Sep 29, 2011

I'm planning on building an HTPC for the first time soon. I've read various build ideas, and decided to go with a build simiar to the one I found at http://www.hardware-revolution.com/budget-htpc-august-2011/.

I plan on using this for viewing HD movies, playing music, netflix, and some light web browsing. No ripping or video editing; my current machine can do that.

Please let me know if I've overlooked anything or if there may be something that would work better for what I am looking for. I'd hate to order it all just to have it not meet my needs.

System Details:

LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA 4 Bay External Enclosure

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

Welcome to the HTPC crowd. One of my HTPC's has the motherboard you are considering, and the same Crucial M4 SSD.

That being said, it works great for all media playback with one exception. It is not fast enough to play Netflix HD... you will have to limit yourself to SD streams. Maybe in the future Netflix will properly support hardware acceleration and this won't be the case. But for now, if you want HD Netflix streams then you'll need a beefier CPU.

Second note, there is no need for 8GB RAM. Even 4GB is a bit overkill. To each his own though.

Third note, be sure to upgrade the M4 firmware to the latest 0009. It sure improves the drive's performance.

Check the build in my sig for details.