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Hi all,
My parents asked me to put together a HTPC for them.
Just basics like watching movies, streaming music, picture slideshows etc, with a simple user interface.
A windows platform would work, but if theres a super simple GUI platform I'd love to hear suggestions.

They already have a reciever that they run their surround sound through from all devices, so no sound card needed.
Im thinking a good GPU with HDMI out shoudl suffice.
It also needs to be as small as possible!

I welcome all suggestions and input!
Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 10
Is there a budget you're working with? If not, this is a good case/PSU to start with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163149

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No real budget, obviously most bang for buck is always good.
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You could use a AMD E-350 APU and not even need a seperate GPU.

Just add some cheap DDR3 RAM, a HDD, DVD/BRD player and a case and your set.
Most of these boards have a PCI-e slot so you could add a TV tuner if you wanted.

I like WMC for my interface. Very simple and straight forward for anyone to use.
My wife figured it out (and is a technophobe), as did my son at 4 years old and my mom at 70.
Edited by blupupher - 1/25/12 at 11:49am
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post

You could use a AMD E-350 APU and not even need a seperate GPU.

Just add some cheap DDR3 1333 RAM, a HDD, DVD/BRD player and a case and your set.
Most of these boards have a PCI-e slot so you could ad a TV tuner if you wanted.

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i think it would be mroe efficient with LIano apu... thoses have great onboard video ( ex: a6 3500 have HD 6530D onboard... could play many games even... it's cheapo)

An fm1 board is 70-80ish $ and a6 is like 95$. would do the job forever is well cleaned each 1-2 months =D ( don't want it to overheat)


And yeah for apu solution case-psu bundle is pretty great as this kind of htpc doesn't draw anything over 120w on huge load.
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i think it would be mroe efficient with LIano apu... thoses have great onboard video ( ex: a6 3500 have HD 6530D onboard... could play many games even... it's cheapo)
An fm1 board is 70-80ish $ and a6 is like 95$. would do the job forever is well cleaned each 1-2 months =D ( don't want it to overheat)
And yeah for apu solution case-psu bundle is pretty great as this kind of htpc doesn't draw anything over 120w on huge load.

Probably more like no more than 60w.

My HTPC with a dual core 45w AMD CPU, HD4350, 2 sticks of DDR3 ram, dvd drive and 1 HDD uses less than 80w.

Llano is a definite improvement over the e-350, but at almost 2x the cost with not much difference in performance (as a HTPC).
Edited by blupupher - 1/25/12 at 11:59am
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the a6 is 65w. so yeah maybe 100w at max...

What do you think? wich is better for them? e-350 or LIano A6??? Meh i'm gonna build an HTPC really soon with this apu and i find after a month of search that it's THE best bang for the buck performance apu for a long time use. As his parents won't change the computer really soon they should go with something better for future.


They probably have a crappy pc wich is like 5-6 eyars old or more.

ANYWAY. the only way to go is apu as they are pretty powerfull theses days and onboard gpu is really decent even for light games or 1080p movies ( if they do like them)_ both e-350 and A6 3500 would handle it)
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The e-350 is more practical for pure HTPC use. I doubt their will be anything in the next 5 years at least that it won't be able to handle.


I am probably going to be building a HTPC for my mom in a few months (she wants to get rid of satellite, but wants to still be able to record OTA shows) and I will more than likely build her a e-350 system.
Sad thing is the Hauppauge 2250 I plan on putting in it will be the single most expensive part of the build (2250 is $109, E-350 ~ $90, 4 gigs RAM $20, DVD Drive $20, Case and PSU ~ $70, HDD ~ 80 (hopefully less by that time)).
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Thanks guys, youve been really helpful so far!
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