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February 20, 2012 3:45:15 AM

Here is my design for my first HTPC, I'm looking to watch 720p video, do some computing, and some light gaming. I wanted it to fit in entertainment center but o/c have adequate cooling. I balanced power usage, noise and performance. Foremost I want it to be quiet, second I want decent performance playing 720p mkv video files, and lastly to not use too much power.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=25710948
Case: nMediaPC micro-ATX( full height cards and power supply, though)
*Power Supply: Antec TruePower 380W ATX PS
CPU : i3-2100
Memory: ADATA DDR3 1600 2x2GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
Video Card: Sapphire 6570 1GB DDR
*HD: 1.5TB WD SATA
*Wireless KB/Mouse

*I already have this item

What do you guys think? I decided to keep costs lot, though I am tempted to save some more and upgrade the CPU and the Video card.

This will be in my living room with the add-on video card hooked via HDMI to my 42" LCD TV. the built-in video will be run to a niche where I have a small desk/office space hooked up. It has its own display, and I just move the wireless kb/mouse to it in order to do office work.

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February 20, 2012 1:49:59 PM

I think I'd go for an AMD Llano CPU for this kind of build. An A8-3870K would give similar performance to that build with less power consumption and it would be cheaper. I would however downgrade to the A6-3500, that still has 3 cores and the graphics are more than good enough for HD video while having less power consumption. It's also good for light gaming. The other benefit with integrated graphics is that you save space in the case and it's easier to cool.

AMD A6-3500
ASRock A55M-HVS FM1
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Intel 320 Series 40GB
SILVERSTONE SECC Grandia Series GD05B
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm

Total - $360.95

I'm assuming that costs about the same but has much lower power consumption and the SSD.
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February 20, 2012 5:38:13 PM

jmsellars1 said:
I think I'd go for an AMD Llano CPU for this kind of build. An A8-3870K would give similar performance to that build with less power consumption and it would be cheaper. I would however downgrade to the A6-3500, that still has 3 cores and the graphics are more than good enough for HD video while having less power consumption. It's also good for light gaming. The other benefit with integrated graphics is that you save space in the case and it's easier to cool.

AMD A6-3500
ASRock A55M-HVS FM1
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Intel 320 Series 40GB
SILVERSTONE SECC Grandia Series GD05B
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm

Total - $360.95

I'm assuming that costs about the same but has much lower power consumption and the SSD.

Well, the setup I posted costs $366, but I decided not to reuse the power supply so it will probably come to over $400 with a p/s added in. Since the HTPC needs to be simultaneously connected to the Television and the office monitor, I need a display adapter in addition to the one built into the motherboard.

Eventually I'll set up a NAS, and detach the storage from the HTPC, at that point I can get an SSD since the HTPC won't be hosting my media.

So, modifying your setup
$80 CPU: AMD A6-3500
$59 MB: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1
$22 Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB)
$70 Case: SILVERSTONE SECC Grandia Series GD05B
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm <- is this an extra case fan?
$60 Video Card: Sapphire 6570 1GB DDR3
$0 *Storage: HD: 1.5TB WD SATA ( already have it)
$0 *Wireless KB/Mouse (already have it )


Total: 281.99 ( needs a power supply and price for the Scythe ).
Prices are from NewEgg
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February 20, 2012 6:02:08 PM

The integrated graphics on the Llano support dual monitors, just make sure the motherboard does too. The ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 in particular does support dual monitors according to ASRock's site. One through VGA and one through HDMI.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=A55M-HVS&ca...

''Dual VGA Output: support HDMI and D-Sub ports by independent display controllers''


The Scythe SCSK-1100 is a very quiet and low profile CPU cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd go for this PSU personally.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 20, 2012 7:47:00 PM


I like your picks! I've read good things about SeaSide PSU. Btw, I read up on the integrated GPU, its a dual Radeon HD6530D . The specs said that it uses shared memory and requires 1866 RAM chips. I looked at Newegg and Mushkin is sold out, but I found GSkill memory that was extremely popular and highly rated . Its twice the RAM but since I'm sharing it with 2 video cards, I don't think its a waste.

The new layout:

$80 CPU: AMD A6-3500
$59 MB: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1
$70 Case: SILVERSTONE SECC Grandia Series GD05B
$34.99 Cooing: Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm <- is this an extra case fan?
$60 Video Card: Sapphire 6570 1GB DDR3
$0 *Storage: HD: 1.5TB WD SATA ( already have it)
$0 *Wireless KB/Mouse (already have it
$59 Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
$39.00 Power Supply: SeaSonic SS300ET Bronze 300W ATX 12V

Total(shipped ): 334.97.

I have a cash back card and a 1% discount referral rebate from Fatwallet. That helps. Also, I know Intel chips are cheaper at Microcenter than on Newegg, but I haven't checked AMD yet. I will since one is like 10minutes from where I live.
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February 20, 2012 7:59:42 PM

Yeah Seasonic PSU's are top notch, quite literally.

I don't think you need the graphics card though, as I said the integrated graphics on the A6 are more than fine for HD video and light gaming. It can run 2 monitors as well.

With the memory, it doesn't require 1866Mhz but it will run it without having to overclock. You can still run 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz as far as I'm aware.
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February 20, 2012 8:51:34 PM

Oops, the video card was included by mistake. I 'm having trouble typing using my very old wireless mouse and keyboard with my netbook right now. The connection is dodgy, so I ordered a logitech K800 and Performance MX. What I have now is a Core Duo Y-RJ20 keybaord andMX700 mouse. Actually the keyboard is ok to use, but the mouse is terrible.

I hope Amazon ships those items quickly as I'm hating this. Lol.


Thanks again for your input. You pretty much redesigned my HTPC for me, though I did provide some input, haha.

I think we have a winner here, but I 'm going to read up on the A6-3500 a bit since I am a lot more familiar with Intel then AMD.
One of your posts will be selected as the answer. This rig will probably get ordered tonight.
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February 20, 2012 8:52:12 PM

Best answer selected by jagooch.
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February 20, 2012 9:24:12 PM

No problem, good luck with the build!
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