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Is this an ok HTPC?

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November 24, 2012 3:28:06 PM

Hey.
I previously said I would be making my family a HTPC for Christmas and I just want to show you guys the parts to see if it's okay.
I would prefer it to be cheaper so if you guys see anything I could do to make it cheaper please let me know.
Here is the part list:

Motherboard: http://www.dabs.ie/products/asrock-fm2a55m-amd-fm2-a55-...

Processor: http://www.dabs.ie/products/intel-celeron-g530-2-4ghz-l...

Hard Drive: http://www.dabs.ie/products/seagate-3tb-barracuda-sata-...

RAM: http://www.dabs.ie/products/kingston-4gb--1-x-4gb--hype...

Disc Drive: http://www.dabs.ie/products/liteon-ihos104-4x-sata-inte...

Wireless: http://www.dabs.ie/products/tp-link-150mbit-wlan-lite-n...

Case: http://www.dabs.ie/products/best-value-d100-enlight-des...


All of the stuff is from www.dabs.ie

If you can help me make it cheaper it would be great! I still need to find a good remote of some sort to control it so it would be appreciated if I can get some help

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November 24, 2012 4:07:39 PM

I'd go for something with better graphics for a HTPC to be honest. See if you can stretch to an A6 maybe. If not, the A4's are still OK.
November 24, 2012 9:06:34 PM

Why do you say that
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November 25, 2012 10:04:52 PM

You're going to want to play high quality videos presumably, for that it is best to have decent graphics as well as a decent CPU. An A6 would be ideal in my opinion, an A4 is also good though. The best Intel option would be the i3-3225 but that looks a bit out of budget.
November 25, 2012 10:10:57 PM

Go for an AMD A6 or A4 build. For the price, you can't beat it. I think right now amazon.com still has the a6 quad core for $60 usd.
November 26, 2012 4:56:09 PM

That's one of the new Trinity CPU's, you might get an old Llano one a bit cheaper but it will only be a couple of Euros cheaper and you will have last gen stuff. I'd just grab something based on the one you linked. If you do, be sure to get 1600Mhz+ memory to make the most of it. 1600Mhz is generally the same price as 1333Mhz.
November 26, 2012 5:07:03 PM

Would I be better off getting a Raspberry Pi and a 2tb hard drive. Was talking to a friend about it and it sounds like the Pi can do everything I want it to for my family. What do you think? Just hook it up to a external HDD and run XMBC on it and leave it on for a HTPC. Good idea or?
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