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 Post subject: Budget HTPC 500-700$
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 pm 
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I have what I think is a well put together build. Wanted to get some input on it before I go ahead. My budget is between
$500 and $700 so there is a little wiggle room, I'm not opposed to the build being cheaper if possible either. The main purpose of this build is watching movies, blurays, streaming and general computer usage, email, office etc. Interested to hear others opinions and input on selected components. This will be my first HTPC build and I'm excited to get it started!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $527.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 23:25 EDT-0400)

 Post subject: Re: Budget HTPC 500-700$
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:46 am 

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This is my build that I was planning http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Publi ... r=21951872

Case: Antek ISK300-150 w/150W PSU($80)
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H61N-USB3 ($80)
CPU: Intel Pentium G630T Sandy Bridge 2.3GHz ($80)
RAM: G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($29)
SSD: OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-64G ($80)
HDD: HGST Travelstar 1 TB 2.5" ($77)

The reasons why I picked what I did...
  • The case is compact. I really don't need a remote either if I can do things from the keyboard (or some crazy mouse)
  • Motherboard didn't need to be fancy
  • CPU doesn't need to be hefty if I'm playing media on this directly. Streaming music should be fine. I'm not sure about video if it has to pre-transcode.
    • It's also a 35W processor, meaning it runs exceptionally cool for a desktop part (35W is about top end for a laptop)
    • Cooler means less noise!
  • 4GB is a good amount, hell, it's even overkill for an HTPC
  • SSD just because
  • The HDD doesn't need to be fast. Multimedia is designed to be bandwidth saving and a higher capacity is ideal here
  • There is no optical drive because in my case, I watch Blu-Ray/DVD on my PS3 anyway. But the case can take a slim drive or better yet, buy an external.
  • I have an extra wireless adapter, but also, it's better for the HTPC to be hardlined anyway

The only real issue here is that for Blu-Ray/DVD, your sound card may not support the fancy decoding (Dolby, THX, etc.) so you may not get the best audio experience.

 Post subject: Re: Budget HTPC 500-700$
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:19 pm 
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Latios thanks for your reply,

I should have added more details to my post. This HTPC is for my parents. They wont need the HTPC to do any audio decoding, the PC will be run through a Sony AV receiver. Wireless is also, unfortunately, a necessity as there are no Ethernet outlets near the AV cabinet and I don't feel like running wires through the walls of the house for it. If it was my place it'd be a different story.

As for your recommendations. They want a more receiver look for the PC, it's going to go inside an AV cabinet. I'm pretty much torn between the Silverstone ML03B, GD07B or the Fractal Design Node605. The only problem I have with the Fractal 605 is that it doesn't have a full size optical, would have to get a slim and I'm not a huge fan of those.

I think a 400 range PSU would be good in case they wanted to add some more drives, or bump up the processor to a core i at some point in the next couple years. You're probably right about 8 gigs being overkill for a HTPC, I can certainly shave 25-30$ going down to 4gb.

While I love SSD's, my parents wont notice the improvement and because of that I think it's best avoided. Why would you recommend the Intel G630T over the Celeron G530?

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