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Im considering a new low-budget HTPC build, mainly to watch videos, browse and some retro gaming(NES, SNES, N64, Atari, turbographix, PS1), but no demanding tasks. I dont know however what to put in my 1 PCI-E slot to get the most out of it.

So far Ive dicided on this:
mobo: ASUS F1A75-I(mini-ITX, socket FM1)
CPU: A4-3400
RAM: 2x2GB kingston hyper-x 1333MHz 7-7-7-20
SSD: OCZ agility 120GB
ODD: ASUS DRW-24B3ST
PSU: fractical design integra 400W
OS: win 7 64, or maybe linux(if I dare)
case: Lian Li PC-Q11B

If you have any sugestions it would be greatly apreciated as i have no experience with HTPC's. smile.gif
Edited by zoid.srg - 2/19/12 at 2:30pm
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Looks like a solid build! The only thing I can suggest is make sure you have a very quiet CPU cooler or else it's going to drive you nuts when you're watching a movie or listening to music. I'd also suggest a nice pci-e sound card for a better audio experience.
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Originally Posted by Farmer Boe View Post

I'd also suggest a nice pci-e sound card for a better audio experience.

You need to know what his sources / audio components are first. If he has a HDMI capable receiver you can not beat HDMI.
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TV: LG 32LD450N
SPEAKERS: LG HB45E
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Yup just make sure you have a toslink cable on hand to get the audio going, sound card will do nothing but restrict airflow and add more points of complication! I am not sure of Norway's television standards but how about a TV tuner (to use that pci-e slot) with Media-Portal as a front end? Or do you plan on running XBMC?
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I dont have TV. I never watch it anyways so I figured it to be unessesary to pay just to have it. Ofc. that may change one day, but at least not today tongue.gif

But your recomendation then is to leave the PCI-E slot empty? makes sence as there is minimal space in there smile.gif and I guess it will have a positive effect on cable management and airflow as well wink.gif
Edited by zoid.srg - 2/17/12 at 3:52pm
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Hmm have you decided on how to control the HTPC from your couch? If u plan to do some typing, etc have a look at the Rii or similiar trackpad/trackball + kb combos else maybe something like an imon remote biggrin.gif

edit actually your sound system
http://www.lg.com/uk/tv-audio-video/home-cinema/LG-HB45E.jsp
has blu ray playback capability so perhaps a snappy/smooth linux based HTPC with just a DVDRW optical drive? I have a client PC in my place running Ubuntu 11.04 + XBMC via sd card/usb using pendrivelinux and boy i love it biggrin.gif You may want to research XBMCbuntu, Openelec, etc if keen

Pics of my iPazzport tongue.gif
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Edited by trog - 2/17/12 at 9:16pm
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I was planing to use a wireless keayboard and mouse(logitech S520) I have laying around, used to use it on my laptop while it was connected to the TV. I think there is a remote controller that comes with the mobo as well. For emulator I'm using wireless x-box controllers.

updated the components in first post:
XFX pro-series core V2 450W psu -> Fractical Deisgn Integra 400W
Lite-On blueray/dvd reader -> ASUS DRW-24B3ST
A6-3500 -> A4-3400
CPU cooler -> stock(should be good enough for stock clocks)
saving ~500NOK(~100USD)
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If you want lower budget, I would drop the SSD. Do you plan on starting and stopping the system a lot? And if it's not doing a lot of hard tasks, won't really benfit from the uber read speeds of the ssd.
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Im not usualy a save kind'a guy tongue.gif I live by the motto "if its worth doing, I might as well do it properly"

The only reason Im "shaving" off those small amounts is simply because I wont need the extra power those particular parts suply in a build like this. I tend to turn off my computers when Im not using them, so I expect a lot of powering on and off. If I'll do this for this particular build depends on the power draw of this thing in idle.

Also, would it be possible to connect this to a external power brick? Im thinking about a different case atm. but it doesnt support a PSU or ODD(this would eliminate the posability of using it as a DVD player)
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