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Old 05-19-2011, 02:44 PM   #1  
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Default New HTPC Build - Intel Graphics Quality?

I want to build a new Home Theater computer. This of course will involve getting the best Hi-Def picture possible from a computer, while generating the least possible heat, so that I can cut down on fan-noise. The only plans for this PC will be normal computer tasks, plus Home Theater stuff. NO Games.

The fairly recent Intel i5 and i7 chips seem to offer what I need when paired with an H67 motherboard. My question is this:

Am I going to get as good Hi-Definition graphics from say an i5-2500S chip on a H67 motherboard as I would from a PC with a discrete Graphics Card? Intel seems to say that I will, but I find this hard to believe.

Any insights would be appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:43 PM   #2  
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The i5 and especially i7 are very good quad core processors and more than capable of handling what you need. Just make sure you have a decent video card and tuner card to go along with it and you will be fine.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:48 PM   #3  
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the i5 would be a perfect cpu, for a home theater setup, the i7 is more of a enthusiast workhorse processor for heavy gaming, graphics editing.. ect if you're willing to pay the premium however for the i7, all the power to ya.. i have one myself.

As for getting as good of high def from a onboard intel gpu as adverse to a dedicated gpu(even discete) no.

The dedicated unit will simply have better hardware; that being said.. it is entirely possible for the intel chip to be able to handle 1080p.

So use your own judgement there.. personally if it were me, i'd spend the extra money to make sure i had a dedicated card.. but.. that's just me.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:24 PM   #4  
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If low heat and silence are that critical, I recommend an AMD dual core (Regor series) with a mobo with ATI onboard video. Even better, with a 5450 silent video card. I'm running 2 of them for recording OTA HD and some transcoding. PQ is excellent (but that can depend on your software - I'm using BeyondTV on XP SP3). Have also run one on the Win7 beta with excellent results. I stream from hulu and other sites and MLB in HD. System runs very cool (CPU even under load never over 41-42C with ambient temps in the 70s), and is completely silent.

If you don't need the highest end performance, you get a lot more bang for the buck with AMD, especially for what you want to do.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:15 PM   #5  
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I5 is overkill for a basic HTPC. Save yourself some $$ and go with the I3. More than powerful enough to display 1080 with the intergrated graphics.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:02 PM   #6  
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Graphics quality should be fine however if your looking for audio through HDMI or need 3d capabilities you might want to look at an AMD/Nvidia card. they are just easier to set up and will give better performance and wont eat up any system memory.
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