+1 Newb Htpc Build for review

Approximate Purchase Date: Nov 2011

Budget Range: ~<500 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: NetFlix, Hulu, Blu Ray playback, Email and surfing on 55" 1080p Tv via hdmi... (Feels like a glorified and more expensive ps3 tbh)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or B&M Frys

Country of Origin: USA

MOBO: ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I32105

MEMORY:G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBECO

OPTICAL:SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM

CASE:Raidmax ATX626BP mATX Case

Specific Questions/Notes:
Hard drive will be probably be cannibalized out of my old system unless someone has a link for a good deal on a 500 gb or 1 TB... Haven't really shopped it yet.

With that in mind, I am not currently a cable Tv subscriber so I am also looking for any suggestions on TV tuner cards. (<Ceton $400 option)

Any thought or opinion on that case + psu? Realize it isnt the typical choice but i really liked it when i saw it in person.

Is there a better performance to value ram I should be getting?

Can I dodge the $100 OS with ubuntu and Xbmc? and what software do i need for BR playback?

Obviously my knowledge at this point is bits and pieces, as I mentioned above not too sure if a laptop with BR and an Hdmi out wouldnt just be a better choice...

Thanks in Advance.
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  1. Best answer
    the FM1 offers a much stronger graphics solution and for what you need it, it is going to be much better bang for buck.
    And the mobo i put there is very decent, you could shave off more buck and go for a cheaper one. The processor i chose is quad core, there are others along the AMD APU line that will save you some more cash. Anyhow, for the money, AMD offers much superior HTPC.

    Why would you need windows on an HTPC?
    The case seems enticing but it is a risk.
  2. Obviously not trying to start a fanboy war, but given the lack of replies to you vx I will re-work based on his/your input... In terms of blu ray playback I am still a bit confused as to if additional hardware ie Powerdvd 11 would be necessary..or would i have to rip to MKV and then play them back? Not up to speed on the NAS/Unraid end of this tech.

    Id also like to ask, the rig im currently on was my first ever build (q6600 +Ep45 Ud3p + Radeon 4870) any quick fix or suggestions for just moving this into a smaller form factor or tower?
  3. After VX's Advice:

    AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3500OJGXBOX
    bundled with:
    1x ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s ...

    CASE: hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case

    OPTICAL:ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    MEM:Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G

    Total ~ $295

    With prices the way they are I think Ill cannibalize the Hard Drive Im currently on. Again with the newb questions I know, Any advice for how or where to sell my leftover components? Ebay/CL? Having never bought or sold this type of item USED especially...any advice or pointers for avoiding hassle?
  4. ow nice, a bundle. Seems great and your mom will never notice the 2.1 ghz.
    HEC has sturdy builds on the budget side. It should be good.
    Memory is perfect. Yup it seems like a solid build there.

    Well what you have, other people are already selling on ebay already. Make a search for them and imitate their sales, it is easier than it looks.
  5. LOL My mom?
  6. Best answer selected by newbhtpc.
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