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My first HTPC build - how does this look?

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July 8, 2012 7:00:45 PM

This is my first HTPC build - will be used mostly just for HD streaming and Blu-ray. Can you guys check out my setup and let me know if you have any suggestions or anything I should change before I order?

MOBO - BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138345) - $59.99

CPU - AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU (]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951]) - $79.99

RAM - Already have 4GB at home

HD - Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136783]) - $116.99

Optical - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247) - $52.99

PSU - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W Modular (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028) - $39.99

Case - SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC Grandia Series GD05B (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166 - $89.99

TOTAL = $439.94

Thanks for any help! :) 

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July 8, 2012 11:28:35 PM

Keith483 said:

MOBO - BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138345) - $59.99

CPU - AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU (]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951]) - $79.99

Thanks for any help! :) 


No can do - that AM3+ board is incompatible with the FM1 chip so hit a FM1 board such as
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
T-Series also almost always good OC budget boards (if that is relevant)

Also for PSU - get a nice 80+ bronze unit such as
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly a suggestion to control the HPTC from your sofa ^^
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2-4G-2-4Ghz-iPazzPort-Googl...
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July 8, 2012 11:46:53 PM

one other note: is your 4GB at home DDR-3? if not, you want to get some
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July 9, 2012 1:31:20 AM

+1 to above sugestions. The rear exhaust PSU will work better in a flat HTPC case than a bottom exhaust one. Since the HTPC will run a lot, efficiency in this unit matters to reduce heat, cost, etc.

Also please note that your Blue-ray player is OEM. This means you may need to purchase additional software to actually play blue-rays disks. (It doesn't seem intuitive to me either)

I have and love this - note that it comes with cyberlink software. The mirror finish on the front is also much classier looking in the living room. You might find it cheaper somewhere else --I just googled.
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-...

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