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IOs This a good HTPC?

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August 8, 2012 8:24:25 PM

Hi, i was designing a HTPC with these components:

CPU:AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU

Motherboard:ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Optical Drive:LG Black 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD:Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III

Case:APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

I was wondering how i might be able to make it cheaper without costing performance. i was thinking about maybe going with a quad core a6 but im not sure. i was also wondering if i should go with a normal cpu, cheaper mobo and discrete gpu for better performance, but im not sure if i would benefit from only a little internet browsing and hd movie streaming. is there anything i can do to make it cheaper like getting a amd 3 cpu and cheaper motherboard, or the case? while still being able to use all the front ports because i see some motherboards that dont have firewire while the case does.

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August 8, 2012 9:20:12 PM

The reality of it is if all you are going to be doing is a little internet browsing and hd movie streaming why bother with an SSD? If you get rid of that it would save you $75 that you could either keep in your account or throw towards another HDD and raid them for more storage. As for discrete graphics, you really dont need them. I stream 1080p with a sandy bridge i5 just fine with no hickups just using the HD 3000. Not entirely sure about the AMD APU's but if you ditched the SSD you could probly upgrade to a higher APU if you felt the need to.
August 8, 2012 9:35:50 PM

radmanhs said:
Hi, i was designing a HTPC with these components:

CPU:AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU

Motherboard:ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Optical Drive:LG Black 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD:Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III

Case:APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

I was wondering how i might be able to make it cheaper without costing performance. i was thinking about maybe going with a quad core a6 but im not sure. i was also wondering if i should go with a normal cpu, cheaper mobo and discrete gpu for better performance, but im not sure if i would benefit from only a little internet browsing and hd movie streaming. is there anything i can do to make it cheaper like getting a amd 3 cpu and cheaper motherboard, or the case? while still being able to use all the front ports because i see some motherboards that dont have firewire while the case does.

Thanks


Everything seems ok for a HTPC, the GPU in llano is more powerfull than intel HD4000 graphics so you dont have to worry about anything. The SSD is a nice boost but i doubt you need it, its only going to make your PC boot faster and you wont notice a real diference in web browsing or HD streaming with it.


Whats your budget??


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August 8, 2012 9:42:28 PM

+1 to airanp's suggestion. What I would do is ditch the SSD and get this 1TB Caviar Black. That leaves you another $50 to either upgrade the APU to an A8-3850, or save.

Or, if all you want to do is save money, then just ditch the SSD and leave everything as it is.
August 8, 2012 10:23:39 PM



This is my new designed build, what do you think? the firewire card is for the front connection
August 8, 2012 10:27:55 PM

radmanhs said:
http://i.imgur.com/iTyqc.jpg

This is my new designed build, what do you think? the firewire card is for the front connection


it seems ok buddy but read your messages, i left something important there.
August 8, 2012 10:32:54 PM

the one reason i could see using a ssd over a hdd in this case is if you wanted to keep the whole thing super quite, which is often the case with htpcs
August 8, 2012 10:40:52 PM

ya, then again it will be like 15 feet away and will have the tv on...sooo it wont matter
August 8, 2012 11:11:09 PM

radmanhs said:
http://i.imgur.com/iTyqc.jpg

This is my new designed build, what do you think? the firewire card is for the front connection


It looks like a solid build for what you want to do. To save a few more dollars you could nix the sound card as the audio will be sent to the TV through the HDMI connection and if you wanted surround sound you could either send it via optical out from the mother board audio to a surround sound system or just utilize the onboard sound for that. You could also opt for the 1333 ram instead of the 1600 for a few more dollars. All in all I pieced one together wish most of what you had a a few minor changes and the total I came up with was $498.92.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $84.99
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $74.99
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $44.99
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $99.99
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59.99
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $23.99
FireWire: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $9.99
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $99.99

Just a few suggestions. All in all your build above is solid and should provide you with enough power to be able to enjoy it the way you are intending.
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