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May 22, 2012 6:03:53 AM

Here are some parts I wanted for an HTPC build.
What I want to be able to do:
Be able to play blueray and 3D movies.
Watch and record tv shows
Record footage from my xbox 360 and wii
Play some games. (Not that big of an issue because I have a gaming rig)
Store a lot of HD content

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B 69.99
ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) with A8 3850 Llano Combo 191.98
LITE-ON Black 12X Blueray Burner 78.99
APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W 39.99
Radeon HD 6670 99.99
Hauppauge Colossus 134.99
Western Digital 2TB x2 239.98 (119.99 each)
Western Digital 250GB 69.99
Already have 8GB 1600 memory
Webcam 87.99


Total: $1,013.89

What do yall think? Will this build run too hot?

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May 22, 2012 12:15:36 PM
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If it is only light gaming I would for for something like an A6-3500 without the graphics card. That is more than fine for your HD videos and such, would stay a lot cooler and cheaper too.

A SSD will feel a lot faster than that Caviar Blue as a OS drive too, something like the Crucial M4 or Intel 330/520 perhaps.
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May 22, 2012 12:49:19 PM

I'd agree with jmsellars1 that the HD6670 is not necessary. You could go with this combo which uses the same motherboard.

With the money saved from dropping the graphics card, I'd also recommend swapping your OS drive for an SSD.

-Wolf sends
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May 22, 2012 1:43:35 PM

Will the gpu of an a8 or a6 be able to handle a 40 inch tv with a high resolution just in general and for watching hd content?
May 22, 2012 1:51:07 PM

Even an A4 would easily be able to do it, the size of the screen doesn't matter it's the resolution that makes the difference. Even Intel HD 2000 can do it, it has to work very hard though so I'd always recommend something like HD 3000 or an A6.
May 22, 2012 2:09:48 PM

If you aren't in much of a hurry, the next gen AMD APUs are supposed to be on the horizon. It seems like the current gen is fine for your application, so I wouldn't worry about it too much; this is just an fyi so you don't kick yourself for buying too early :) 
May 22, 2012 2:12:55 PM

Ok. So if I take out the dedicated gpu, and get an SSD instead for my OS drive, could I get a lower wattage psu? Would having a psu with lower wattage save me on energy, 80 Plus ratings aside.
May 22, 2012 2:15:31 PM

djscribbles said:
If you aren't in much of a hurry, the next gen AMD APUs are supposed to be on the horizon. It seems like the current gen is fine for your application, so I wouldn't worry about it too much; this is just an fyi so you don't kick yourself for buying too early :) 


If I was building a gaming rig I would definitely take into consideration next gen socket types, cpus, etc. I'm impatient anyways :) 
May 22, 2012 3:34:31 PM

In this case a lower wattage PSU would save energy because it would be running more efficient. I would recommend the SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W if running without a GPU.
May 22, 2012 10:44:16 PM

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May 22, 2012 10:47:22 PM

Thanks yall. I appreciate the help. I ended up dropping the dedicated gpu, getting the Llano A6 instead of the A8, getting a SSD for my OS drive, and dropping the 500W psu for the 300W. Thanks again yall!
May 23, 2012 1:45:49 AM

So just to clarify for others that view this page.

case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B 69.99
Mobo & APU: ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) with A6 164.98
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W 44.99
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 49.99

TV Tuner: Hauppauge Colossus 134.99

Blueray Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blueray Burner 78.99
HDD storage: Western Digital 2TB x2 239.98 (119.99 each)
SSD os: OCZ Agility 3 180GB 169.99

webcam: Logitech C910 USB 2.0 1080p HD Pro Webcam 87.99
wireless card: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter 802.11b/g/n 27.99

keyboard/mouse: Logitech K400 39.99

Total: 1059.88
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May 23, 2012 1:53:55 AM

Looks like a nice build. Congrats!

I'm not sure if it even matters, but I'd probably drop the Colossus into the bottom PCI-Ex16 slot and use the PCI-Ex1 slot for the wireless card.

-Wolf sends
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