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Media Center Build

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February 24, 2013 4:23:05 AM

Hello all, I'm looking to putting together a Media Center PC so to speak. I will be using this for mostly everything, from music, streaming Netflix, watching HD video, and gaming using Steam's Big Picture. I was just wondering if I could get some opinions on my build.

Hard Drive:






Case: or

The following are accessories I'll be using to make this thing really kick ass:

Wireless Adapter:


Gaming Controller:

Thoughts? Better/cheaper items to add? I'd greatly appreciate some feedback!

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February 24, 2013 10:10:11 AM

You're better off just posting the names of the parts if you want more replies. People get lazy and don't want to click through all those links.

That all looks OK but I'd probably go for a Pentium and a HD 7750. They would give better performance and have less power consumption. Lower power consumption means less heat and noise. Important for a HTPC.
February 24, 2013 10:45:07 AM

Intel Pentium G2020
2x2GB G.Skill NS 1333Mhzz
Sapphire HD 7750 1GB Low Profile
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
Seasonic SSR-360GP 360W
Silverstone Milo ML03B

Total - $488.92

There's something that is still good for HTPC duty, has better gaming performance and should be quieter with less power consumption.
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February 24, 2013 11:02:41 AM

I would go for something like the next one. AMD A10 are for sure not power hungry and noise makers! My setup draws 120W under full load (both GPU + CPU)!

COOLER MASTER Elite 120 Advanced Black Appearance: Aluminum & Polymer front, Case body: Steel Alloy Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX

ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR

SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for Notebook

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SUM 529$. Small ITX case, along with the 5800K and fast memory for the best possible GPU perfomance plus SSD to speed things up!
March 6, 2013 5:23:48 AM

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