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August 13, 2013 2:17:06 PM

Greetings

I am looking to build a HTPC to watch movies at Full HD and listen to audio in my living room.

My budget for the build is £200.

A monitor, keyboard and mouse won't be needed.

I will be using Ubuntu as an OS.

+Is <£200 stretching it too much for a HTPC?

Any recommendations?

-Thanks

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August 13, 2013 2:33:26 PM

Total: £239.74

CPU - AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core - £52.79

Motherboard - Biostar A55ML2 Micro ATX FM2 - £30.60

Memory - Patriot 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 - £9.26

Storage - Western Digital AV 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM - £22.79

Case - Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC - £76.86

Power Supply - Silverstone 400W ATX12V - £34.50

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer - £12.94

HTPC cases are exprensive. But this should do fine for your needs.
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August 13, 2013 2:33:42 PM

It IS possible to do what you want for that price, but don't expect to be able to do much more else with it. Maybe internet browsing and other basic stuff, but don't expect to be able to run basically any game at all.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£36.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£35.46 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£24.13 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital AV 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£22.79 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case (£25.61 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.49 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive (£23.60 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £203.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 22:32 BST+0100)
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August 13, 2013 2:47:20 PM

Seladon said:
It IS possible to do what you want for that price, but don't expect to be able to do much more else with it. Maybe internet browsing and other basic stuff, but don't expect to be able to run basically any game at all.

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rBXz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£36.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£35.46 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£24.13 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital AV 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£22.79 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case (£25.61 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.49 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive (£23.60 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £203.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 22:32 BST+0100)


Thank you for the reply!

Don't worry I don't intend to run many games.

Do you think that it would be more efficient to save up more money for the build?

Would an AMD A10-6800K Black APU be considerably better than the AMD A4-5300 you enlisted; and because of that matter be more sensible to save up for that instead?

Once again thanks for the reply (:

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August 13, 2013 2:49:31 PM

The movie will be the same no matter if you use the A4 or the A10.
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August 13, 2013 2:55:33 PM

Seladon said:
The movie will be the same no matter if you use the A4 or the A10.


Right thank you.
So in that case it is probably also equal to Intel processors with iGPUs?
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August 13, 2013 3:05:22 PM

Intel processors are pricier, and I do think that at this price range, their price/performance ratio isn't as good.
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August 13, 2013 3:10:43 PM

Seladon said:
Intel processors are pricier, and I do think that at this price range, their price/performance ratio isn't as good.


But if it's movies I only intend to watch, and an A4-5300 APU will yield the same video performance as an A10-6800K, then surely there's a limit to how much processing power viewing a video really needs.

So would an A4-3300 be comparable to the A4-5300 in this sense?

Just trying to shave off a few pounds here (;

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August 13, 2013 3:19:41 PM

I think that the A4-3300 would do the same job. But it is based on an older chipset so you won't have any upgrade path with it. That's the reason why I proposed the A4-5300. But if you're ok about staying with it as it is, you can drop to the A4-3300.

But then you will also have to change the motherboard. Not a bad thing, makes you save even more money.
http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-amd-fm1-2-ddr3-gbe-lan...
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August 13, 2013 3:24:19 PM

Seladon said:
I think that the A4-3300 would do the same job. But it is based on an older chipset so you won't have any upgrade path with it. That's the reason why I proposed the A4-5300. But if you're ok about staying with it as it is, you can drop to the A4-3300.

But then you will also have to change the motherboard. Not a bad thing, makes you save even more money.
http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-amd-fm1-2-ddr3-gbe-lan...


Thank you very much for all of your help Seladon, it is much appreciated (: +1
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August 13, 2013 3:25:22 PM

No problem, I'm here for that, sir !
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