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I'm looking to build a HTPC that is powerful enough to handle 3D Blu-ray, Uncompressed Bitstream audio, MKV 1080p and the ability to multitask (I.E. Max out my 100Mbit connection while watching a Blu-ray).

The build will be powerful enough to allow the above with no dropped frames but not so powerful to get up on it's own 4 legs and start hitting the cat with the remote.

I've eyed the AMD A8 CPUs and the Integrated Hudsons but from the reviews I have read they both suffer from dropped frames.

If anyone can suggest anything my budget is ideally nothing more than £500. I have a copy of Win 7 so that isn't a problem.

Thanks.
post #2 of 33
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I've put together the following build which I think is just enough juice to do what I need. Please let me know of any suggestions you may have:

Case: Silverstone GD06B Grandia
PSU: 450W Powercool Modular 80 PLUS
Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-37 x12 BD-R
HDD: 2TB Western Digital WD20EARX Caviar Green IntelliPower 64Mb
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
CPU: AMD A8 3850
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB 1600Mhz
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6570 Ultimate Edition 1024MB Silent GPU
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by TFX View Post
I've put together the following build which I think is just enough juice to do what I need. Please let me know of any suggestions you may have:

Case: Silverstone GD06B Grandia
PSU: 450W Powercool Modular 80 PLUS
Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-37 x12 BD-R
HDD: 2TB Western Digital WD20EARX Caviar Green IntelliPower 64Mb
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
CPU: AMD A8 3850
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB 1600Mhz
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6570 Ultimate Edition 1024MB Silent GPU
Where is it you are ordering from bud?

Scan, eBuyer, dabs, OCUK ?
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Most from Scan and a couple of bits from OCUK.
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Most from Scan and a couple of bits from OCUK.
Right, gimme a second, I'll check if there are any better options than the parts chosen - the build is pretty solid though!
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Originally Posted by TFX View Post
I've put together the following build which I think is just enough juice to do what I need. Please let me know of any suggestions you may have:

Case: Silverstone GD06B Grandia
PSU: 450W Powercool Modular 80 PLUS
Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-37 x12 BD-R
HDD: 2TB Western Digital WD20EARX Caviar Green IntelliPower 64Mb
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
CPU: AMD A8 3850
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB 1600Mhz
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6570 Ultimate Edition 1024MB Silent GPU
Haha, I was just about to suggest almost that exact same build. PSU is kinda iffy to me though, I'd suggest maybe Antec or Corsair? With 500 to spend you shouldn't crap out on the PSU. That's a solid build though, should do everything you need it to.
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post #7 of 33
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Haha, I was just about to suggest almost that exact same build. PSU is kinda iffy to me though, I'd suggest maybe Antec or Corsair? With 500 to spend you shouldn't crap out on the PSU. That's a solid build though, should do everything you need it to.
How about a Silverstone SST-ST50F-P Strider 500W Modular? It's a bit more expensive but you're right. Lots of bad reviews on Powercool.
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Does that 6570 have GDDR5? The GDDR3 and GDDR5 ones are usually only like $5 away from each other and the difference is noticeable.
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The RAM, if buying from OCUK you should swap out for:

Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz

£6 cheaper than the Kingston and much more reliable

As for the PSU, it's pretty bad.

This Seasonic unit will run much more quietly and efficiently and the £6 you saved from ran pretty much covers the added cost.
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Does that 6570 have GDDR5? The GDDR3 and GDDR5 ones are usually only like $5 away from each other and the difference is noticeable.
GDDR3

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The RAM, if buying from OCUK you should swap out for:

Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz

£6 cheaper than the Kingston and much more reliable

As for the PSU, it's pretty bad.

This Seasonic unit will run much more quietly and efficiently and the £6 you saved from ran pretty much covers the added cost.
The ram is at Scan an is an additional quid cheaper
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