CPU choice for HTPC?

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  1. Arch-Angel

    Arch-Angel Member

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    Looking into a HTPC build, using an Asus M4A89GTD-Pro AM3 890GX , and was wondering which processor to match it to.

    I was interested in the Phenom II 550, or the 555 for a little extra grunt, but have heard that they can get pretty warm?

    Is that true? And if so, would something like the 45w AMD Athlon II X2 235E CPU AM3 be a better option?
     
  2. mAJORD

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    yes it would, or if you need more grunt, a 65watt X2 255, or 260 would be better choice than a phenom
     
  3. whowalks

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    also check out which case your using as some HTPC case have limited room for CPU coolers which makes a big difference on your choice of CPU eg no 95W CPU's if you cant get a cooler to match
     
  4. Archy

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    The OP seems to be using a full size board, so I doubt that cooler size is going to be a huge issue.

    Arch_Angel, you should consider something like this: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=105&bid=2&sid=57523

    For an HTPC you don't need such a high end board, and ATX stops you using many smaller cases.
     
  5. Oppressa

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    I'd go for a 45W to keep the heat and power bill down. Plays HD fine on a 780/785/790 board
     
  6. teros1

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    If you really wanna be geeky i'm doing the following (bought parts building atm)


    Thermeltake DH101
    4 GB DDR3 1333
    Asus M4A88td-m-evo-usb3
    AM3 x6 1090T

    Going to use as a Test bed as well so going well overboard.
     
  7. Archy

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    Have fun keeping that cool in such a small case.
     
  8. theDarkHorse

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    Can't remember what the TDP of the AthII X2 240 is, but that's what I'm using, and it's pretty reasonable. I was debating whether to get one of the Phenoms, but ultimately CPU load isn't a big issue really. (I'd have to check whether the slower clock speed of the 240 is actually affecting the quality of TV shows recorded in W7MC, because it does seem a bit stuttery at times.)

    I have also run an i7 920 OC'ed to 4.0GHz using the same HTPC case (Antec Fusion Max), so you can ignore me if you wish :lol:
     
  9. JandX

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    A full sized board for a HTPC?
     
  10. Rampage101

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    Why not? I do, nothing wrong with it, got a Silverstone LC17, plenty of room, the only noise issue is my PSU and an aftermarket hs/f would be beneficial (noise wise)
     
  11. Archy

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  12. DAVID CLEM

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    I have a DH101 if your looking for a good aftermarket cooler that fit's the Noctua NH-U9B works well.
     

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