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Hi all!


I posted in here some weeks ago wanting to know which media center to get, but with all that Cinavia cr*p, I decided to build my very first HTPC instead!

I will be putting Windows 7 and XBMC on it smile.gif


Anyway, the hardware will be as listed:

Case: Lian Li PC-Q07
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-ITX
CPU: AMD A6-3500 Tri-Core 2.10 Ghz.
RAM: 4Gb. Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 1600 Mhz.
SSD: Corsair Nova Series 2 30Gb.
PSU: FSP Fortron 300-60GHS 300W
Extra: Microsoft Xbox 360 Media Remote


This HTPC will only be used for streaming local content Blu-Ray 720p and 1080p movies. I might use it for YouTube when hosting a party.


Really can't change any of the hardware, nor am I willing to smile.gif


I can upload pictures, when I have bought everything, if it's of any interest?
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 4/2/12 at 5:11am
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sweet. so is this a build log?
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sweet. so is this a build log?

I can make it a build log smile.gif Only thing is that I'll probably not have the money for the parts untill May... Might work something out with the missus though.


But I really do look forward to it! I think the parts I have in mind are great for the purpose smile.gif
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me want some pics tongue.gif
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me want some pics tongue.gif

Pics will definitely come up, seeing as how people apparently love HTPC builds tongue.gif

I just don't quite know when the pictures will get up since I have no idea when I have the money for the parts... A little sad, but my girl might help me out. She's going to have to use it too afterall tongue.gif

But I can just throw in some stock pictures of the parts in mention:

CASE:

480

MOTHERBOARD:

400

CPU:

532

RAM:

450

SSD:

432

PSU:

338

REMOTE:

630




I might add a Blu-Ray ODD, but I already have an LG stand-alone Blu-Ray player, so I don't really know smile.gif Might add a different CPU cooler. I just saw the RAM where the wrong kind (DIMM 240-pin, not SO-DIMM 204-pin), so I changed it smile.gif
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 4/2/12 at 5:11am
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Hi all!
I posted in here some weeks ago wanting to know which media center to get, but with all that Cinavia cr*p, I decided to build my very first HTPC instead!
I will be putting Windows 7 and XBMC on it smile.gif
Anyway, the hardware will be as listed:
Case: Lian Li PC-Q07
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-ITX
CPU: AMD A6-3500 Tri-Core 2.10 Ghz.
RAM: 2x 2Gb. Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 1066 Mhz.
SSD: Corsair Nova Series 2 30Gb.
PSU: FSP Fortron 300-60GHS 300W
Extra: Microsoft Xbox 360 Media Remote
This HTPC will only be used for streaming local content Blu-Ray 720p and 1080p movies. I might use it for YouTube when hosting a party.
Really can't change any of the hardware, nor am I willing to smile.gif
I can upload pictures, when I have bought everything, if it's of any interest?

you have a APU build and a 1066 Mhz doh.gif you are wasting 80% of the APU's performance frown.gif
Edited by Tarun - 4/2/12 at 4:11am
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You should, if possible return that ram and get atleast 1600Mhz ram. APU's really like the increased ram speed.
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you have a APU build and a 1066 Mhz doh.gif you are wasting 80% of the APU's performance frown.gif
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Originally Posted by skylinecalvin View Post

You should, if possible return that ram and get atleast 1600Mhz ram. APU's really like the increased ram speed.

As I mentioned:

It is my very FIRST HTPC build, and I read somewhere that the A6-3500 would be a powerful little beast for such a system.

I have no idea how APUs work differently than a CPU, so bear with me wink.gif

1600 Mhz., you say? Might just get that then...


EDIT: Changed the RAM to 4 Gb. Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 1600 Mhz.
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 4/2/12 at 5:12am
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if no color scheme then get these 4GB kit or 8GB kit which ever suits your budget :thumb:dont go on the looks and the stock timings have a look here and this is the max I have seen HERE

Hope it helped thumb.gif
post #10 of 50
Because apus use system memory the gpu NEEDS as much bandwitdth as you can throw at at. Going from 1066 to 1600 would almost double perfromance. Also if i were you id get something a little less then corsair vengence and get 8gb instead of four.
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