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Basic HTPC First Build Help

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July 8, 2014 5:07:06 AM

Hi all,

Putting together a low cost HTPC as a general move/internet box to be hooked up to the 55" Bravia, connected through the home wireless network. Budget would need to keep in the range of $400-500.

Main usage:
- HD video file playback
- Internet video streaming
- Internet browsing

Secondary usage:
- Light gaming (League of Legends)

Performance requirements:
- Fast boot time
- Only looking to game on low-med settings

System build so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: HEC 7K09BBA30FNRX HTPC Case w/300W Power Supply ($72.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: StarTech PEX300WN2X2 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $430.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Experience in building PCs is quite limited so any advice or suggestions on better systems/components would be much appreciated.

Mitch

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July 8, 2014 11:39:21 AM

First off I'd say try increasing your budget to $500 - that case and PSU are junk and won't be able to power on that PC, even if it is using only an APU. Second you want at least a 120GB SSD, 64GB will barely hold an operating system these days.
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July 9, 2014 3:27:46 AM

g-unit1111 said:
First off I'd say try increasing your budget to $500 - that case and PSU are junk and won't be able to power on that PC, even if it is using only an APU. Second you want at least a 120GB SSD, 64GB will barely hold an operating system these days.


Yeah I am open to extending it out to $500, SSD I can cover but any suggestions on a decent case/PSU?
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