New HTPC Build - Please help!

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by KLoNe, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. KLoNe

    KLoNe Member

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    Hi guys, thanks for reading. I am looking to put together a new HTPC and I'm not sure if these will be the right components.

    CPU: AMD A6-3500 - $78
    CPU Cooler: ?
    MOBO: Asus F1A75-M LE - $95
    HDD: 128GB Crucial M4 SSD (Selvage)
    Case: Streacom FC8 - $181.50
    ODD: Panasonic UJ-225 - $70
    Remote: ?
    RAM: ? 4/6/8GB?
    NAS: 12TB Synology DiskStation DS411j (Selvage)

    Looking to have it running XBMC (100% of the time, no dropping back to Win7) 24/7; smooth as silk playback and maybe a game here and there. HDMI to my Cambridge Audio 551R and then to my Panasonic P65ST50A.

    Your thoughts?

    Many thanks! :)
     
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  3. Fishface

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    That case is ITX so the M-ATX Asus F1A75-M LE will not fit.
     
  4. Scootre

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    Prob get a separate video card with HDMI out and make it an nVidia. You'll have a better time of it if you ever decide to try out a Linux -based HTPC like MythTv / Mythbuntu. I'm a fan of the latter and the nVidia drivers work a lot better out of the box than AMD on a Linux HTPC, from personal experience.

    Not sure an SSD is right for the HD though. The read/writes will ensure a short life I would have thought... though I've had not experience with these on an HTPC. I run WD Greens in mine and even with multiple simultaneous household connections, the performance is great. I found 7200 RPM drives for the media / recordings ran too hot. Especially Seagates.
     
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  5. Digit

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    I think Linus Torvalds would take exception to that =p lol

    As for your build OP, looks solid. I'd change a couple of things though, such as swapping your 128gb SSD to a 64gb SSD and only install commonly used programs on it, you've got the storage covered with a NAS.

    Also aside from that, maybe use savings on boosting that CPU to the A8? The more powerful GPU component could come in handy if you ever feel like running a small game or using the GPU to encode movies.

    What are you planning to use to capture the TV?
     

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