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January 26, 2008 9:04:52 PM

Im looking to build a cheap but decent AM2 HTPC in the near future and ive been looking at some parts(mainly mobo,case and cpu coolers). I'm looking at building something small and quiet mainly. Thus far im looking seriously at the following:
http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2670&ProductName=GA-M68SM-S2L -Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2L
http://www.directron.com/htpc300sa.html#caption-Silver nMEDIAPC Media Center Home Theater PC System HTPC 300SA
http://www.globalcomputer.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3069970&CatId=493-Kingwin KA9227 CPU cooler.
Am I on the right track here? Please feel free to make your suggestions, built many normal ATX machines but this is my first HTPC build.Thanks in advance.

January 26, 2008 9:49:17 PM

1776937,1,302481 said:
Im looking to build a cheap but decent AM2 HTPC in the near future and ive been looking at some parts(mainly mobo,case and cpu coolers). I'm looking at building something small and quiet mainly. Thus far im looking seriously at the following:
http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2670&ProductName=GA-M68SM-S2L -Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2L
http://www.directron.com/htpc300sa.html#caption-Silver nMEDIAPC Media Center Home Theater PC System HTPC 300SA
http://www.globalcomputer.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3069970&CatId=493-Kingwin KA9227 CPU cooler.
Am I on the right track here? Please feel free to make your suggestions, built many normal ATX machines but this is my first HTPC build.Thanks in advance.[/quotemsg


I think you will be fine with what you have selected....loose the cpu cooler...as the newer amd processors run pretty cool with stock heat sinks....do not overclock you system with cheap parts....it will run just great on its own..check newegg.com for your processor and memory.....you can build a pretty cheap system now for today's prices
January 26, 2008 9:57:49 PM

koss64 said:
Im looking to build a cheap but decent AM2 HTPC in the near future and ive been looking at some parts(mainly mobo,case and cpu coolers). I'm looking at building something small and quiet mainly. Thus far im looking seriously at the following:
http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2670&ProductName=GA-M68SM-S2L -Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2L
http://www.directron.com/htpc300sa.html#caption-Silver nMEDIAPC Media Center Home Theater PC System HTPC 300SA
http://www.globalcomputer.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3069970&CatId=493-Kingwin KA9227 CPU cooler.
Am I on the right track here? Please feel free to make your suggestions, built many normal ATX machines but this is my first HTPC build.Thanks in advance.

If it is just for HTPC why does it -need- to be AM2?
Many Intell and AMD skt 939 systems can not just do the same job but a MB/CPU/RAM combo can be found online for -?+ $100 USD that have a PCI-E connection for the GFX card.

Even Fry's had a walk in sale last week of AMD dual core 5600+ w/MB for $124 USD or Intel E2160 w/MB for $88 USD.
They AMD was a better deal.

Unless you don't want,get a Cooler Master PC case onsale for $29. Saves cash and runs -alot- cooler.


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January 27, 2008 1:58:52 AM

Sorry forgot to mention i dont live in the states but i can buy stuff from some stores online , hense i cant walk into a frys or Best buy. Reason i say AM2 is because i want something current while not bleeding edge. I think for the HTPC an IGP would suit me better, less cards i have in there the better.A Cooler Master case? hmm ill look and see what they have to offer.
January 27, 2008 2:30:08 AM

To jackieBoy ,
I need the CPU cooler as i find the stock AM2 fans run a bit loud. I dont plan on overclocking anything,the only purpose the machine serves is to serve my music collection and pipe it to my amplifier and speakers.Now all i need is a cpu cooler that can fit a HTPC case.

Thanks for the responses thus far.
January 27, 2008 2:48:20 AM

Get an AMD BE series CPU. The fans aren't loud and that CPU runs very cool.
January 27, 2008 11:04:09 AM

hmm never thought of that. Can they do the job and play dvd's with no skipping though?
January 27, 2008 3:03:25 PM

All modern CPU's can handle DVD with no skipping. My first PC that I used to watch DVD's had an Athlon T-Bird 800MHz and it didn't skip at all. MPEG-2 (DVD) isn't very difficult to decode. The only reason to have CPU muscle in an HTPC is if you plan on doing any video encoding or plan to watch Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, or other Hi-Def without hardware acceleration.

Perhaps you should wait a few weeks and get one of the new RS780 chipsets that's coming out for AMD. That chipset will have integrated graphics that can take the HD decoding burden away from the CPU if you ever decide to go HD.
January 27, 2008 4:31:56 PM

Dont plan on going full out HD yet so i dont know if im going to wait for this chipset yet, if im still assembling my build at around the time this thing comes out ill switch to it. Anyone have any ideas on a small but silent cpu cooler?
January 27, 2008 4:58:43 PM

CPU cooler will depend on your case. I personally have the Scythe Mini Ninja which was designed with HTPC's in mind. It fits the Antec Fusion case (rather small). I'm using it in a Moncaso 832P. The top of the heatsink is the same height has the PCB of expansion cards. The only downside is that the fan that comes with it is a 3-pin instead of PWM 4-pin, but you can throw a separate PWM fan on it if you wish.

What case were you considering?
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