Mini ITX Budget HTPC

Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been on these forums since I built my gaming rig last year. I'm back now because I've noticed I have a lot of parts laying around from upgrading my laptop and other small things... so I'm trying to put them to good use.

To Buy:
Motherboard/CPU: ASUS C8HM70-I Intel Celeron847 1.1GHz BGA1023 Intel HM70 Motherboard/CPU Combo - OEM - $90
Case/Power Supply: IN WIN BP655.200BL Black Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W Power Supply - $50
Wifi Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 150Mbps Nano Wireless N USB 2.0 Adapter 802.11/B/G/N - $10
SSD: Is it worth it? (Maybe I'll look for a 60GB SATA3 for $30 or so)
Total: $150 or more.

Already Own:
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 SODIMM
GPU: MSI Geforce 210 512MB DDR3
HDD: WD Scorpio Blue 80GB SATA2
ODD: Samsung 22x DVD Writer
CPU Cooler: Corsair A50 --> probably won't use...

1) How do the parts look? Any substitutions you would suggest?
2) Do you think it's worth it to spit another $150-$200 for a low-power mini ITX build? Or is it not worth the hassle.

Thanks.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 1080P HTPC Case ($66.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $297.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 01:54 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $282.95
    Shipping: $14.99
    Total: $297.94
    (Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)

    alot faster than that celeron ur thinking of, dont get that, its gonna be really painful to use.

    good enought for u my friend ;)
  2. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ycQ8/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 1080P HTPC Case ($66.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $297.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 01:54 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $282.95
    Shipping: $14.99
    Total: $297.94
    (Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)

    alot faster than that celeron ur thinking of, dont get that, its gonna be really painful to use.

    good enought for u my friend ;)


    Thanks for the quick response. My MAIN issue is the cost... $300 could buy me a budget mATX gaming rig (Pentium G6XX + Radeon HD6570 or something), trying to keep the cost as low as possible. Also:

    1) SO-DIMM RAM that I current have lying around won't be compatible with that board
    2) I can't really use the GeForce 210 with the APU

    My hopes in building this machine is to use all the remaining parts I currently have... I guess it'll be fine if I just use it as an office PC. Anyone care for a challenge? ;D
  3. whats the parts u have again, list them and ur current maximum budget.
  4. iceclock said:
    whats the parts u have again, list them and ur current maximum budget.


    Currently own:
    RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 SODIMM
    GPU: MSI Geforce 210 512MB DDR3
    HDD: WD Scorpio Blue 80GB SATA2
    ODD: Samsung 22x DVD Writer
    CPU Cooler: Corsair A50

    Need to buy:
    CPU
    Motherboard
    Case
    Power Supply
    Wifi Adapter
    SSD (optional at this point -- I think I'll trade the Corsair A50 for someone's SSD)

    Budget: ~$150

    EDIT: Assume that I have the OS, monitor and peripherals. Thanks.
  5. Good lord, a 210? Sell it to a museum that specializes in old and weird technology - it'll sit next to the magical exploding ford pinto!

    That being said, you can pick up a Pentium for fairly cheap, but I'm not sure about a motherboard that runs So-Dimm. Might be cheaper to get one with onboard wifi, and a new 4GB kit of SDRAM for $20. Just a couple thoughts.
  6. DarkSable said:
    Good lord, a 210? Sell it to a museum that specializes in old and weird technology - it'll sit next to the magical exploding ford pinto!

    That being said, you can pick up a Pentium for fairly cheap, but I'm not sure about a motherboard that runs So-Dimm. Might be cheaper to get one with onboard wifi, and a new 4GB kit of SDRAM for $20. Just a couple thoughts.


    You're completely correct. The 210 and the SODIMM are what's holding me back.. but I have them.. what should I do? =T

    If I did go to a Sandy Bridge Pentium, the Intel HD Graphics 3000 is slightly better than the 210. I would have more motherboard options, but I would have to buy more RAM.

    What I looked at was the Sandy Bridge Celeron 847 (17W TDP)... I get the opportunity to use my existing RAM (saves me $20), and the GeForce 210 (30W TDP) will actually go to use (since the Celeron has horrible integrated graphics). I guess the main benefit here is the extremely small form factor and extremely low wattage.
  7. at this point doesntn seem logical to just spend 150$, id save up with a bit more and make something of quality.

    dont think u can do that with 150$
  8. I found more parts, but I'll put them up for sale in my local classified as see how much I can get...

    1) Corsair Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler [BNIB] - $30
    2) MSI GeForce 210 512MB DDR3 (TurboCache 1GB) Low Profile Graphics Card [BNIB] - $20
    3) Zalman ZM-M200 Optical Gaming Mouse [BNIB] - $10
    4) Zalman ZM-M400 Optical Gaming Mouse [LNIB] - $15
    5) Azio Levetron KB555U Backlit Gaming Keyboard [LNIB] - $25
    6) Gigabyte M6800 Optical Gaming Mouse (switchable DPI) [LNIB] - $15
    7) Western Digital Scorpio Blue 80GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive OEM [LNIB] - $20
    8) Micron Technology 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 Laptop SO-DIMM RAM OEM [LNIB] - $20
    9) Samsung 22x Optical Disc Drive OEM [BNIB] - $20

    Anything worthy of a build now?
  9. keep the samsung. optical drive. and sell the rest.

    than comeback and lets see what we can work with. u want atleast 350$ to have something decent.
  10. Sure. I think I'll go for:

    Intel Sandy-Bridge Celeron - $40
    Intel H61 itx motherboard - $50
    Patriot 8GB DDR3 RAM - $20
    AMD Radeon HD6570 Low Profile Graphics card - $50
    Samsung Optical Disc Drive - $20
    Mini-Itx case w/ power supply - $50
    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD - $50
    Western Digital Scorpio Blue 80GB HDD - $20

    And I'll keep my Azio Levetron Keyboard ($25) and Gigabyte Mouse ($15).

    Total: $340
  11. looks good to me. nice
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