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August 14, 2008 9:00:29 PM

Hi, I'm looking to build a new(cheap) system to act as a home server for file storage and backups, and watch HD videos on my 32" 720p LCD.

cpu: AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: I got a spare 250gb and a 320gb external.

optical: SAMSUNG Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: either Antec mini 180p or Antec Sonata III, when it's on sale again :) 

Please comment on the system, how is the motherboard if I'm going to do light oc? I like to keep it as quiet as possible. Also keep in mind that, I'm going to run the system 24/7, so wattage is very important. Hope to keep it under 50watts/idle and 100watts/load.
Thanks in advance.
August 14, 2008 10:04:01 PM

Why would you want to OC a HTPC?

All selections look good, however, wouldnt you want to go for a HTPC case? Antec have the NSK2480 which is nice.

If you want to keep the power usage low youd be better underclocking. maybe hibernate when not in use?
August 14, 2008 11:18:50 PM

thank you for your reply. I only ask about oc to keep the option open for the future.

I heard most htpc cases are actually more hotter and more expensive comparing to towers. I like to keep the fan numbers to the minimum to reduce noises.

I don't think I'm going to use hibernating, so it is available instantly when needed. Also, I might run a personal web server on it too.

Anyone got reviews about these amd 4x50 cpu?

Anyone heard about the new up coming dual core Atom?
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August 14, 2008 11:40:58 PM

Go for the newer Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H. It's a little more $$$ but comes with 128MB sideport memory onboard.

If you plan on having this server out in the open, then I second the suggestion for a true HTPC case or at least a cube SFF case. Heat and noise are all dependant on how you set it up and the parts you choose.
August 15, 2008 3:36:46 AM

anyone know anything about the 4x50 cpus? I did a quick google search, no reviews show up.

anyone know anything about the new upcoming dual-core Atom?
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