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Building HTPC with Windows 7 guide

This how to guide explain why the HTPC now makes so much sense, and we’ll walk you through using it with Microsoft’s Windows 7 beta. We employ an AMD Phenom X4 9350e CPU running at 2 GHz. “Energy Efficient” models with a 65 W TDP. Even still, the chip boasts 2 MB total L2 cache, 2 MB shared L3 cache, and a 1.8 GHz HyperTransport link—it’s certainly no slouch, even if it isn’t at the top of AMD’s current lineup. The motherboard MSI Media Live DIVA (MS-7411)centers on AMD’s old, yet venerable, 780G chipset. It boasts an AM2+ socket interface, which is able to take any Athlon 64 X2 or Phenom processor, save the Phenom X4 9950 BE. Four DDR2 memory slots take up to 8 GB of memory running at speeds as high as 800 MHz. Again, we’re not shooting for the performance crown here. We simply want enough performance for smoother video playback and respectable encoding.

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