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    I want to build a new pc. I have the following goals:

    - Low power usage. Especially when idling.

    - Low noise.

    - Can play blu-ray movies even at the highest bitrates in H.264, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD MA, preferably both as decoded LPCM and as undecoded bitstream (nice to have the choice). Scores high on HQV and similar tests.

    - Has video card that can accelerate blu-ray playback (Radeon HD-series or GF8xxx), that is passively cooled.

    - Good compatibility with OS X.

    Don't get the goals above mixed up. I don't intend to play blu-ray under OS X. I am going to do that on another OS, primarily. I just want the machine to be able to run OS X without too much hassle. It's all about choice.

    Also, I want it to be as cheap as possible within the above limits.

    Now! Please recommend me some hardware that fits these goals.

    Which CPU?
    Which motherboard?
    Which video card?
    Which hard drive?
    Which blu-ray drive?
    Which case?
    Which PSU?

    etc.

    Thanks in advance!



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    Anyone, please?

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    Not particularly "low power", is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkfloydhomer View Post
    Not particularly "low power", is it?
    Playing blu-ray movies is not a "low power" task.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    Playing blu-ray movies is not a "low power" task.
    Well... Using a dedicated video card to decode H.264, VC-1 and MPEG2, it can be done using a very modest processor. An underclocked Atom would probably be enough.

    Of couse, when decoding H.264 etc., the video card would use some power, and that's okay. But when it is not, and when the machine is mostly idling, maybe running a web browser or something else lightweight, the machine should use as little power as possible.

    This is not a foreing concept, you know. A lot of machines out there are built this way. Maybe not Macs and hackingtoshes.

 

 

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