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Old 24th May 2011, 22:47   #2011
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I don't know why you would use TV speakers if you were connecting to a HTPC.
Usual HTPC config is:

PC-->HDMI--->Receiver

From Receiver:

Receiver--->HDMI-->TV and

Receiver-->RCA--->Sub and 5 copper cables for speakers.

Without HDMI, you can't transport HD Audio from HTPC (ports like Optical/SPDIF don't have enough bandwidth).
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I'm linking the original post. This was a specific train of conversation in relationship to a specific request.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...ml#post2362754

In theory you would need an HDMI cable, if you went through a receiver and needed HR audio. This poster didn't
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the use is to hook up my 7 yr old desktop with tv to watch downloaded videos.
You have three options

1. AGP card with DVI (E.g. : eBay India: Palit GeForce FX5500 256MB 8x AGP Display Card (item 220780252954 end time 06-Jun-2011 15:27:55 IST))

2. USB to HDMI

3. Stanalone Media player (E.g. : eBay India: NBOX HDTV HD HDMI 1080P Media TV Player H264 DivX USB (item 280680318697 end time 26-May-2011 16:38:37 IST))

I would suggest you go with option #3.
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Im a fan of your cabinet and psu. Also do you mean dragon age 2? Im into origins right now, but I've got DA 2 as well. Playing DAO at all settings maxed out, 1920x1080 res and 4x AA. DA2 I had turn down from extra high to high in textures, 2x AA and 1920x1080 res.

I partiularly feel you could've got a bigger monitor. Im sure your 460 could handle a 24 incher nicely.

On the whole, congrats on your setup, I remember how exciting it is to get new tech.
My Bad. I meant Dragon Age 2. And the 460 handles it like a charm @ settings of 1920*1080, 4xAA and high textures. I'm using the 270.61 driver family.

Really wanted to get a 24 incher, but budget and space constraints pegged me back.

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That's a lovely system. Although you could have saved 1-2k and gone for i5 2400, as there is a negligible performance difference. Anyone looking for better performance than i5-2400 should get i5 2500K and OC it to 4.5k+, which can be done very easily.

Still, you can't go wrong with any Sandy Bridge model. They're the best products for their price range.
That was my initial plan as well. That is until the guy at SMC told me that the difference between 2400 and 2500 is currently 750 bucks! I'm not complaining of course!

On the 2500k though, I'd have had to go for a P67 motherboard to use it to full potential. Lack of funds right now means that an upgrade is coming in a year's time!

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I am looking for a cheap gpu with HDMI and DVI. any suggestions?

the use is to hook up my 7 yr old desktop with tv to watch downloaded videos.
Is HD essential? If not, and if your TV has a VGA port, you can connect to it straightaway. In fact if your TV has a DVI/ HDMI port it will most probably have a VGA port as well. I've used upto 26" screens from my Samsung NC10. No stutter in 720p videos. 1080p playback is difficult!
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What if I remove Windows and install some standalone media center with internet connectivity?
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That would work if your TV had VGA connectivity.
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Suggest me a nice spec list for a mid-range gaming PC. Games I play are CS, COD, FIFA, CRICKET and NFS. I don't play all the games which require some heavy duty machine like crysis and bio-shock. Infact I still play FIFA 2008, COD 2, CS 1.6 and Cricket 2007. So let me know what should I get. MaxX Budget is 25K, But if you can save me some money, I'll buy more games.

(I have LG 22x DVD writer & Microsoft KB+Mouse combo from my old Sempron-based Machine.)
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Suggest me a nice spec list for a mid-range gaming PC. Games I play are CS, COD, FIFA, CRICKET and NFS. I don't play all the games which require some heavy duty machine like crysis and bio-shock. Infact I still play FIFA 2008, COD 2, CS 1.6 and Cricket 2007. So let me know what should I get. MaxX Budget is 25K, But if you can save me some money, I'll buy more games.

(I have LG 22x DVD writer & Microsoft KB+Mouse combo from my old Sempron-based Machine.)
AMD Based system for your requirements

amd athlon II x3 440 (My favorite) - 3.3k

Asus M4N68T M motherboard - 2.2k

4 Gb ram DDR3 GSkill Ripjaw 2x2gb - 3k max (double check this) but don't compromise on ram quality.

Cabinet, any one will do. Coolermaster elite 310 for 1.8k

Power supply - cooler master extreme power plus 350w - 1.5k

Monitor - dont go below 19 inches - samsung b1930N is 6k.

Graphics card - AMD sapphire 5670 1gb ddr3 - 4.2k


You have the rest. So your total comes to - 22k

Hope that helps.

PS: this rig will more than play any of those games you mentioned and play new ones as well with decent frame rates

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Suggest me a nice spec list for a mid-range gaming PC. Games I play are CS, COD, FIFA, CRICKET and NFS. I don't play all the games which require some heavy duty machine like crysis and bio-shock. Infact I still play FIFA 2008, COD 2, CS 1.6 and Cricket 2007. So let me know what should I get. MaxX Budget is 25K, But if you can save me some money, I'll buy more games.

(I have LG 22x DVD writer & Microsoft KB+Mouse combo from my old Sempron-based Machine.)
What's wrong with your Sempron setup? What gen Sempron is it? For old games a cheap older mid-range card should do. You can also pump up the RAM.
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What's wrong with your Sempron setup? What gen Sempron is it? For old games a cheap older mid-range card should do. You can also pump up the RAM.
I think it's Sempron 2200. It lags. I have 512 DDR1 RAM. And it has some nvidia 256mb card. The system heats up when I play FIFA. Can't play COD multiplayer. CS 1.6 runs like a charm. But it's been many years now. I'll pass it on to my younger cousin or my nephew. Hence looking for a new PC.
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AMD Based system for your requirements

amd athlon II x3 440 (My favorite) - 3.3k

Asus M4N68T M motherboard - 2.2k

4 Gb ram DDR3 GSkill Ripjaw 2x2gb - 3k max (double check this) but don't compromise on ram quality.

Cabinet, any one will do. Coolermaster elite 310 for 1.8k

Power supply - cooler master extreme power plus 350w - 1.5k

Monitor - dont go below 19 inches - samsung b1930N is 6k.

Graphics card - AMD sapphire 5670 1gb ddr3 - 4.2k


You have the rest. So your total comes to - 22k

Hope that helps.

PS: this rig will more than play any of those games you mentioned and play new ones as well with decent frame rates
Thanks ByDesign. Actually someone suggested the exact same configuration. Just that the monitor was dell 2020 and instead of Gskill RAM he suggested Crossair. BTW. Any suggestions for a UPS? Us bangaloreans are frequent victims of power-cuts.
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Thanks ByDesign. Actually someone suggested the exact same configuration. Just that the monitor was dell 2020 and instead of Gskill RAM he suggested Crossair. BTW. Any suggestions for a UPS? Us bangaloreans are frequent victims of power-cuts.
Microtek is a fine company for a UPS. In fact, right this very moment the power has gone, and I'm on my microtek UPS! I paid around 3500 for this. It's a slightly bigger capacity UPS since I have a 750W PSU in my computer and a 24 inch LCD.
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I concur. My APC 500VA stopped working after about three years of use, and the new 1500VA unit I have has been replaced 6 times within warranty.

My little Microtek 500VA is in its 8th year and gives me one minute of backup (enough for the generator to turn on) but it's enough.
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I would suggest u spend a little more and get a better quality psu. A corsair 400w will do for that configuration
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3500 is a bit steep though. But thanks for everything
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