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April 10, 2014 5:00:47 PM

Hello everyone,

I need some help to choose the right components for an HTPC.

We are two people at home, each one with a laptop, plus I have one powerful desktop PC and one 42" TV on the living room. I want an HTPC mainly to hook it to the TV via HDMI and play the movies directly from the HTPC, plus I want to store all my files in the HTPC and use it as a server so I can keep a common location for our files (therefore I would like the HTPC to be on 24/7). I don't need a lot of space, one 3TB hard drive it's enough for at least a couple of years, so at the moment I think a NAS is not necessary but I'm open to suggestions.

I don't play any games on my computer and at the moment I don't need a Blu-Ray drive, but I will buy one in the future, so for now the HTPC will only hold an SSD (or another hard drive for the OS) and a 3TB 3.5" HD (for data storage). I will backup to one external drive as I have been doing for quite a while. I will also connect the HTPC to the router (wired).

Summarizing, I need:

1. Play movies/videos without difficulty on a 42" 1080p TV through HDMI.
2. Low power consumption and quiet, it will be on 24/7.
3. Storage for all my files and wireless access from any computer in my network to these files.
4. Download torrents from this HTPC.

I've been reading a lot these days and a lot of people suggest a NAS and sometimes a NAS + HTPC. Given my needs I think its enough with an HTPC but I'm open to suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: 600 maximum (the cheaper the better)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, torrent downloads, file server for 2 laptops (wireless) and 1 PC (wired).
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything. New build
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon
Location: Madrid, Spain
Parts Preferences: AMD
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know
Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p TV
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC as it will be on 24/7 plus low power consumption
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a file server and HTPC to watch movies on my tv.

After reading the post http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2072276/advice-budget-htpc-media-server-build.html

I have setup a system here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mr_vodoo/saved/4jbf

Processor: AMD A10-5800K APU 3.8Ghz
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866
Hard drive: Kingston Digital 60GB SSDNow V300
2nd Hard drive: WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130
Power suply: Corsair CX 430 80 PLUS Bronze
Keyboard: Logitech K400

Any recommendations are welcome and appreciated.

I'm still not sure about the processor. I don't know if it's better the AMD A10-5800K, the AMD A8-6500 or the AMD A8-6600K. They are about the same price, but only the A8-6500 is 65W. The A10 is trinity (I think older) than the two A8 which are Richland (newer) so maybe better. What do you guys think? Wisecracker in the post mentioned above suggested that an AMD A4-6300 will be enough for my needs but I want to be sure before I buy it. He also said that 4GB would be enough. What do you think?

Some people also suggest the an SSD it's not necessary as the system will be on 24/7 and SSD is mainly to improve boot time. What do you think?

Do you guys think is possible to play a BRRip (let's say 5GB) in one laptop that is accessing the server wirelessly?

Will the system proposed be ok for my needs? Please help me choose the right components.

Many thanks in advance and sorry for the long post and so many questions!

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April 10, 2014 7:33:46 PM

This will do. Low-power consumption and powerful CPU for your needs. Can even play games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($102.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.66 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($42.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $587.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-10 22:33 EDT-0400)
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April 10, 2014 8:27:37 PM

@TechCIDLC, he's from Spain so he'll need something like Amazon.co.uk to ship it...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£79.75 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£73.22 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£33.52 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case (£35.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.69 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£85.17 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (£21.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £434.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 04:27 BST+0100)
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April 11, 2014 9:40:13 AM

@TechCIDLC and @sora thanks for your answers.

Do not worry about the seller, we have amazon in spain (amazon.es) plus there is another good store here, I'm planning to buy the components in both of them.

I'm most interested in knowing whether the system proposed is enough for what I want to do or maybe a less expensive processor like the AMD A4 6300 will do just fine. What do you suggest?

Also I dont think I will be needing a usb wireless adapter as the motherboard already has wireless adapter.

Thanks in advance,
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April 15, 2014 9:16:37 AM

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks
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May 2, 2014 9:50:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3CxDw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3CxDw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3CxDw/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£113.72 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.74 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£99.37 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£37.28 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£35.76 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Other: Hp USB MCE Remote Control Usb Ir Receiver
Total: £373.87
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