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~$500 HTPC and general use pc (Australia)

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August 20, 2012 11:37:38 AM

Hi, im building a new PC that will be used for general computing and home theatre. My bugdet is ~$500
Ive already come up with a list of parts that i think would handle it and then some. I would also like any reccomend parts to be mini-ITX capable. I know this also means i can not overclock.
My preffered parts dealer is called pccasegear and my parts links will come from there

APU-AMD A8 3870K: its the only type available (no cheaper "locked" version available)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard-AsRock A75M mini ITX motherboard: any reccomendations?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case+PSU-Thermaltake element Q mini ITX case: cheap, comes with a PSU that seems adequate. (do i need more power?)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS-MS Windows 7 home premium: need i say anything more?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM-G.Skill ares 8 GB set: more than ill ever need, and its only $25 extra
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Hard drive-Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200 RPM hard drive: love a solid state, but just not doable on this bugdet and maintain decent specs everywhere else.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

What do you think? Any reccomendations?
August 21, 2012 2:20:35 AM

Is there anyone with any experiance with these parts?
August 21, 2012 8:18:17 AM

PANZER4 said:
Is there anyone with any experiance with these parts?


the case and psu aren't that good. 200w is barely enough to power the system ~150w loaded. the psu would be running at 75% and most of that on the weak 12v rail. also for your power bill's sake I would get a 80+ rated PSU.
I am not saying it won't work, I'm saying I wouldn't build it using that CASE/PSU combo.

Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
PSU
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


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August 21, 2012 8:25:54 AM

Thanks, this is my first "small build". Is there anything else i should look out for, or will it come together like a bigger PC? (plugs, size?)
August 21, 2012 9:16:14 AM

PANZER4 said:
Thanks, this is my first "small build". Is there anything else i should look out for, or will it come together like a bigger PC? (plugs, size?)



wire ties and lots of patience getting everything to fit without looking like a rat's nest :) 
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