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August 4, 2011 11:49:43 AM

ok so here we go what do you pc geeks think of it!
its my first htpc for a client here are his needs

watch over the air hd TV with his hd antenna (channel master CM-4228HD High VHF/UHF HDTV Antenna)
surf the net(msn,email,etc)
watch movies and music

so here is what i put up for now give me your inputs

case-- Antec Case Desktop Fusion Remote Media PC microATX Desktop 1/0/(2) Bays USB IEEE Audio Black/Silver/ http://www.asipartner.com/75956.html
PSU-- Thermaltake Power Supply TRX-650M TR2 RX 650W W/Active PFC ATX 12V Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/86917.html
motherboard-- Asus Motherboard P7H55-M/CSM Intel Core i7/i5/i3 LGA1156 Intel H55E DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA microATX Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/100659.html
CPU-- Intel CPU BX80616I3550 Core i3 550 3.2GHz LGA1156 4MB 2Cores/4Threads Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101495.html
Memory-- OCZ Memory OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Dual Channel Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101759.html
HDD-- 2X Western Digital HDD 1TB WD10EARS Caviar Green SATA3.0 Desktop Storage 64MB Cache Bare/ http://www.asipartner.com/86337.html
video card-- XFX Video Card HD-545X-ZNF2 HD5450 1GB DDR2 Low Profile 64Bit HDMI DVI-I VGA PCI-Express 2.1 Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101436.html
Tv-Tuner-- Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
audio-- Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
DVD-- Asus DVD-RW BC-12B1ST/BLK/B Combo Blu-ray Drive 8X SATA Black With Software Bulk/ http://www.asipartner.com/110540.html
Networking-- TP-Link Nework Device TL-WN951N 802.11g/b/n Wireless Advanced N PCI Adapter with 3 Detachable Antennas Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/87721.html

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August 4, 2011 12:06:34 PM

i dont really know amd that is why i didnt go that way iva always had intel and ati vga cards :(  but if u guys have any good inputs ill be glade to take them and who knows maybe ill switch from intel to amd on my next personnal build :p 

and for the psu isnt 380 low.. with hd vga card,dual tv tuner card, audio card etc...
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2011 1:18:04 PM

4z3rty said:
i dont really know amd that is why i didnt go that way iva always had intel and ati vga cards :(  but if u guys have any good inputs ill be glade to take them and who knows maybe ill switch from intel to amd on my next personnal build :p 

and for the psu isnt 380 low.. with hd vga card,dual tv tuner card, audio card etc...

The Llano has built in GPU that is more capable than the HD5450 and only consumes about 100watts so the total build should consume less than 200watts!
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August 4, 2011 1:36:04 PM

but im looking at the mobo's and i need microatx wih 2 pcie x1 slots...and a pci..
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August 4, 2011 2:48:26 PM

ok couple modifications done :p 


case-- Antec Case Desktop Fusion Remote Media PC microATX Desktop 1/0/(2) Bays USB IEEE Audio Black/Silver/ http://www.asipartner.com/75956.html
**PSU-- Antec Power Supply HCG-400 400W 80PLUS Bronze ATX12V version 2.3 EPS12V Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/104907.html
**motherboard-- Gigabyte Motherboard GA-A75M-D2H Hudson D3 FM1 PCI Express DDR3 SATA USB 3.0 microATX Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/113763.html
**CPU-- AMD CPU APU AD3850WNGXBOX A8 3850 X4 2.9 Ghz FM1 100W Retail/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Memory-- OCZ Memory OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Dual Channel Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101759.html
**HDD-- 2X Seagate HDD ST31000524AS 1TB SATA 6Gb/s Desktop Storage 7200rpm 32MB Cache Bare Drive/ http://www.asipartner.com/109362.html
Tv-Tuner-- Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6815116036
audio-- Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6829102024
DVD-- Asus DVD-RW BC-12B1ST/BLK/B Combo Blu-ray Drive 8X SATA Black With Software Bulk/ http://www.asipartner.com/110540.html
Networking-- TP-Link Nework Device TL-WN951N 802.11g/b/n Wireless Advanced N PCI Adapter with 3 Detachable Antennas Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/87721.html


all for a total of ~900$cnd
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2011 2:51:09 PM

rolli is right about the TDP and the total power usage.

I have a bad feeling about OCZ memory, I've just heard so much product failure from the Gold/Platinum series failing a lot on quality control. But meh?

How much are you getting the Antec for, I can't check the price.
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2011 2:59:26 PM

Agree on the OCZ memory they are gone (going) out of the memory industry because of to much competition. You are better of with corsair, gskill and kingston to name a few.
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August 4, 2011 3:24:09 PM

Antec Case Desktop Fusion Remote Media PC microATX Desktop 1/0/(2) Bays USB IEEE Audio Black/Silver $139.02
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August 4, 2011 3:26:50 PM

and changed memory for this
Crucial Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 CL9 CT51264BA1339 Retail $23.38
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August 4, 2011 5:50:30 PM

ok so for now final setup look like this...

case-- Antec Case Desktop Fusion Remote Media PC microATX Desktop 1/0/(2) Bays USB IEEE Audio Black/Silver/ http://www.asipartner.com/75956.html
PSU-- Antec Power Supply HCG-400 400W 80PLUS Bronze ATX12V version 2.3 EPS12V Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/104907.html
motherboard-- Gigabyte Motherboard GA-A75M-D2H Hudson D3 FM1 PCI Express DDR3 SATA USB 3.0 microATX Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/113763.html
CPU-- AMD CPU APU AD3850WNGXBOX A8 3850 X4 2.9 Ghz FM1 100W Retail/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory-- Crucial Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 CL9 CT51264BA1339 Retail/
http://www.asipartner.com/88997.html
HDD-- 2X Seagate HDD ST31000524AS 1TB SATA 6Gb/s Desktop Storage 7200rpm 32MB Cache Bare Drive/ http://www.asipartner.com/109362.html
Tv-Tuner-- Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6815116036
audio-- Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6829102024
DVD-- Asus DVD-RW BC-12B1ST/BLK/B Combo Blu-ray Drive 8X SATA Black With Software Bulk/ http://www.asipartner.com/110540.html
Networking-- TP-Link Nework Device TL-WN951N 802.11g/b/n Wireless Advanced N PCI Adapter with 3 Detachable Antennas Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/87721.html
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2011 6:12:09 PM

4z3rty said:
ok so here we go what do you pc geeks think of it!
its my first htpc for a client here are his needs

watch over the air hd TV with his hd antenna (channel master CM-4228HD High VHF/UHF HDTV Antenna)
surf the net(msn,email,etc)
watch movies and music

so here is what i put up for now give me your inputs

case-- Antec Case Desktop Fusion Remote Media PC microATX Desktop 1/0/(2) Bays USB IEEE Audio Black/Silver/ http://www.asipartner.com/75956.html
PSU-- Thermaltake Power Supply TRX-650M TR2 RX 650W W/Active PFC ATX 12V Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/86917.html
motherboard-- Asus Motherboard P7H55-M/CSM Intel Core i7/i5/i3 LGA1156 Intel H55E DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA microATX Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/100659.html
CPU-- Intel CPU BX80616I3550 Core i3 550 3.2GHz LGA1156 4MB 2Cores/4Threads Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101495.html
Memory-- OCZ Memory OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Dual Channel Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101759.html
HDD-- 2X Western Digital HDD 1TB WD10EARS Caviar Green SATA3.0 Desktop Storage 64MB Cache Bare/ http://www.asipartner.com/86337.html
video card-- XFX Video Card HD-545X-ZNF2 HD5450 1GB DDR2 Low Profile 64Bit HDMI DVI-I VGA PCI-Express 2.1 Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/101436.html
Tv-Tuner-- Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
audio-- Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium/ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
DVD-- Asus DVD-RW BC-12B1ST/BLK/B Combo Blu-ray Drive 8X SATA Black With Software Bulk/ http://www.asipartner.com/110540.html
Networking-- TP-Link Nework Device TL-WN951N 802.11g/b/n Wireless Advanced N PCI Adapter with 3 Detachable Antennas Retail/ http://www.asipartner.com/87721.html


Some of this seems okay, and some doesn't. I realized that others were saying that ocz memory is a bit iffy. It is. I personally have 4gb of ocz gold. The first 2 sticks I got were faulty, cause blue screens, and I ended up having to RMA. Once I did that however, they were fine. I've had no problems as of yet, but this is good for starting off. I was wondering what your budget is. If I knew that I would be able to help much more. :) 
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August 4, 2011 6:15:28 PM

i dont have a clear budget im looking at max 900 caus i have to resell after to my client... note that this is not a gaming pc true htpc bd movies hd tv music..
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2011 9:24:17 PM

Is the sound card really needed? Most modern HTPC's just pass audio over HDMI. Especially if your client is planning to use HD audio on blu-ray... which that sound card can't handle.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 5, 2011 4:10:01 AM

^+1

oh you miss understood me. I meant how much are you paying for the Antec PSU.
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August 5, 2011 2:11:28 PM

42$ :p 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 5, 2011 2:49:21 PM

Wow great deal!
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