HTPC Media Server Cheap Build Tags: Build Media Server Systems Product Last response: October 13, 2012 1:41 AM in Systems Share bmancreations October 12, 2012 5:25:31 AM 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. More about : htpc media server cheap build excella1221 October 12, 2012 6:40:52 AM Here's one from another thread. luciferano said:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5hM CPU and graphics: A6-3500 $69.99 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad3500ojgxbox Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 $54.98 after MIR http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaa55... RAM: Crucial DDR3-1866 9-9-9-24 1.5V 2x2GB BLT2KIT2G3D1869DT1TX0 $39.99 after MIR http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-blt2kit2g3d... HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7.2KRPM $55.99 WD5000AAKX http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h... Case: Rosewill R379-M Micro-ATX slim-line w/300W PSU $49.99 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-r379m DVD/CD drive: LG GH24NS90 CD/DVD burner $16.99 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns90 total:$271.93 after $10 MIR m 0 l bmancreations October 12, 2012 2:02:23 PM So you're telling me that system can run blu-ray quality without issue? m 0 l Related resources Cheap HTPC/Media Server - Forum Cheap HTPC/Media Server/CPU/10bit h.264 MKV - Forum Need Advice on Budget HTPC/Media Server Build - Forum Need some help on an HTPC or media server build - Forum First HTPC Gaming Media Server Build, Help Appreciated - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer akopp21 October 12, 2012 2:14:05 PM That DVD burner won't play Blu-rays. The rest of it would work, but I'd get a better case and PSU. m 0 l excella1221 October 12, 2012 2:44:51 PM ^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. m 0 l bmancreations October 12, 2012 3:19:23 PM It looks pretty good, but hoping for a smaller (maybe more square) case for this kind of setup. The rest can work. Thanks. m 0 l excella1221 October 12, 2012 3:49:16 PM Okay, here, it's also $10 cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l bmancreations October 12, 2012 5:04:26 PM Once again, remember. I can't seem to open US links, only CA ones. m 0 l akopp21 October 12, 2012 6:18:02 PM 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. http://www.newegg.ca/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory... m 0 l Seahawk2000 October 12, 2012 6:43:51 PM will the mother board listed here only support stereo? with no hdmi or spdif out? m 0 l excella1221 October 13, 2012 1:41:39 AM bmancreations 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. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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