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Old 10-04-08, 04:59 PM   #121
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I going to order this in a month or so.

$76.99 ASUS M3A78-EM 780G
$64.99 AMD Athlon X2 4850e 45W
$40.99 G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800

Total $182.97
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Old 10-04-08, 05:47 PM   #122
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not bad. upgrading or building?
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Old 10-04-08, 06:21 PM   #123
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Upgrade to whats in my sig. The single core just isn't doing it.
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Old 10-04-08, 09:05 PM   #124
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looks good, have fun
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Old 10-05-08, 11:53 AM   #125
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Ok see ya later.

Edit: just ordered it, I have no patients.
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Old 10-12-08, 12:40 PM   #126
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Updated my sig, this HTPC kicks ass really smooth blu ray & HD DVD playback. The 780g + 4850E X2 45W cpu dropped my cpu usage from 50% with the FX55 to 20% with the 4850E X2. Best money I ever spent.
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Old 10-13-08, 11:10 AM   #127
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Updated my sig, this HTPC kicks ass really smooth blu ray & HD DVD playback. The 780g + 4850E X2 45W cpu dropped my cpu usage from 50% with the FX55 to 20% with the 4850E X2. Best money I ever spent.
Sounds awesome mullet! I want to jump into the Blu-Ray scene but I have my doubts about it catching on. Oh well, I guess we will see one day.
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Old 10-28-08, 07:56 AM   #128
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I’m having issues with the Radeon 3400 something (forgot the exact model). CPU usage doesn't seem to be the problem since it stays low (40-60%) when playing blu-ray movies in PowerDVD, or 1080p h264, vc1 files.

But some movies simply won't play smooth.

Hard to explain in some movies it seems like it skipping half of the frames. In other movies it seems like it is playing frames back slower, then audio and video goes out of sync, and video skips 10+ seconds to catch out to audio.

PowerDVD8 is upgraded to latest version, and these "problem" movies playback fine in both of my other PCs (Q6600/GTX280) and (A9550/NF8200).

Anyone experienced anything like that?
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Old 10-28-08, 07:57 AM   #129
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BTW, someone should re-name this thread to something like definite HTPC thread
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Old 10-28-08, 11:10 AM   #130
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What are your spec's for your HTPC? did you use the driver for the 3450 or get the latest off ATI site.
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AMD 4400 939 at 2.6ghz
4gb ddr
ECS nforce 4 motherboard
no bd-drive (was testing with my LG GGW-H20L

driver as far as I know there is no specific driver for 3450, i went to ati site, click on driver, select the 3400 series, and it points to the same 8.10 driver.
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Old 10-28-08, 12:18 PM   #132
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I had some problems with the 8.10 and then used the driver from ASUS 3450 CD which I usually never do but it worked better. I will say this that FX55 & DDR400 I ran first just didn't have the power to run Blu-Ray with out skipping and lagg.
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