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I am working on getting the parts together for my HTPC and I was hoping to get some input. It will have to be capable of Blu-ray playback and streaming HD content. Additionally I want have the HTPC act as a file server so I can turn off my main rig when not in use. I already have 4x 1.5 TB hard drives that I am planning on using in raid 5 and a 32GB SSD for the OS. When I first got the SSD back in the day I was able to install Windows 7 on it but it doesn't leave much room but I feel like I don't need much as far as software. I have another copy of Win 7 Pro on the way as well since netflix is a must for me. I have a couple PSUs sitting around as well, if I remember correctly a 430W thermaltake and 500W OCZ.

Here are the parts I am looking at getting.

AMD A6-3500

Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H

2x4GB G.Skill Value Series DDR3 1333

LG Black 12X BD-R

Silverstone GD06B

Will a A6-3500 be powerful enough for what I want to do? I could step up to a 3650 but I like the lower TDP and price of the 3500. Ideally I would like to be able to have the ability to serve files while at the same time watching a bluray or streaming but I'm not sure if the CPU or the NIC would be the limiting factor in this. I'm hoping to get this figured out quickly since newegg has a $10 off promo code for the A6-3500 that is good until tomorrow night. If you have any other suggestions please let me know!
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Everything you have there will be more than sufficient!
     
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Everything looks good! Good choice on CPU and mobo! Gotta say though.. Man that case is expensive!!
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Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post

Everything looks good! Good choice on CPU and mobo! Gotta say though.. Man that case is expensive!!

Yeah, but the other HTPC cases for micro-ATX boards available on newegg that can hold 4 3.5" internal drives look pretty meh. I thought I remembered seeing a nice Lian-Li last time I looked but I don't see it now.
post #5 of 19
That 65watt a6 is PERFECT for what you want. You dont need the clock speed for htpc/file server, for the same reason you might buy 'green' drives
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Its more than enough, the only knock on Zacate/Brazos was the CPU isn't fast enough to handle Silverlight HD, which is what Netflix uses for streaming. If you don't watch Netflix then for most people E350 is cheap and uses almost no power, but can be used for low power gaming and console emulation. Also its a little slow for multitasking in a Desktop environment. I haven't had one to confirm this, but boot time with an SSD is a bit longer with E350 compared to a faster APU like the HD3xxx.

Silverstone cases look great, but you pay for it... I going to reuse my Antec Sonta III however, the new versions have front USB 3.0 ports.. Hmmmm.
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??? Hes not taking about the e-350, hes taking about the a6, witch is more then enough for netflix
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That 65watt a6 is PERFECT for what you want. You dont need the clock speed for htpc/file server, for the same reason you might buy 'green' drives

All 4 of my 1.5 TB drives are 5400RPM "green" drives thumb.gif

I think what he was trying to say is that if I did not need to stream Netflix I could probably get away with a E350 rather than using a A6-3500.
post #9 of 19
Ahh. Ok. Are those four drives raided?
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I had the same idea and thoughts that you do. But I haven't quite figure out how to fit 4x2TB hard drives in my Silverstone GD05B which is almost if not identical from the inside. I was able to mount 3 by having 2 hugged together, but they I was concerned about heat. Also I have a full 5770 graphics card which gives me less room.

My specs are:

AMD 960T @ 3Ghz unlocked to 6cores
ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ 880G SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0
Patriot low profile DD3 1600 1.5v
2xHitachi Desktars 7200rpm (Figuring how to mount/fit 2 more)
Asus 5770 (might replace for a 560 if I can't sell it)
Antec Neo Eco 620w
Samsung 12x Blu-Ray Rom


It works great for Blu-ray playback and Mid/high Gaming.

Yours will work great for for what you plan to do. I just have extra stuff since I want to have my wife game at some point with me. If you figure out how to mount 4x HDDs let me know how you did it.
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