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hi there thinking of building a new HTPC PC based on a I5 650 PCU and a Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H Intel H55 motherboard. am i right in beleiving that this will come with GPU within the CPU/MB and i wont need a seperate GPU? Will this be powerful enough to run 1080p moives and blu rays etc? also do i need a special PSU for this CPU/MB combo would this do Antec 380W EarthWatts Green PSU ? was after something cheap and quiet as theres no GPU is 380W enough? sorry new to all this i3, i5, i7 stuff!!

while im asking would this memory Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9 work ok?

thanks in advance

Welsh
 

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Yes, it comes with integrated graphics processor, requiring the H55 (or a H57) motherboard.


Yes, you could buy the i3 530 and still have way more processor power than is needed, most likely the player would use the IGP to process the media content, and thus the CPU would see a 1-2% load.


A good match for the system would be a SeaSonic S12II 330 Bronze 330W, but the Antec is good too.


Yes, for a HTPC you would see no difference in CL6 - CL9 memory.
 

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+1 to mindless728's suggestion.

I use a 785G board with the Radeon 4200 onboard graphics on my non-gaming desktop rig (see my sig) and I'm very impressed with it's performance. I know my board has a HDMI-out connection as well and I often watch Blu-Ray DVDs on a 1080p screen with no hiccips. I know I have an Athlon X4 as opposed to the X2 mindless suggested but that should be plenty for a HTPC.
 


i know the X2 works fine, thats what i have in my HTPC/File Server

@popatim, OP never stated anything about Myth, but yeah the ATI GFX drivers are pretty bad for linux in general though getting better, i would venture a guess that this will run windows, however if not, you can always get a cheap GF9200/9300 board that supports the Athlon II
 

welsh

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ok great thanks for the help, i will look into the i3 or possibly athlon II x2. thought the newish athlong were hotter tham intel so more noise or heat. not trying to start an intel vs AMD so will research more

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They are, you wont get much more power efficient than the i3 530 on a standard desktop.

Toms did a review of an i3 and a H55 board recently, see if you can find that, think they were aound 25W idle.