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New APU HTPC build - buying in the next week

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March 8, 2012 7:14:43 PM

Here is my proposed HTPC build:

Silverstone MILO Series ML03B HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (shipping $14.99)
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Aluminum-Steel-Center... (same price, free shipping)
Micro-atx, low profile, supports 2 3.5 in HDD's and 1 2.5 in HDD (or SSD, of course).

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNGXBOX
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-A8-3850-Quad-Core-Processor-A...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M PRO/CSM FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the processor I have selected overkill for an HTPC? Mainly, I just want the best Llano on-die graphics available so I don't need to install a dedicated graphics card. Is there that much difference between 6530D and 6550D?

Also, is going to a low-profile case a good idea? Any HTPC builders out there who have regretted moving to a low-profile case?

My basic plan is to buy the A8-3850 and the case on Amazon, due to no tax and free shipping on the case (shipping is $14.99 on newegg - yikes).
I'll get the MB and SSD on newegg as the price is slightly cheaper on newegg and the tax makes it about equal, but I like buying things from newegg (1-day shipping from Memphis)

Already purchased (Brand-new)
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It was $40 on sale, so I went ahead and got it.

Plan to re-use from current HTPC:
QTY 2: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Luckily I bought these before the price hikes

QTY 2: Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder 1196 PCI-Express x1 Interface
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS My Cinema-PE9400 Combo TV Tuner Card w/Low Profile Brackets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Bought for $149.99 in October 2010...ouch. These are in my current gaming PC, and then I can upgrade my gaming PC to higher-clock memory if they work in the new PC. Not sure how much this lower-speed memory will affect the APU - from what I've read, it does have an effect.

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

All of my tv tuners have low-profile adapters, so that's not a problem.

Let me know if anybody has any better suggestions!

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March 8, 2012 9:20:26 PM

Please fix your links.

After looking this over, it looks like it will all fit within your selected case, but it's going to be REAL tight. I strongly suggest reading through the case manual to see what you're getting into.

Other than that, I don't see a problem with the build.

-Wolf sends
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March 8, 2012 9:39:14 PM

Links are fixed - thanks for catching that.

I will give the case manual a good read, but I know it will be tight. If necessary, I will take one of the 2 TB drives out and put it in my gaming rig and access it over the network, but only if I absolutely have to. They are only 5900 RPM drives, so they don't get too hot
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March 9, 2012 2:01:13 AM

I was less worried about heat and more worried about where you're going to put all the cabling. ;) 

-Wolf sends
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March 12, 2012 7:04:27 PM

Yeah, I am a bit worried about the cabling. Hopefully it won't be too bad. I like to have a clean-looking case, but if it's not, that's why there's a case cover, right? :) 

I pulled the trigger (half of it anyway) on Thursday. I ordered the ML03B case and the A8-3850 from Amazon due to free shipping. However, it still hasn't shipped from the Amazon warehouse, so who knows when it will arrive. It's been 2 1/2 business days now, but hopefully I'll get it before this weekend. :??: 

I'm going to order the rest from newegg as soon as I get funds in my PayPal account from a StubHub ticket sale on Thursday:
ASUS F1A75-M PRO/CSM FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've read a few articles saying that the Llano chips work best with 1600 MHz RAM, and they benefit a little more from 1866, so I'm going to buy new RAM as well. I've got some OCZ Gold 1600MHz, but I've had MemTest errors on those 2x2GB sticks on three different motherboards. They're currently in my Q6600/790i HTPC.

The newegg merchandise usually arrives next business day for me, as I live in Nashville (they have a distribution center in Memphis).

Anyway, thanks for all the advice, Wolfshadw. Hopefully I won't regret the low-profile case. My main reason for choosing it is so i can put a third shelf back into my entertainment center - I had to remove a shelf so that my mid-size ATX tower would fit (on its side).

If everything goes well with shipping, I will put it together this weekend and post the results afterward.
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March 12, 2012 7:05:09 PM

Best answer selected by sprinx.
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March 30, 2012 6:45:43 PM

System is up and running. I finally made the transition last Saturday, decommissioning my old 790i setup and moving the TV capture cards to the new system. Everything went great, although it is a tight fit. I was able to cram most of the excess cabling under the bluray drive on top of the SSD. It's small, quiet, and it uses 40 watts when idling, as opposed to 180 watts with my old rig. I also love the new UEFI BIOS in the ASUS motherboard - my first experience with the new BIOS interface.
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March 30, 2012 11:26:54 PM

Nice that you got it set up! I'm glad it's working out for you. I would note that in my larger NMEDIAPC 200BA case, I also shoved extraneous cabling underneath my DVD drive... I think I cooked it. :??: 

-Wolf sends
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