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i don't have an SSD on my main rig atm. it's not really important for e atm. my pc is running 24/7 and my games are on an hard drive for that only. what would be the gain? firefox popping up faster?
I WILL get SSD's someday ( soon i think) but it would be at the same time for both htpc and gaming rig.
It would be a 0$ win7 ultimate for the HTPC.. see what i mean... lol

SSD boot drive makes Windows boot faster. It also makes program load faster. Doesn't have that annoying HDD "clickr" sound.
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If possible, I'd implore you to spend a tad more and get a PSU.

Even if it's a 250W or 300W OEM FSP or Seasonic unit.

Because those bundled PSUs are total crap.
I know you won't be needing an ass-load of power since all you're driving is a Fusion with its onboard chip, but do take into consideration the reliability of your system as a whole should you want to use that cheap Apex power supply.

It's the Western equivalent to Asia's Young Year, iCute, HEADWAY, PowerLogic and other things like Apevia, Raidmax, Sunbeam and Diablotek.
All rubbish that fails in a couple years tops, regardless of how low the load.


EDIT: 'Sides, an OEM PSU from a company with a certain pedigree almost always guarantees you better efficiency.
Granted, you could be getting an FSP ATX250PA which doesn't even have Active PFC which makes it inefficient in today's standards; correct. But let's not forget that these companies actually employ a bridge rectifier, which is definitely way more efficient than the half-bridge, 4-diode topology that almost all of these bundled, brandless power supplies use.
Edited by Volvo - 1/24/12 at 5:27pm
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post #23 of 25
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low wattage psu: 40-60$, HTPC case with atx psu hole: 70-200$

APEX case with psu inside: 45$

For a 250$ HTPC, 200$ except the case with a 300$ budget. there's no way i'm gonna get an expensive htpc case with a psu for this low end build... i've been with the lowest acceptable hardware to build it within 200$. find me a better solution for case + psu for 100$- and ill get i allllll the way. I don't want normal pc case. HTPC case only.

And trust me, i know a LOT of stuff about psu and every, check out my sig rig. I spend days on reading on every single hardware part that came out in past 6 years... And i don't give a F about a 250$ htpc if he fails >.< seriously if i can run it for 2 years ill be happy smile.gif And everyone who use this apex cas ewith the psu gave great feedback on every website selling it, i saw review from people using it from 3 years without any issue.




Thanks for being concerned about health of my futur HTPC but i don't think it would die... if you can do better with 100$ do it smile.gif it would be great haha
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SSD boot drive makes Windows boot faster. It also makes program load faster. Doesn't have that annoying HDD "clickr" sound.

I'm going with the crucial m4 128GB myself too for my main rig, IF i do get one for the HTPC with would be a dirty corsair nova 60GB.. But i don't see any reason to get one ... as i won't close it anyway and my movies are running on my external drive.
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And trust me, i know a LOT of stuff about psu and every, check out my sig rig. I spend days on reading on every single hardware part that came out in past 6 years... And i don't give a F about a 250$ htpc if he fails >.< seriously if i can run it for 2 years ill be happy And everyone who use this apex cas ewith the psu gave great feedback on every website selling it, i saw review from people using it from 3 years without any issue.
- Are you The ONE? If you are then Morpheus is still looking for you mate - call him and get the pill!

Seems like you are the guru we have all been searching for, wonder why you started this thread if you were so sure and said this?
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All advices are welcome

Now here is a piece of advice to you, since you said that, step off that pedestal you put yourself on and take a good hard look at your build.

Mr.know it all, if you are trying to save money then you wouldn't build something to fail in 2 or 3 years! If you are really serious about this build then you would step down on your chosen motherboard and memory (there are lot of cheaper options available there - here is a link to make it easy for you motherboard & memory) and a feature rich mother board and a fast memory ain't gonna do squat for you if all you want it to do is this
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This is really jsut for 1080p movies on my 55 inch and some light gaming ( rarely)

Use that money to put towards either replacing your included PSU in that Apevia case with a much better one as suggested by many above, or use that to get both a new case and a new PSU, which will for sure outlive both your MoBo and your memory!
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if you can do better with 100$ do it
- to this I say how do you like them apples - $40 PSU and the $60 Case!

What difference would this make - I assume since u are a self proclaimed expert you would know it, if not ask and someone will explain it to you!

Forget the SSD I suggested above, it is not going to fit in your budget! I'm done here!
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where did i said it was an expert? troll u mad? I only said i knoe this psu is crappy but i don't give a f about it as this whole build cost almost same as my gaming cpu. I don't think even this kind of psu would fail with a max power draw of 100w,,,,



Also, not sure if i can replace the psu. as it's not an ATX size. Anyway, i want a cheap but not-so-bad case. and psu i know what to get. come 40ish antec cheapo 350w. still better ain't it?

AND, if i could save some money. would a amd e-350 be a better solution for windows 7 htpc? the mobo with apu onboard are less than 100$ so i could get a decent psu and a slightly better case.


I stil doesn't want to go over 300 bucks for it.


Anyway thanks for all the advice. THEY ARE WELCOME! and no i didn't ever proclamed myself an expert. i'm not woking for best buy... ( tr0l0l0l0)
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