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CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $479.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 11:48 EDT-0400)

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CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool M40-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($88.57 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.01 @ Amazon)
Total: $491.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 11:43 EDT-0400)

Want to do a htpc for when i head back to uni this fall. Media streaming is the only real goal of this, no gaming. Just digital content playback, movies/music. Would like to trim the build down to sub $400 but don't want to skip on performance by doing it. Will be running xbmc in it. Suggestions? Am i at least on the right track with this build?

edit - Also, how does everyone feel about these adata and sandisk ssds? just to use as a boot drive for the htpc, good enough or should I go OCZ/Crucial/Intel/Samsung?
Edited by xRehab - 6/16/13 at 8:49am
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You could probably save a bit by using a B75 motherboard, I would also recommend using 5400RPM drives because they're a little quieter.

I've heard a lot of bad talk about Corsair's Builder Series, systems not shutting down, systems not booting et cetera. A safer bet would be something cheap from Antec or possibly Silverstone. You'll most likely be able to get a unit for a similar price.
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Originally Posted by JoshHunter View Post

You could probably save a bit by using a B75 motherboard, I would also recommend using 5400RPM drives because they're a little quieter.

I've heard a lot of bad talk about Corsair's Builder Series, systems not shutting down, systems not booting et cetera. A safer bet would be something cheap from Antec or possibly Silverstone. You'll most likely be able to get a unit for a similar price.
So do you feel the g2020 is strong enough to push 1080p and good quality sound without a problem? That is my one real big dilema, since I have seen a lot of builds in this price range suggest going with a trinity APU instead.

Something kind of like this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool M40-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($88.57 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.01 @ Amazon)
Total: $491.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 11:38 EDT-0400)

I know I bumped price up a bit but I got a nice ssd in there for a boot drive now, still going to try and trim fat where I can and see if I can bring it back down to $450
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You showed that one of your parts was from microcenter correct? If so, then you can also buy your CPU and mobo from them.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx The A6 6400K with the MSi mini ITX mobo is 125 bucks. I repeat....MINI ITX for 125 bucks.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163231 . This case is nice and small. When you go back to university, it will take up very little space (the prodigy is too big for a HTPC IMO). Plus it is super cheap (40 bucks) with awesome build quality thumb.gif

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318 This is a little bit more expensive than what you picked out, but it is low voltage so there will be less power draw from the wall which is always nice if you have to pay for electricity. It won't make a massive difference, but when your in college, every penny counts.

SSD: Your SSD is fine. There are some people selling SSDs in the OCN market place. It might be worth a look.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844&nm_mc=EMC-EXPRESS061513&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS061513-_-EMC-061513-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22148844-L01A This hard drive is faster than the one you chose and if you enter the promo code EMCYTZT3593 you will get 25 bucks off for a total of 110 bucks. WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! The deal ends tonight at 12PM.

PSU: This is where I am going to have to go with something more expensive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256084 . As you can see, this PSU is a shortened down and fully modular so that you can fit it in tiny ITX cases to give you more room and flexibility with cable management. This PSU is a must for ITX cases IMO.

Without tax or anything I am coming up with 455. I forgot the tax rate for ohio, but I seem to recall it being below 7%. So maybe 465 after everything is factored in? If you want to stay cheap, and are willing to fiddle with a larger PSU, then newegg has sales all the time on the corsair CX430. Sometimes even as low as 20 bucks after rebate.

Improvements over your previous build: Slightly cheaper, faster, and smaller.
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You showed that one of your parts was from microcenter correct? If so, then you can also buy your CPU and mobo from them.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx The A6 6400K with the MSi mini ITX mobo is 125 bucks. I repeat....MINI ITX for 125 bucks.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163231 . This case is nice and small. When you go back to university, it will take up very little space (the prodigy is too big for a HTPC IMO). Plus it is super cheap (40 bucks) with awesome build quality thumb.gif

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318 This is a little bit more expensive than what you picked out, but it is low voltage so there will be less power draw from the wall which is always nice if you have to pay for electricity. It won't make a massive difference, but when your in college, every penny counts.

SSD: Your SSD is fine. There are some people selling SSDs in the OCN market place. It might be worth a look.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844&nm_mc=EMC-EXPRESS061513&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS061513-_-EMC-061513-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22148844-L01A This hard drive is faster than the one you chose and if you enter the promo code EMCYTZT3593 you will get 25 bucks off for a total of 110 bucks. WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! The deal ends tonight at 12PM.

PSU: This is where I am going to have to go with something more expensive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256084 . As you can see, this PSU is a shortened down and fully modular so that you can fit it in tiny ITX cases to give you more room and flexibility with cable management. This PSU is a must for ITX cases IMO.

Without tax or anything I am coming up with 455. I forgot the tax rate for ohio, but I seem to recall it being below 7%. So maybe 465 after everything is factored in? If you want to stay cheap, and are willing to fiddle with a larger PSU, then newegg has sales all the time on the corsair CX430. Sometimes even as low as 20 bucks after rebate.

Improvements over your previous build: Slightly cheaper, faster, and smaller.
Actually had that RAM in a different build but tried to save on initial costs. I actually planned on using a SeaSonic Gold PSU I found for the efficiency, only $10 more. What are your thoughts on Sandisk SSDs? I found a 32gb one for $40 that would help cut costs, but I don't know too much about their quality. Also, love the case you found but it doesn't show up in PCpartpicker. Might have to browse newegg and see what else isn't listed.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Other: AMD 6400k with MSI mITX ($124.98)
Other: SilverStone mITX Case ($39.99)
Total: $449.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 16:40 EDT-0400)
Edited by xRehab - 6/16/13 at 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by xRehab View Post

Actually had that RAM in a different build but tried to save on initial costs. I actually planned on using a SeaSonic Gold PSU I found for the efficiency, only $10 more. What are your thoughts on Sandisk SSDs? I found a 32gb one for $40 that would help cut costs, but I don't know too much about their quality. Also, love the case you found but it doesn't show up in PCpartpicker. Might have to browse newegg and see what else isn't listed.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Other: AMD 6400k with MSI mITX ($124.98)
Other: SilverStone mITX Case ($39.99)
Total: $449.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 16:40 EDT-0400)

Sandisk is fine. It won't explode or anything. The agility 3 would be my drive of preference, but sandisk is still pretty reliable.
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