Closed Building htpc (settop box) Tags: Homebuilt Systems Product Last response: January 24, 2012 3:36 PM in Systems Share peterson99 December 29, 2011 8:14:41 PM Hi, This is my first attempt at building one of these, so I would just like some opinions on the build. My budget is $300 (give or take) CPU/Motherboard (Intel Atom Dual-Core D525) with a Mini-ITX Motherboard http://www.amazon.ca/Intel-Dual-Core-Mini-ITX-Motherboa... case/psu http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ssd (32gig) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... I plan on using xbmc live for the operating system. I need this to be able to smoothly stream all formats (including mkv), and the ability to play 1080p Concerns. I was unable to find any newer, or even similar cpu's on newegg or tigerdirect - so I'm wondering if this one will do the job, or does anybody know of a better one? Also, I'm not too sure about buying a case with a built in power supply. So any opinions on that would be appreciated Any help is welcome!! Thanks, More about : building htpc settop box Best solution Outlander_04 a c 136 B Homebuilt system December 29, 2011 8:35:07 PM Share AMD's Fusion APU's combine processor and graphics on a single cpu . Much more graphic power than the atom . o1die a b B Homebuilt system December 29, 2011 8:35:42 PM This case has an older atom board/cpu, but the setup will move heat out more effectively: http://www.pcdirectsource.com/Item.cfm?ID=2494. Amd combo below: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Related resources Analog TV - Upgradable HTPC build , Set-top box ? - Forum Question about building HTPC ? - Forum NEED ADVICE ON BUDGET HTPC PLEASE..... - Forum HTPC Questions - Forum Help me build a cheap HTPC - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer peterson99 December 29, 2011 10:42:43 PM OK, so here is my updated list. I decided to go with the AMD's fusion over the Atom, with Outlanders suggestion. CPU (AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Motherboard (GIGABYTE micro atx) http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... Case/psu (275W) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... Ram (Kingston 2gig) http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... ssd (32Gig) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... Any suggestions or opinions on this build is welcome! I'm assuming that 275W will be plenty for its purpose Outlander_04 a c 136 B Homebuilt system December 29, 2011 11:02:43 PM Because the RAM is also the graphics RAM when you use fusion APU's you should squeeze 2 x2 gig in to the budget if you possibly can Consider using an OS/media center application like Mythbuntu peterson99 December 31, 2011 7:23:07 PM Does anybody know how well a wireless "N" Adapter will work with streaming 1080p content, or even 720p? And does anybody have one to suggest? Thanks, for any help! peterson99 January 24, 2012 3:13:49 PM Best answer selected by peterson99. Mousemonkey January 24, 2012 3:36:42 PM This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources New System Build - HTPC Forum New build help needed- Low-end HTPC Forum Is now the time to build an HTPC ? Forum Budget HTPC build advice Forum Advice on $1200 HTPC /school/light gaming build Forum New HTPC Build Questions Forum PC & HTPC Combo less than $500 Forum Finally hitting a Microcenter! Should I buy these parts? Forum Building a new system Forum Building Gaming PC 4 under $1000 Forum Download all firmware before building? Forum Building new $750 gaming PC - advice needed Forum [Solved] Was it worth building? Forum Building a Gaming PC - $1,600 Budget - Need Any Advice You Can Offer Forum Building first PC, need helps! Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !