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September 30, 2012 7:57:26 PM

Hey guys. So for christmas this year I was thinking of building my family a HTPC as a present to them all. I live in Ireland so we don't get parts quite as cheap as in America so I will have a selection of websites to choose from.
I don't want something mad expensive. Just something to store all their music and movies and be able to watch them using XMBC or whatever. So I will need a remote too. Also would be cool if it could play some emulators for my younger sister and brother.
Websites I can get stuff off:
www.dabs.ie www.komplett.ie www.pixmania.ie www.elara.ie
I have a build here but its quite expensive. http://puu.sh/19tid
It ends up being 500.23 with a coupon. So yeah what do you guys reckon? How can I get that price down loads? Thanks!

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September 30, 2012 10:54:43 PM

thats a decent build. wait for tuesday though, when the trinity and fm2 motherbiards are out
September 30, 2012 11:13:01 PM

500 is a bit on the more expensive side of what I wanted though I was really hoping to get it to 250 300.
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October 1, 2012 2:26:11 AM

this is from Dabs:

Akasa Genesis M Micro ATX Tower Case Black €25.62

AMD A6-3670K FM1 2.7GHz 4MB 100W Black Edition Quad Core Processor €84.73

ASRock A75M-HVS AMD A75 FM1 Hudson DDR3 mATX €60.46

Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz DIMM 240-pin CL9 1.65V €34.50

Antec 350W Basiq VP350P ATX PSU €41.78

LiteOn IHOS104 4x SATA Int BD-ROM Drive Bare €49.05

Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive €75.48

Total (inc VAT) €371.62
October 1, 2012 7:19:34 AM

That build would be pretty decent yeah? Only thing I would change would be to get a 2tb or 3tb hard drive.
But thanks a lot!
October 1, 2012 8:35:08 AM

You don't need more than 4GB in a HTPC...apart from that, both those builds are good. Remember the noise issue though...silence is king for an HTPC, so try not to get components that are going to be overly warm as they'll need fans to cool them.
October 1, 2012 11:25:17 AM

Do you see anything I could change to make the 370 build go down a bit in price?
October 1, 2012 12:00:24 PM

Afraid not...HTPCs are relatively cheap in comparison to a gaming system, but you're still talking about £350 minimum.
October 1, 2012 2:39:43 PM

I see. On top of that I'll need to get a small keyboard and mouse and HDMI cable and Xbox controller.

Would that case be fine to just lie on its side? Wanted to put it under the TV.
October 1, 2012 4:16:06 PM

should be ok. the question is the blu-ray drive and if it can be side loaded
October 1, 2012 6:19:26 PM

Well if not is there any case that would work better? Like those ones that look a bit like DVD players and all?
October 1, 2012 7:41:27 PM

plenty. pick one you like. it'll be more expensive, but not hugely
October 1, 2012 8:19:20 PM

Is there any requirement for the cases I should look out for? That's the only thing I'm worried about
October 1, 2012 9:52:06 PM

The Silverstone ML03 is fairly cheap and looks DVD player-ish, that could be worth a look:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-milo-ml03b-m...(can-take-atx)?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

For the sake of reducing noise, I'd be tempted to get a 5400RPM drive and possibly a cheaper case. Also the A6-3500, slightly weaker performance on the CPU side but should stay cooler. A cheap CPU cooler may be worth considering as well.

EDIT: Also, I don't know about you but I really like the look of the Logitech K400 for a HTPC

http://www.dabs.com/products/logitech-wireless-touch-ke...
October 1, 2012 10:18:25 PM

Thanks a lot for all the help guys really appreciate it!
Just need to find something that is quite affordable. Even though it will be a family present I still can't break the bank. I'll see if my sister could chip in possibly.
Anything else I could do to reduce prices?

Also yeah I was looking at that keyboard it seems like a very reasonably priced thing so I might get that!
October 2, 2012 3:35:47 AM

I would definitely pick the A6-3500. It's the sweet spot of price/performance. For HTPC, the "K" processor will cost more and produce more heat but not add anything for HTPC duties.

The ML03 is a great recommendation.
October 2, 2012 6:41:41 AM

I was looking more for stuff to reduce the price not get it higher ha ha, on a real tight budget. The one above looks like the best price for 370 but I need to see if I can get it down further.
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