before you buy anything. They will probably tell you, "get a better power supply."

    That monitor doesn't have the greatest reviews. You could even consider a small 1080P LED TV if you can get signals over-the-air where you live. Eg:
    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/...003BDXZA-specs
    I check the site thank you Yea that was just an example I will digg for it too.

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Anyway anyone have experience with this ?
    http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_20...=G135341370451

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    It looks like an ARM processor. Although UBUNTU runs on it, Mythbuntu is not yet available for this platform.

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    I could find no information about the tuner on that card. It is very important that it has stable drivers in Linux.
    You might prefer a dual DVB-T card?

    Phil

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Nah I ll just go with one of these http://www.alza.cz/EN/graficke-karty...0/18854068.htm which one should I buy ? With passive cooling.

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    Re: HTPC mini pc build.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cryxo View Post
    Nah I ll just go with one of these http://www.alza.cz/EN/graficke-karty...0/18854068.htm which one should I buy ? With passive cooling.
    I'm not sure what case you are getting, but with ITX form factor keep in mind those passive cooled cards take up a lot of room. It's why I didn't go with one when I built an ITX system. I couldn't find one that fit. At the time I went with a PNY 1/2 height GT430.

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