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Mon Nov 3 07:50:23 MST 2008
Mike Lovell wrote:
> Alex Esplin wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 6:58 PM, Joshua Lutes <joshua at lutes.me> wrote:
>>> Do they seem like good things to be purchasing? T
>> Stay FAR away from Celeron processors. Bad news. Even an older P4
>> would be a better buy than any Celeron.
> I agree with staying away from Celeron processors. If you are looking
> for a bang for the buck processor and are set on getting an Intel one,
> I would recommend getting a Pentium Dual-Core or a cheap Core 2. The
> lower end Athlon processors cost roughly the same as the Celeron that
> you listed but will still give better performance.
I second that.
> The bigger recommendation from me would be to avoid PCChips for
> motherboards. I haven't used them in a couple of years so my
> experience might be a little out of date. But they had a bad track
> record of failures and combination of all around badness a few years
> ago. If you want to get a Intel processor, then I would recommend
> getting a motherboard with an Intel Chipset. I have rather good luck
> with ASUS motherboards. This looks like a decent option for a few
> dollars more
I STRONGLY second that. It's also been a few years for me, but the last
2 PCChips mobos I had were utter crap.
> As for the case, it looks like a decent option. In my opinion, as long
> as it holds the guts together and doesn't look like butt then it is a
> alright. There are extra features available in them that are just gravy.
Here we diverge a bit. If you want a quality, quiet PS, I doubt you can
get it for that price. My recommendation is don't skimp on the PS for a
PVR. Get a decent rated quiet PS separately (ThermalTake,
PCPower&cooling, etc. with lots of good ratings on newegg).
Also, I thought a VFD was stupid when I bought my htpc case. Now I
REALLY wish I had one. If you do music, you can select it without
turning the TV on. I have a DLP TV, and I don't want to waste my bulb
browsing music lists when I could do that with the remote and a VFD.
But that may not be an issue for you.
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