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February 8, 2013 2:32:28 AM

I have built a couple gaming rigs (on a medium to large budget) but never a HTPC. I was wondering how the specs I have chosen would hold up for what I'm wanting to do with it. I'm manly using it for streaming movies, tv shows, and music from my NAS. (Movies and Tv Shows range from 1080p to 480) Along with watching the movies, I would like to set up some emulators that would allow me to play SNES, NES, and Sega Genesis. The HTPC will be hooked up to my 42" LED. I am trying to keep the build at or below $400 (current price is $412). Will the build I have put together be sufficient, or should I add/modify my selections?

CASE: SILVERSTONE ML03B ($59.99 + $9.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...&Tpk=ML03B
CPU: AMD A6-5600K ($59.99 + $0)
http://microcenter.com/product/400672/A6..._Processor
MOBO: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ($59.99 + $6.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...-A75MA-E35
PSU: Antec Earthtech 380W ($49.99 + $4.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817371033
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB ($59.99 + $0)
http://microcenter.com/product/364779/Ag...Controller
RAM: Kingston 2X2GB DDR3 1600 ($30.99 + $0)
http://microcenter.com/product/332847/4G...y_Modules)
BDD: LG 14x Blu-ray Burner ($69.99 + 0)
http://microcenter.com/product/398053/14...Bare_Drive

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February 8, 2013 3:09:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $366.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 00:08 EST-0500)

Hi this is cheaper. Hope I helped.
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February 8, 2013 6:50:34 PM

Thanks that does help, ALOT. I really want to get it down past $400 and your build gets me to where I'd like to be. But can you elaborate a tad on why you chose some of the hardware compared to what I already had? Is the A8 better for all around purposes or specifically for movies or emulators? I noticed that it is quad core compared to dual core which is better but is the graphics card built in much better?
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February 8, 2013 11:13:42 PM

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

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply ($44.93 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $286.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 20:13 EST-0500)
dirt cheap
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February 11, 2013 3:39:48 AM

Hi, the quad core will help out a lot with tasks.

Emulators should have no problem especially PS1 and below era.
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February 11, 2013 12:10:12 PM

I think the build you have should be enough. Everything I have read says that A6 should be sufficient.

PSU and BR/DVD recommended by Cutebeans plus MB recommended by bodeen are about identical in specs but save about $90. I would keep your SSD unless you need the additional storage.

I have Apex DM-318 and it is fine (if you go for this case, you might want to toss the stock fan and get a quieter one). However, it is probably worth it to invest in the Silverstone and avoid a stock PSU if you can do that within your budget.
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December 10, 2013 7:38:16 PM

Hi all,

I'm new to the HTPC world, and to this forum. After a lot of reading, I finally stumbled upon this thread which has a build very similar to what I am looking for: stream movies and tv from netflix and other sources, emulate my SNES games, play blue-rays and CDs, all while running XBMC. I also may hook up an external hard drive at times. The htpc will be hooked up to my plasma TV and my stereo receiver.

Given that it has been about 10 months since this was posted, I wanted to write and ask what updates would be made to the above lists? I have done a lot of looking around, but find that I am just going around in circles at this point.

Thanks for your help.
Mike
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December 11, 2013 6:17:08 PM

I will reiterate my advice on the apex case. In thelast year the psu on mine died. It was under warranty and I am going through rma now but if I had to do it over I would get a different case with separate psu.
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April 30, 2014 10:27:34 AM

Right now, there are lots of great guides online that talk about HTPCs. For example take a look at this one:
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/766848/How-to-build...

The good thing is that you can't miss by too much, your main choice is whether to go with:
1. AMD - (AMD A4-5300 3.4Ghz for example)
pros: cheaper, better performance in games
cons: power consumption, heating
2. Intel - (i3)
switch cons and pros

CPU choice will direct choice of MOBO, that'll direct which case/psu you pick up, etc. But for $400 you can build pretty powerful machine nowadays.

If anyone is interested in more links - let me know, I've just built my HTPC recently ;) 
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