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$500 HTPC build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: around $500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: PVR, Watching movies, streaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com , amazon.com (prime, so free shipping) , any reputable sites

Country: US

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: It would be nice if it were quiet, but it isn't completely necessary.

I'm also looking for this computer to be 3D-capable, as it would be connected to a 3D-tv. Also, a blu-ray 3d optical drive is preferred. A tv tuner as well.

Thanks in advance for all the help!
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  1. This should be pretty decent and very quiet.

    ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU
    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM
    Antec ISK 300-150 with 150W PSU
    SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model
    Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder

    Total ~$460
  2. would this be able to handle 3D videos?
  3. AMD Zacate E-350 can't do 3D blu-ray unfortunately. Swap out the Zacate motherboard for either an AMD FM1 ITX or an Intel H61/H67 ITX. The 150W ISK PSU will handle the lower end CPU's fine... A4 for AMD or i3 for Intel.
  4. rwpritchett said:
    AMD Zacate E-350 can't do 3D blu-ray unfortunately. Swap out the Zacate motherboard for either an AMD FM1 ITX or an Intel H61/H67 ITX. The 150W ISK PSU will handle the lower end CPU's fine... A4 for AMD or i3 for Intel.


    I agree - if you're gonna go 3-D blu-ray, go for an Intel H61 with a G620 CPU (Pentium Dual Core SB) and a dedicated GPU - I'd say lower end NVIDIA will handle it just fine.
  5. Best answer
  6. sadams04 said:


    Looks good and I really like the Llano, but is the onboard GPU alone enough to handle 3-D blu ray or would you have to eventually get a dedicated GPU to enable the full 3-D display?
  7. The Llano setup is perfectly fine for 3D Blu-Ray playback.
  8. +1 g-unit for llano build
  9. Best answer selected by jonahback.
  10. Thanks, All. I ended up going with the Llano Build, and it's working splendidly.
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