I am looking at parts to build a HTPC with budget aroudn $350-$400 with the following requirements in descending order

Run Ubuntu(10.04)
Stream/Play 1080P movies
Connect HDMI and Optic Sound Output
Run emulators for NES,SNES,N64, PS1, Gamecube, and maybe PS2, Wii

These are the parts I have picked out so far $193
MB: Asus P8H67-M LX
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual Core

HDD: OCZ Vertex Series 30 GB $65
(Just for the OS and some rom files)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB $25

Case W/ PSU: APEVIA HTPC Case with 500W PSU $80

some concerns:

Will the cpu be high enough to handle the emulators and the video processing if not would this take care of it?
XFX GeForce 9600 512MB

Is the case powers supply of good quality or should i just buy psu and case seperate?

Also if anyone knows if the motherboard is supported by linux (Ubuntu).

I really appreciate any input anyone can give.
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  1. I'd recommend a better case/PSU. With what you intend to do a socket FM1 may be up your alley as well. It smokes the i3 on GFX output. Apex PSU's are beyond garbage, I wouldn't even use one for a range target.

    $40 Linkworld Black body/ Silver strip Steel 6280-01 Micro ATX Media Center (the 400W this comes with is garbage)
    $45 Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified (could save a bit more and grab the Antec Basiq 350W)
    $60 GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX
    $120 AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D (will easily play 1080p, and emulate games)
    RAM: what you listed
    $68 Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb (recertified)

    If the vid isn't up to snuff, grab an ATi card, and hybrid X-Fire.
    $40 GIGABYTE GV-R645D3-512I Radeon HD 6450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile
  2. Here's another little setup with a tri-core processor and a discrete DDR5 video card.

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz ($75)

    BIOSTAR A880G+ ($60)

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 ($21)

    OCZ Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G 2.5" 60GB ($80)

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 ($52)

    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 ($70)

    That brings your total to $350.94... it leaves you enough room to pick out a cheap little $30-50 case of your preference.
  3. I looked into the AMD cpu and was wondering if this build would perform will

    MB: ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ $104

    CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz Quad Core $120

    RAM: (Same as before) G.Skill 8GB $25

    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500W $60

    Case:Silverstone HTPC Case -$60

    and if the video isnt good enough i was thinking

    MSI GeForce GT 430 1GB 128-Bit $60

    Total Cost w/out GPU $370
    Total Cost w/GPU $430

    I have an extra HDD I through in to save some money
  4. It should work fine, although that FX proc isn't a very good buy. Better off spending a few more bucks for:
    $125 AMD Phenom II X4 955
    Or a bit less, and grab a low profile HSF with this one:
    $90 AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb
    $24 EVERCOOL HPKC-10025EA 100mm

    As for a vid, an ATi card would be best, as it can hybrid X-Fire with the onboard.
  5. The issue with the Op getting an i5 is price. The AMD is cheaper, and will run emulated games without any issues. Also the Phenoms do have SSE instructions (standard x86 instruction set). The AMD FX procs are a disgrace (especially when last gen hardware trounces em).
  6. Quote:

    Your CPU does indeed not support SSSE3 (just SSE3), and it does not support SSE4.1
    (just SSE4a).

    I think you will be fine with an i3 for emulation as it only needs 2 cores and does support those instruction sets.

    So, Do you think my original setup adding a separate PSU would be fine?

    MB: Asus P8H67-M LX
    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual Core $203

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB $44

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 $45 [...] 6817139027

    Case:Silverstone HTPC Case -$60

    and if the video isnt good enough i was thinking

    MSI GeForce GT 430 1GB 128-Bit $60

    Total Cost w/out GPU $352
    Total Cost w/GPU $412
  7. IMO, the GT430 is a weak card compared to something along the lines of a 5670/6670.
  8. Quote:
    Emulators dont need anything amazing in the gpu department so the GT 430 will do ps2 ect easily.
    I would say yes go for the i3 build mate ;)

    Very true, however why not have the faster card for the same price or less?
  9. Best answer selected by simonb530.
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