We decided to set up a little home theatre in the basement so I'm going to build a HTPC.
As this is my first experience building a HTPC, any advice is appreciated.
I just bought a Denon DHT-1312BA HTIB (Denon AVR-1312 receiver with Boston Acoustics speakers) after getting advice on the home audio section of the forums
Approximate Purchase Date: in two weeks
Budget Range: 500$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080p video (I'm thinking of trying XBMC out), file sharing/media streaming over the network, light gaming (probably via XBMC's video game emulation) and surfing the web.
Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS: Windows 7 x64, speakers, SSD (I currently have an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca
Parts Preferences: Mini-ITX motherboard (with onboard WiFi), AMD Llano processor, Mini-ITX case (preferably with normal sized optical drive), preferably ASUS motherboard but I'm open to suggestions.
Overclocking/underclocking: I will definitely be tinkering. I'm going to take it as far as it will go without it being too loud/hot. If I find it's too loud to start with, I'm going to underclock it.
SLI or Crossfire: N/A
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I want a quiet, good looking, small build that still packs a punch.
After doing my homework, I've come down to:
AMD Llano (open to all processors from E2 to A8)
ASUS F1A75-I DELUXE
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (I already own this piece)
Seagate or WD storage drive (2.5" or 3.5" depending on the case)
Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu Ray Drive
I need some input on the case and RAM.
This is what I've come up with for the case. Thoughts/preferences?
Antec ISK300-150 or ISK310-150,
IN WIN BP655,
Thermaltake ElementQ VL52021N2U,
Rosewill RC-CIX-01 BK,
CoolerMaster Elite 361 RC-361-KKN1
For the RAM, the motherboard only supports 1866MHz if it's a single stick. While AMD prefers higher frequency memory, I'm not sure if I should go with two 1600MHz sticks (and use the dual channel capabilities) or just stick with a single 1866MHz stick.
Also, thoughts on the AMD branded memory? I was thinking of going with G.Skill RipJaws but I'm slightly worried about the fins obstructing anything in the small build. I might just go with Kingston or Mushkin Enhanced, maybe G.Skill Ares.
I'm currently looking into doing the same thing
using same mb too with a A8
1-Fractal Design Array R2
as a pure hd (6x 2~3tb drives) driven media center, i got few xhd's worth shows/movies ( possible use a external optical drive)
2-Lian Li PC-Q11
with built in blueray drive support
Coinsider something like the build below. DDR3-1600 is fine for what you are doing, but I would recommend low latency modules. While 1.65v modules are fine, I would still recommend 1.5v. I added two 80mm fans to the build below and called it a day.
Hey everyone, finals are over and the HTPC is built and running like a charm.
Final specs were:
AMD Llano A8-3870K ~130$ (with stock HSF & paste)
ASUS F1A75-I DELUXE ~150$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (2x4GB) 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 @1.5V ~65$
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB ~120$ (that I already had)
LG BH12LS38 (BD-RE) optical drive ~90$
IN WIN BP655 case ~45$ (includes pretty stable 200w picoPSU)
WD Elements Desktop 2TB external HDD
It's a nice little miniITX HTPC, and I'm very happy with it.
A couple little details:
1. I was worried that there might not be enough headroom for the tall memory. I was right. The G.SKILL Ripjaws X that I bought fits just right (it's touching the bottom of the optical drive, I should have taken a picture ). Any taller memory would be a no-go if there is a full-sized optical drive in the case.
2. I had read complaints about the included case fan being too loud. I agree, I unplugged it from the motherboard and the computer is still at very respectable temperatures, and I suggest anyone with this case do to the same or to replace it with a better quality one.
All in all, I'm very pleased. Paired up with a Samsung 59" D550 3D plasma and a Denon DHT-1312BA HTIB, I'm absolutely loving the experience. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all the possibilities with XBMC, but it's fun