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First Stab at HTPC Build £300-400

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March 28, 2013 1:11:03 PM

Hi, Not really a hardware guy but looking to put together a HTPC. Was going to buy an Intel NUC but thought I could get something better for around the same price if I built myself since I don't really need the very small size.. but my head is swimming with all the options so could do with some help.

Have thrown together a build below which is likely to be fairly seriously erroneous but could use that as a starting point. Would like to know if it's over-spec'ed, could be done cheaper, have I missed anything.. if it would even work (because I'm not very sure about compatibility). Especially unsure about the PSU and memory!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: as soon as I am confident I know what I'm buying!

Thanks!


Budget Range: £200-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, streaming 720/1080 from a NAS, iplayer, 40d, skype, playing music from NAS over a wired network. No 3D. No wireless.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No - going with a linux install

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference - the cheapest

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: Like the sound of AMD Trinity for HTPC but easily swayed to something else.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: don't know

Your Monitor Resolution: HD TV

Additional Comments: The usual requirements for a HTPC. Quiet, smallish case (happy with it to be about the size of a HiFi component (eg. amp).

Silverstone Milo ML03B microATX, Black, Slim/HTPC Case with USB 3.0 w/o PSU (can take ATX)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-milo-ml03b-m...(can-take-atx)

Asus F2A85-M LE, AMD A85X, FM2, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/HDMI, MATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-f2a85-m-le-amd-a85x...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-matx

AMD A8 5600K Black Edition, S FM2, Virgo Core, Quad Core 3.6GHz, AMD Radeon HD 7560D 760MHz, 100W, Retail
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a8-5600k-black-editi...

430W Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2UK, 80%+ BRONZE Eff', Uncertified, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3, PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-builder-ser...

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-16000 (2000), CAS 10-10-10-27 XMP, 1.50V
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-pc3-16000-(2000)-cas-10-10-10-27-xmp-150v

64GB SanDisk Pulse, 2.5" SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, MLC-Flash, Read 490MB/s, Write 240MB/s, 7200 IOPS 1800 IOPS Max.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-sandisk-pulse-25-ss...

Intel Gigabit PRO 1000CT PCIe Desktop Network Adapter - OEM Version
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-gigabit-pro-1000ct...

£350
March 28, 2013 1:29:10 PM

this is basically my htpc only difference is i made my own case out of a old fisher stereo receiver.
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Nqud
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Nqud/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Nqud/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor (£49.14 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£58.69 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£45.87 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£55.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD04B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case (£71.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£40.98 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.80 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £343.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 10:27 BST+0100)
March 29, 2013 12:58:27 AM

Thanks for the reply... I never knew there was a UK part picker - brilliant site!
so can your HTPC handle most things you throw at it..? What sort of thing would it struggle with?
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March 29, 2013 1:07:41 AM

Hmm what about the audio set up - got that settled?
March 29, 2013 1:41:42 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm what about the audio set up - got that settled?


I've got nothing settled!.. Quite happy using the TV sound for films so that's via HDMI I'm assuming... haven't quite worked out what I need to do to get it to play music through my (slightly aged) hifi also.
March 29, 2013 6:49:18 AM

schemieradge said:
Thanks for the reply... I never knew there was a UK part picker - brilliant site!
so can your HTPC handle most things you throw at it..? What sort of thing would it struggle with?
it plays 1080p with out any hiccups goes on the internet and allows me to play emulator games mainly nes snes ps1 games. haven't tried ps2 games yet . so yeah i'm pretty happy with it . for audio into a older hifi i use this to my denon avr 1000 receiver . sounds pretty good .
March 29, 2013 2:10:39 PM

Thanks for the info.. looking good!

Forgot to say I want to set this up as a PVR also... so I guess I need a PCIe TV card also.. any recommendations?
March 29, 2013 2:33:38 PM

schemieradge said:
Thanks for the info.. looking good!

Forgot to say I want to set this up as a PVR also... so I guess I need a PCIe TV card also.. any recommendations?

can't help you there.Sorry, have never messed with tv tuner cards
March 30, 2013 5:09:58 AM

schemieradge said:
Thanks for the info.. looking good!

Forgot to say I want to set this up as a PVR also... so I guess I need a PCIe TV card also.. any recommendations?


The type of card would depend on your source i.e are u tapping FTA/DVB-T or DVB-S, off a set top box, etc
March 30, 2013 5:43:56 AM

batuchka said:

The type of card would depend on your source i.e are u tapping FTA/DVB-T or DVB-S, off a set top box, etc


It's DVB-T.. there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of choice for DVB-T PCIe cards.. I guess it's something like this I need - quite pricey though:
BlackGold High Definition PCI-e Card, Dual DVB-T/T2, Dual Digital DVB-C
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/blackgold-bgt3620-high-d...

March 30, 2013 6:57:46 AM

schemieradge said:

It's DVB-T.. there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of choice for DVB-T PCIe cards.. I guess it's something like this I need - quite pricey though:
BlackGold High Definition PCI-e Card, Dual DVB-T/T2, Dual Digital DVB-C
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/blackgold-bgt3620-high-d...



No point paying more for T2/C - if u ok with used fish out Hauppauge TV cards as i have good experiences with these for both analog and DVB-T tuners ^^ Good NPVR support is a plus if u into that software ^^ (works good with WMC/Linux as well)

March 31, 2013 2:02:52 AM

These are a bit cheaper.. think it would do the job:
Hauppauge HVR-1200 MCE Analog and Digital PCI Express Card
http://www.stuff-uk.net/p-59632.aspx
Good tip on checking used listings - seems to be a lot around
March 31, 2013 2:03:44 AM

Would I need to buy any extra cooling with the above set up?
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