New HTPC build


Junior Member
Nov 17, 2007
I'm planning to build a home theatre PC. First of all this is a budget build, I only need this PC to be able to handle all HD video(blu-ray, HD DVD, x264 1080P.)
From what I've read the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM is a great HTPC motherboard, so I think I'll be buying that. I'd like to know what the cheapest AMD CPU chip I can use to play HD video flawlessly? And is 2 gigs of DDR2 ram enough? TIA


Moderator Emeritus <br>
Apr 2, 2007
The 780g chipset has onboard video that provides enough power to decode 1080p, meaning the CPU barely get's utilized. I'd throw in something like this though: unless it's a real budget build, like in tighter then tight budget, then I suppose something like this should do the trick:

Throw in 2x1gb of ddr2 800mhz for 30-35$, this PSU: or the antec earthwatts 380w, which can be had for 35$ without rebates ( if you don't ever want to use a real videocard and better processor then the 380w is MORE then enough, and even with a better videocard/cpu it should still be fine ) Or you could buy a Antec NSK4480 which has the antec earthwatts 380w included. Should be a nice case for a HTPC ? Not sure if you want this PC to record as well, but then I'd throw in a Samsung f1 500/750gb for a fast and quiet HD.