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I'm building an HTPC soonish and would like to know what you think of what I have planned so far. If it will work fine, etc.

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7480D AD5300OKHJBOX
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT2G3D1609DS1S00
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

I plan to use it mainly as a DVR but would like to watch DVDs and maybe Blu-Rays with it as well. My TV is currently only 720p but it appears to be on it's last leg, so I'll probably upgrade to 1080p eventually. Miiiight game on it but probably not.

Also, could you recommend me a case for it? :x I prefer the STB style cases and would like at least enough room for 2 HDDs, but whatever works.

Any input at all is appreciated. Thank you. smile.gif
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Only case that comes in my mind right now is Silverstone Milo
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Yeah, that's actually the one I was looking at. XD I'll just add these then:

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

So is that APU good enough for what I want? Is it too much? Could I downgrade to Llano to save some money? Is the 300w enough? :x

Thanks.
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From your choices i can see you are on a tight budget .
300 watt is enough
if you go Liano you won't save any money . A quad core would be a little bit overkill , but better for future . If you could go with a A6-5600K would be go (this is just a personal preference) .
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Not really on a tight budget but am trying to keep it as cheap as possible. I decided to go with your suggestion of a 5600K because I'm a sucker for "future-proofing". I think I'm good now, but don't hesitate to throw any other suggestions or whatever at me. Thanks. smile.gif
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If you game on it, keep the APU, if you want to take out the ability to game, put a AMD E-350 in it instead. For what you listed, everything besides gaming will all be plenty on an E-350.
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An interesting twist there. Lol. So I could get something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173027

and an external TV tuner and do things for about 33% cheaper as well as have a much smaller form factor. Decisions... XD
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An interesting twist there. Lol. So I could get something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173027
and an external TV tuner and do things for about 33% cheaper as well as have a much smaller form factor. Decisions... XD

you could, or you can build it yourself and put a low profile tuner in it with your ITX form factor. tongue.gif

I recommened the Antec-ISK Case/PSU combo personally, it is a good quality PSU.
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i went through 2 of those motherboards from newegg finally returning it for a refund. No video output was working nor any USB ports worked, dam things wouldn't even POST.

I just ordered the BIOSTAR TA75MH2 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138367

If you do decide to go with the MSI keep a close eye on it.
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