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May 22, 2011 10:49:21 PM

Budget HTPC w/ Blu-ray

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week

Budget Range: Under $350 is the target, but $400 is my limit after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching standard cable TV via Vulkano Flow box, watching local HDTV via clear QAM or OTA antenna, watching Blu-ray, watching DVDs , I don't plan to rip or torrent much.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers , antenna , BT dongle


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: What ever is cheapest. .....FYI.... I live 2 miles from a MicroCenter.

Country of Origin: Colorado, USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use a lower watt processor to save $ on power use.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Not sure, I will use a 42" Phillips LCD HDTV (42PFL7432D)

Additional Comments: My TV stand has space for a 6"x18"x24" case, but I can also put it on the floor. I prefer internal tuner & Blu-ray, but external is ok. I know I might have to upgrade the case fan to run quieter/cooler. I would like to use Ubuntu if compatable with the Vulkano player. I do not need a dual tuner

Parts:
1. Phenom™ II X2 560 Black Edition $89.99 + tax
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

2. MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+MATX ( Free )
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
Or
MSI 880G-E45 Socket AM3 880G ATX AMD Motherboard (for $20 more)
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

3. Not sure on a case; hec Black 0.7mm 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Crucial Cru4GB DDR2-667 (PC-5300) CL5 Dual Channel Memory Kit $35
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

5. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $45-$10 code = $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. LG GBC-H20N SATA Black 6x Blu-ray BD-ROM/16x DVD-RW (Bulk) $50
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=AA79...

7. Tuner aprox. $40 (The tuner I get will depend on the Case I decide on.)

This build comes in at about $325, but I am sure I am missing something.


Edits:
1. Bumped up memory from 2gb to 4gb
2. Decided on a case....I think...
May 22, 2011 11:50:51 PM

^ Don't get that PSU, it's an old ATX 1.x 65% efficient model.
I would try to get a Athlon II x3 instead, especially for your uses. Then add a newer 800 series motherboard, and 4GB of RAM (I'm not a Centon fan).
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May 23, 2011 3:10:14 AM

To get a deal on the motherboard I need to choose one of the Phenom™ II processors ........what am I missing out on if i go cheap and buy the Phenom™ II X2 560 Black Edition instead of the Athlon II x3 ??

Also, the 800 series motherboard available in my bundle is $20 more and not mATX.........any cheap case suggestions if I go with that mobo??
May 23, 2011 3:13:31 AM

Getting a Athlon II is not going cheap, it will perform about the same if not better in some instances. Why are you only considering this one said bundle?
May 23, 2011 4:41:16 AM

jbakerlent said:
Getting a Athlon II is not going cheap, it will perform about the same if not better in some instances. Why are you only considering this one said bundle?


Sorry what I ment to say was, if I go with the Athlon II x3 it looks like it would put me over my $350 target, and I am wondering what the benefits of an Athlon II x3 would be to my build?


http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

May 23, 2011 7:20:11 PM

mosox said:
Here's an idea

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec ISK 300-150 150W Mini-ITX Desktop Case
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-300-150-Mini-ITX-Desktop-Ro...
Team 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need a slim optical drive for that case.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/934
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--0nChlFnWY


Satisfied (with one exception) customer, here.

For reasons unknown to me, I could not load the AHCI drivers before installing a copy of Windows Vista 32-bit I had laying around (I tried 5 different ways - none was by standard floppy for obvious reasons) on a Super Talent 64GB SSD.

Exceptional product (with that one exception). Peaks at 39w load - sleeps at 6w. Color quality is amazing - UVD3 dxva hardware acceleration works great. Essentially see 30% CPU utilization in playback with C&Q at 800NHz.

I'm going to find a workaround ... or die trying :lol:  I need the esata port multiplier for a 5-bay external enclosure. No issues so far simply playing streamed media across my network (from my other 2 5-bay external enclosures :D  )



edit: LOL at 800 'nano-hertz'
May 24, 2011 2:41:09 AM

mosox said:
Here's an idea

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec ISK 300-150 150W Mini-ITX Desktop Case
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-300-150-Mini-ITX-Desktop-Ro...
Team 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need a slim optical drive for that case.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/934
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--0nChlFnWY



I love the energy efficency and small size of this set up but it looks to be a little too much above my $350 target (even before I add a Tuner)

Newegg.com

Antec ISK 300-150 Black Computer Case $79.99

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive $47.99

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo $109.99

Team 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory $21.99

ASUS USB 2.0 External BD Combo Model SBC-06D1S-U/DBLU $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $99.99


Shipping: $24.40


Grand Total (before Tuner) : $384.35




May 24, 2011 3:50:53 AM

Sharing the suggestions that I got for my low power HTPC thread http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/311707-13-power-htp.... All credit goes to lifeking.

Note: All of the items are from Newegg


Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U Black SGCC / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W SFX Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811133093 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$74.99
$64.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152244 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$42.99


Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder 1196 PCI-Express x1 Interface
Item #: N82E16815116028 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$8.00 Instant
$59.99
$51.99


IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
Item #: N82E16823176018 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$11.00 Instant
$49.99
$38.99


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231253 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$39.99


ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Item #: N82E16813157247 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$129.99
$114.99


SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
Item #: N82E16827151232 link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$74.99
$64.99
Subtotal: $418.93
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