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June 9, 2014 1:33:33 AM

Im looking to build a Mini ITX HTPC to replace my current very buggy HTPC. Budget is flexible I think anything over $900 for an HTPC is a bit much.

I do absolutely no gaming on my HTPC so if you can save me money that would be great it just needs to be able to do normal (non 3d) HD content (MKVs various compression) through XBMC, Bluray, Netflix, etc...Requirements are USB 3.0 and HDMI Video/Audio out (To output to my Denon AVR 1912) Does not even need wireless im running a media bridge.

**EDIT** Running a usb 3.0 21TB array so very little HDD space needed

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.18 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec ISK 300-150 Mini ITX Desktop Case w/150W Power Supply ($79.09 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG BT30N Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $628.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 04:27 EDT-0400)

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June 9, 2014 1:58:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($90.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 915R Mini ITX Tower Case ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $510.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 05:00 EDT-0400)

No compatibility issues, that APU will do everything you throw at it, the fm2+ will be a socket used for quite some time by AMD and the powersupply is pretty quiet and efficient.
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June 9, 2014 3:08:58 AM

Honestly you could probably go for an a8 or a6 I think an a10 is overkill
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June 9, 2014 3:35:47 AM

Oh I agree, I had an a6 in originally. Personally, I have a a4 running one I made for my parents that plays 1080p fine with some $25 blue ray player :p 

But his build parts seemed to be high end so thought I'd just add that one in.
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June 9, 2014 11:56:11 PM

He is correct I definitely overshot the power. I will stick with the A10 if just for peace of mind and no compresion issues. I like the idea im on the fence about the case but will weigh the pros and cons
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June 10, 2014 8:43:58 AM

You could add a CPU cooler or at least a case fan if you wanted some more peace of mind :) 
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