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February 26, 2012 3:48:38 AM

I'm looking to replace my existing HTPC (Dell with an Athlon 2) with something "snappier". This machine will be used for in order of importance...Watching TV (Windows Media Center with existing InfiniTV USB), movies, video encoding, light gaming (minecraft, maybe some FPS games). I haven't built my own machine for *ahem* quite some time...I'll leave it at that.

Here is what I've come up with so far...

LIAN LI Black PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112186
$149.99 (after discount)

ASUS F1A75-M PRO Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131764
$104.99

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Socket FM1 Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103994
$124.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
$46.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
$89.99 (after discount)

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
$139.99

Diablotek PHD Series PHD380M 380W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822001
$30.99 (after discount)

Grand Total: $687.9

Anything I should consider swapping out? I was orginially looking at a full ATX case but don't think I need the extra expandability. Also will I be OK with the one 70mm case fan? This machine will be in a media cabinet but it is well ventilated.

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February 26, 2012 12:15:50 PM

Looks like a decent build save for the power supply. This is something you definitely do not want to go cheap on. Also, given the size of your case, you may want to consider going modular. Perhaps this PC Power and Cooling 400W PSU

-Wolf sends
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February 26, 2012 12:49:16 PM

Yet another double post!
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February 26, 2012 1:16:02 PM

Looks a lot like my upcoming build, you may get some help from this discussion. Includes a couple good suggestions on PSU, including an Antec 400W with a 15% code, $51 shipped vs. $37 shipped for the Diablotek.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/337363-31-need-value-...


I was going with the A8-3850 too, swapped it out for the A8-3870 at the last minute. Newegg offering a $15 gift card with the 3870 through tomorrow. Unlocked, 3.0 GHz OEM, and cheaper (after gift card) than the 3850.


Did you see this?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/llano-apu-a75-mothe...
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February 26, 2012 1:49:02 PM

Optical drive?
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February 26, 2012 7:51:14 PM

sarphinius said:
Optical drive?


No optical drive needed, I'll be installing windows from a USB and I can't recall the last time I watched an actual DVD.
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February 26, 2012 9:00:27 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Looks like a decent build save for the power supply. This is something you definitely do not want to go cheap on. Also, given the size of your case, you may want to consider going modular. Perhaps this PC Power and Cooling 400W PSU

-Wolf sends


I had overlooked the fact that a standard ATX PSU will fit in this case. I like the modular design of the PSU you've suggested, should help minimize the clutter.
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February 26, 2012 9:15:36 PM

I think this will do it...any last mintue suggestions before I pull the trigger?

LIAN LI Black PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112186
$149.99 (after discount)

ASUS F1A75-M PRO Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131764
$104.99

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
139.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
$46.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
$89.99 (after discount)

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
$139.99

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III PPCMK3S400 400W ATX 12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
[ulr]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/url]
$69.99 ($20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)

Grand Total: $706.93 ($741.93 -$15 gift card -$20 rebate)
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February 28, 2012 1:34:54 PM

why the ssd?
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February 28, 2012 4:00:36 PM

I did consider ditching the SSD as I'm unsure how much benefit it will actually give me. Honestly the only reason I'm really getting one is because I've never had one and as a hobbyist I'd like to see what affect it has on system performance.
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March 6, 2012 4:35:39 PM

Best answer selected by slackjaw74.
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