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My first build, it's an HTPC. Need a second opinion.

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February 20, 2011 10:43:05 PM

This is my first build. The rig will be an HTPC that will sit in my living room. I will use it mainly for watching 1080p movies and outputting 5.1 sound (DTS, DTS-HD, and TrueHD). I may also use it for music playback, internet browsing, and general use (with the odd encoding here and there, if ever). But this will mainly be a mediabrowser machine.

Here are my proposed parts. I'd love to hear what you guys think of it.

My budget is $530 CAD with shipping (but I am willing to spend more if the increase justifies the benefit). I've listed the prices below, they include shipping costs below.

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 95W - $70
BIOSTAR N68S3+ AM3 Micro ATX - $45
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 Low Profile - $45
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 7200 RPM 500GB - $40
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $57
SeaSonic X Series SS-400FL Fanless 80 PLUS GOLD - $150
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case - $130

Total: $537

My main goals are energy efficiency, noise level, and heat management. I think I've covered all of those areas but I may be wrong.

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February 20, 2011 10:56:52 PM

Check out my 450$ build, even that'd work better.

Cheaper infact.

You don't want to get a dedicated card. Just use onboard. I suggest going with this motherboard that has onboard.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Then you probably don't need such an efficient PSU for this is fine.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

You don't need such an expensive PSU. You won't be saving much on your power bill either. Plus most PSU's are very quiet. If you don't think that'll be quiet enough. This PSU will defiantly be quiet.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

As for any other help. I'll jsut wait.
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February 20, 2011 11:13:49 PM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my 450$ build, even that'd work better.

Cheaper infact.

You don't want to get a dedicated card. Just use onboard. I suggest going with this motherboard that has onboard.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Then you probably don't need such an efficient PSU for this is fine.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

You don't need such an expensive PSU. You won't be saving much on your power bill either. Plus most PSU's are very quiet. If you don't think that'll be quiet enough. This PSU will defiantly be quiet.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

As for any other help. I'll jsut wait.


Ah I see. Good advice. The only reason for the dedicated GPU is because the HD5000 allows for bitstreaming HD Audio.

So the efficient PSU isn't worth it in your opinion? If the price on electricity aren't worth it than I won't bother. I'm glad because the upfront cost difference is huge.

I greatly appreciate your help.
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February 20, 2011 11:40:07 PM

Oh well I'm not such a great HTPC builder. But if bitstreaming audio makes a difference. Then go for it. I mean The cost is about the same.

Go with this board.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

It's 5$ more than your original motherboard choice, but AMD chipsets and AMD cpus tend to go a bit better with each other than AMD cpu and Nvidia chipset.
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