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HTPC Build Review

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February 1, 2012 9:41:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week hopefully

Budget Range: ~$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching movies, browsing internet, light gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, or other

Country: US

Current Parts:
Parts list

CPU AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor $89.99 @ Newegg

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg

Memory Patriot Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $19.99 @ Microcenter

Hard Drive Corsair Force Series 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $79.99 @ Newegg

Case Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case $59.99 @ Amazon

Power Supply Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $41.99 @ SuperBiiz

Optical Drive Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $69.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $436.93


Also, any remote/keyboard advice? Will I need a case fan? Thanks for the help.

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February 2, 2012 12:06:24 AM

The SSD is really not necessary for such a build so you could save some money there.

You should be fine without case fans, but if needed, I would get these. You'll want them blowing out, not in. The case supports up to 4, but two should be the max needed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 7, 2012 5:28:41 AM

You could probably save money on the case/PSU by getting this:

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and use that money to get this:

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: Actually, nevermind. You probably chose that case because it fits better in your space or something so maybe the Antec isn't a good choice after all.
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