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October 18, 2012 11:40:57 PM

I want to build a really inexpensive HTPC to basically act as an extender on a WMC home network with a HDHomerun Prime.

(w/ link to Newegg for reference)
Case: Apex TX-381-C ($35 Buy.com)
PSU: Antec Basiq BP350 ($30 Buy.com)
CPU: AMD A4-5300 ($65 Newegg)
Mobo: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS ($55 Newegg)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL ($35 Newegg)
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR90GB ($80 Newegg)

Completely open to suggestions.

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October 19, 2012 12:17:52 AM

Do I need the additional power or is power efficiency your point?

8GB is unnecessary? Also "faster RAM" is DDR3 1066 vs. DDR3 1600? I noticed latency on the G.Skill is 7 compared to 9 which is what swayed my choice.
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October 19, 2012 12:24:13 AM

Since it's an APU, 1866 is better.
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October 19, 2012 12:26:08 AM

Power efficiency, your cpu draws around 65 watts full load. Which isn't much, so yeah.
And yes, 8gb is really unnecessary, because you probably won't go over 2gb doing whatever. I know for a fact you really won't be using this for gaming, obviously, so that's why I said to get less ram. And 1066 is very slow compared to 1600, it's worth it, and as I said earlier, the 4gb has a latency of 9 along with the 1600, so really if I were you, I would be getting the 4gb.

I'm making an apu build soon, and the ram I'm getting is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (promo code) EMCJNJD37

APU's benefit greatly from faster ram, it's worth it.
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October 19, 2012 12:29:33 AM

Thank you, that was exactly what I was asking.

Any more suggestions on these or other components?
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October 19, 2012 12:35:37 AM

bucpound said:
Thank you, that was exactly what I was asking.

Any more suggestions on these or other components?


I would tell you anything about cases if I knew anything about micro atx and such. But if there is anything you ever need, feel free to pm! :)  And actually, get this SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 19, 2012 12:38:24 AM

I think I would prefer mini ITX, but micro ATX seems to be cheaper and the size difference isn't too big of a deal.

Great SSD recommendation. The upgrade from 90 GB 120 GB is worth the $20.
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October 19, 2012 12:55:00 AM

bucpound said:
I think I would prefer mini ITX, but micro ATX seems to be cheaper and the size difference isn't too big of a deal.

Great SSD recommendation. The upgrade from 90 GB 120 GB is worth the $20.


Yes, along with the speed too. The ssd he was going to get was very LQ, along with being expensive.
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October 19, 2012 2:14:30 AM

Best answer selected by bucpound.
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October 19, 2012 2:15:21 AM

just so you are aware, you cannot use a PC as an extender for WMC. You might be able to access some recorded TV but you will not be able to watch any protected content or access the tuner/watch TV or use any media center functions. The only extender for WMC is the xbox 360.

You could assign a tuner to it, but not share protected content
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October 19, 2012 3:08:23 AM

I was hoping there wouldn't be that confusion. I plan to assign a tuner to it, but I don't expect much more else than Web surfing and streaming from the media server. This setup should be able to handle it's own instance of WMC from the HDHomerun Prime, right?

Update:
SSD: Purchased - Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G ($90)
RAM: Purchased - Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB)($25)
PSU: Purchased - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 ($20)
Case: Purchased - Silverstone ML03B ($60)
subtotal: $195
Mobo: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS ($55 Newegg)
CPU: AMD A4-5300 ($65 Newegg)
subtotal: $120
Total: $315
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