First Time HTPC Build

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Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: $600 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080P video - Blu-ray, MKV, any format without lag or stuttering, Netflix, Hulu, Boxee, Internet usage, practically no gaming. No 3d movies either.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, TV/Display, HDMI Cables, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca, memoryexpress.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Either AMD Llano or Intel Sandy-Bridge. Still undetermined

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - Panasonic 50" Plasma TV.

Additional Comments: Quiet and Looks good in the living room.


So far I have an AMD build:

CPU : AMD A8-3850 $139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

MOBO: ASROCK A75 $95.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157260

RAM: Still undecided.. Some recommendations please?

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $74.99 --> Not sure about this heard good things though about the samsung drives. Recommendations?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204037

or

nMEDIAPC Silver Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000S Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $79.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204036

PSU: Need assistance with this.. Any recommendations?

CPU Cooler: Do I need one? Is the stock one loud? Also do I need any other fans?

GPU: Hopefully can use the integrated one so I do not need a separate GPU. Will the LLano be able to handle 1080P and blu-ray without a hitch?

Optical drive: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA $64.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222

This is what I have so far. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. My budget is a bit flexible. I am sitting around $450 right now not including taxes or shipping. Does anyone have some good recommendations for a remote as well?

Thank you,

Sebastian




 

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Thanks for your help mosox. What type of PSU should I get? Should I go with AMD or intel? Also I am tempted to get a more flashy case and I am willing to spend more on it. will this system as is be able to play video and stream HD flawlessly?
 
No, a power supply only consumes and provides the power needed by the computer.

That said, there is an ideal capacity for power supplies. You want to put a demand on the PSU that corresponds to where it is most efficient... generally that's 40-60% of it's rated wattage.

Seasonic makes some of the quietest PSUs around.

What will your system draw? I would like to know myself...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/llano-apu-a75-motherboard,3008-18.html

That looks pretty clear. Sadly, we aren't going to find much in the high quality 200W PSU area.

Most Seasonic built PSUs are very quiet at low loads. You could get a gfanless unit like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151097

But really why not have a fan that will kick in when it's really needed? Think of it as emergency cooling that is otherwise very quiet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072
 

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After help from everyone I am close to my final HTPC build.

CPU : AMD A8-3850 $139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819103942

MOBO: ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $95.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157260

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $29.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $74.99 --> Not sure about this heard good things though about the samsung drives. Recommendations?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6822152185

Case: Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $148.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129054

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-400 400W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $66.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371046

CPU Cooler: Still no answer on this.... Anyone know if I should go with an aftermarket CPU cooler?

Optical drive: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA $64.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6827151222

Okay I am about to pull the trigger.. Any other recommendations or comments? I am still unsure what to do about the CPU cooler and HDD.

Thanks.
 

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Thanks proximon. One more question what would be an ASUS equivalent of that ASrock board I am interested in? ASRock isnt available locally so I was wondering what type of ASUS board I could use?
 
actually, Newegg has a few combos running from $350 to $622 that would be excellent for you:

$345 A6 build, a basic computer with a middling (but not terrible) PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719548
AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3650WNGXBOX
ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3K2/4G
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3, Elite 460W Power Supply
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

$470 a8 Build. Similar to the a6 above, but with an A8 processor, windows included, and a slightly weaker PSU (430 vs 460W)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719552
MSI A75MA-G55 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$538 a6 build, an HTPC build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.721385
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center ...
AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3650WNGXBOX
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
Logitech Harmony 300i (915-000143) Universal Infrared Remote
LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet - PCTV Tuner (A188 - White Box) MTVHDDUWB PCI-Express x1 Interface

$622 a8 HTPC build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.721390
AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet - PCTV Tuner (A188 - White Box) MTVHDDUWB PCI-Express x1 Interface
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support
Kaybles 6 ft. High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet and Gold Plated Connector Model HDMI-HE-6
Logitech Harmony 300i (915-000143) Universal Infrared Remote
Microsoft JR9-00011 Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media