Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

HTPC Media Server Cheap Build

Last response: in Systems
Share
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.
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
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
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
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
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
October 12, 2012 5:04:26 PM

Once again, remember. I can't seem to open US links, only CA ones.
m
0
l
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
!