HTPC Media Server Cheap Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Not Important, no timeframe.

Budget Range: I'd say $300 but anything cheaper is better, left over money from building new system, selling old.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I want to build a Media Server/HTPC

Location: Ottawa, Canada

I want to build the smallest, quietest, cheapest, yet best performing HTPC for viewing HD/Blu-ray content. USB 3.0 would be useful but as long as it has ethernet, not a problem.

Also suggestion of free/cheap RAID software, best solution.
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  1. Here's one from another thread.

    luciferano said:

    CPU and graphics: A6-3500 $69.99

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 $54.98 after MIR

    RAM: Crucial DDR3-1866 9-9-9-24 1.5V 2x2GB BLT2KIT2G3D1869DT1TX0 $39.99 after MIR

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7.2KRPM $55.99 WD5000AAKX

    Case: Rosewill R379-M Micro-ATX slim-line w/300W PSU $49.99

    DVD/CD drive: LG GH24NS90 CD/DVD burner $16.99

    total:$271.93 after $10 MIR
  2. So you're telling me that system can run blu-ray quality without issue?
  3. That DVD burner won't play Blu-rays. The rest of it would work, but I'd get a better case and PSU.
  4. ^Good point, here's a revised version.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill R379-M MicroATX Slim Case w/300W Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $309.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The PSU is fine. 300w is more than enough for a system like this. The PSU is attached to a Rosewill casing so I assume it's a quality product from them as well.
  5. It looks pretty good, but hoping for a smaller (maybe more square) case for this kind of setup. The rest can work.

  6. Once again, remember. I can't seem to open US links, only CA ones.
  7. Here's all of NewEgg's HTPC cases, see if there's any that you like. Just make sure you don't get a micro ATX motherboard and an ITX case.
  8. will the mother board listed here only support stereo? with no hdmi or spdif out?
  9. Anonymous said:
    Once again, remember. I can't seem to open US links, only CA ones.

    Oh my bad. Didn't see you were from Canada. Though hun, you didn't say anything about not being able to open links.
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