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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,

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2011 8:35:07 PM

AMD's Fusion APU's combine processor and graphics on a single cpu . Much more graphic power than the atom .
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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
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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
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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!
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January 24, 2012 3:13:49 PM

Best answer selected by peterson99.
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January 24, 2012 3:36:42 PM

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