Budget HTPC Build

akhileshgrover

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I'm trying to build a system for downloading torrents and internet surfing (10-20 tabs open at a time) and watching movies.

The downloading would be 24x7.

Please look at the configuration and suggest.

CPU :
AMD A6-3500 APU with AMD Radeon 6530 HD Graphics 2.1/2.4GHz Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Processor - Retail AD3500OJGXBOX - $88.24

moBo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625&IsNodeId=1&CompareItemList=22|13-157-277^DM%2c13-157-261^sCB%2c13-157-260^sCB%2c13-128-530^sCB%2c13-128-528^sCB&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Type=1&Item=13-157-277

Suggest best MoBo from this
HDD :
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Cache: 32MB - $120

OR
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Cache: 32MB - $125

OR
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Cache: 64MB - $130

Memory :
Corsair Memory 4 GB Memory for Intel and AMD 4 Single (Not a kit) 1600MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMX4GX3M1A1600C9 - $20.30

PSU :
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $45

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50

OR

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan - $50

OR

PSU (With Power Supply)
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply - $40

OR

LOGISYS Computer CS305BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Enhanced SOHO Computer Case 480W Power Supply - $30

OR

APEVIA X-Dreamer ATXB3KL-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - $35
 

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The 3500 is better for power considerations and still has the same graphics as 3650 for less.

On the mobos, two points. A55 chipsets are cheaper but lack SATA3/USB3, i dont know if these are concerns. I noticed on the ASRock comments, there's an issue with the BIOS setting that has it to discrete card to default. This makes changing it in BIOS impossible without a discrete card on hand. Dont know if there's a way around it.
 

akhileshgrover

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Memory :
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1333C9 Cas Latency: 9 - $47

or G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT Cas Latency: 9 - $35

or Patriot 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model PSD38G1333SK - $34

or Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7K2/8G Cas Latency: 7 - $38

Which one to choose
 

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None. $21 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396 More than sufficient. 2x2GB sticks 1333Mhz.
 

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Which PSU?

CORSAIR CX430 V2 + NZXT M59/ ROsewell Destroyer - $95

OR

PSU (With Power Supply)
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply - $40

OR

LOGISYS Computer CS305BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Enhanced SOHO Computer Case 480W Power Supply - $30

OR

APEVIA X-Dreamer ATXB3KL-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - $35
 

AdrianPerry

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Depending on where the system is going to be on display, id consider looking at some of these HTPC cases http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008308+600043624&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=690&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

Most of them come with power supplies too.

If the PC is going to be hidden away and not seen, just grab the cheapest case you can find, and a cheap-ish PSU with good ratings (don't just buy cheap junk, check some reviews first).

 


The Corsair. Skip the others... Separate the case and PSU and stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic.

MB - ASRock A75M-HVS FM1 A75 - $70
CPU - AMD A8-3850 FM1 with HD 6550D - $135
CPU Cooler - Scythe SCSK-1100 Low Profile - $35
MEM - Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $22 after MIR
HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $180
OPTICAL - LG Black 12X BD-RW - $60
PSU - CORSAIR CX430 - $35 after MIR
CASE - Silverstone HTPC - $60

$590ish
 

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