Hey guys, new on tom's hardware hope this forum post follows the rules
Basically I am looking into building a low budget HTPC (less than $400) that will have a 1TB hard drive and be as quiet as possible. The main use will be to stream videos and music on the local network straight from the internal hdd.
The cheapest and also lowest power option would be a combo CPU/MB with Intel Atom, AMD E350 or AMD E450. My impression from this board is that the AMD options are better for HTPC because of better integrated graphics. I have a netbook with Intel Atom
Thanks for the reply I've had a look at the products you mentioned and i think i've got an idea of what i need the only thing is i forgot to mention i'm in the UK so those particular products aren't avaliable.
Just to make you aware, I have an AMD E-450 in my laptop and it can't play 1080P video smoothly. It is OK for web browsing and the battery life/power consumption is amazing but I wouldn't get it for a desktop/HTPC.
You say you're in the UK but your budget is $400? Does that mean £400 or ~£250?
EDIT: This should be pretty good.
Intel Pentium G2100T
2x2GB Corsair XMS3 1.5v 1600Mhz
1TB Seagate 2.5'' 5400RPM HDD
AKASA AK-CC7118HP01 K25 CPU Cooler (extremely quiet and only 29.5mm high)
i used $ because that's what everyone on here seems to be using i meant £250 budget, at the moment i've got a 10 year old computer with ubuntu server installed on it and plex media server which streams videos over the local network fine. I just wanted to build something that was small, low power consumption and looked good.
This will purely be used to store files and act as local media access point so it is unlikely i'll be playing 1080p movies from the actual rig itself, i'm not sure if that makes a difference?
This is what i got so far:
Case: e-Mini i3 E-i3 Mini-ITX Slim PC Case with 120W Internal PSU Board £64
Mobo/CPU/GPU: Asus C60M1-I Motherboard £64
RAM: 4GB Corsair DDR3 1333 £20
HDD: 1tb 2.5" Sata II Drive (i'll probably get a SATA III in the future) £70
That case won't fit those, It is designed for 80mm fans. It says 80x15mm though, those are quite specific.
Honestly I don't think you will need extra fans anyway, that CPU is only 17W and won't be put under any major strain by the sounds of it. Most laptops have more power hungry CPU's with inferior cooling and still cope fine.
The E-i3 and E-i5 take 40mm while the E-i7 takes 80mm fans. The OP in the 5th post changed to the E-i3.
Since the C60M1-I has a passive heatsink, it'd be good to have some air moving across it. My E35M1-I runs pretty warm despite being the same 17W TDP. You can always try it first and see what your temps look like. If you do get them, I would put them in a push/pull setup in the E-i3. That seems to work well in the e-mini cases.
BTW, if you're wondering the standard 60W AC adapter is plenty for the C60M1-I.