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I'm getting ready to buy two HTPC's soon. First one is a 1080p light gaming rig (only will be used with controllers). Other is JUST for movie watching.

I also need assistance on how to get wireless controllers on the main one. I'd prefer XBox controllers, but I only know of wired ones that work.

Anyway, here's the builds:

HTPC01:
Silverstone Sugo SG05BB Case
Seasonic SFX 350w PSU
Kingston Hyper X DDR3 1600 (8GB)
ASRock H61 Motherboard Mini ITX
Core i3 3240
WD Scorpio Blue 2.5" 1TB
Sapphire 7870 Dual X

HTPC02:
Silverstone PT12B Black Mini ITX HTPC Case
Celeron G1610
WD Scorpio Blue 320GB
Team 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1333 SODIMM
Intel DH61AG Motherboard
Universal 120w Laptop PSU
Intel Low Profile Heatsink

Anything look incompatible? How about anything I can go cheaper on, but still have good quality? I'm still curious about the APU setups. I could save a lot of money by going with an A10 with HD8670 onboard graphics instead of the i3 + 7870. But will that play games okay at 1080p? I'm currently running a 939 dual core at 2.0GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 7750 for the main HTPC, and it does okay....but GRiD 2 performance could be a LOT better (23 FPS bottomed out).

And I still have no idea how to setup two controllers on a computer. confused.gif

Help on finalizing my lists?
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Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
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Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
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NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
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Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
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Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
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Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
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60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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Junkyard
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HTPC01
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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As for controllers, either the program your using will let you do it, or I used to use Xpadder. And what games are you aiming at? I've heard good things about the APUs, but at some point they have their limits.
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That memory(first build) is 1.65v, here's a combo with your current GPU that'll be cheaper and have lower voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1378605

On that second build, you can get a drive for twice the size and only $10 more, by using promo code EMCXNWM62.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178390
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Originally Posted by Silvos00 View Post

As for controllers, either the program your using will let you do it, or I used to use Xpadder. And what games are you aiming at? I've heard good things about the APUs, but at some point they have their limits.

Most demanding game will by Skyrim and GRiD 2. I'm also not "needing" to 100% max out everything either. My current rig with a 7750 does the job fine except GRiD 2 (which gets 23 FPS average). I would like max settings without AA and at least 30 FPS on average (and no really large dips in frames). Don't NEED max settings, but it would be nice. Again, I only shoot for 30 FPS. It's a TV with a controller.

What controllers would be recommended? I'm using one wired XBox controller and its excellent. But I can't figure out how to get a wireless one to work.

What about the final parts list? Anything that can be cheaper? I've got $1000 budget in total, at a 100% maximum for both rigs. I'm already sold on the second one (I really love that tiny case).
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Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

That memory(first build) is 1.65v, here's a combo with your current GPU that'll be cheaper and have lower voltage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1378605

On that second build, you can get a drive for twice the size and only $10 more, by using promo code EMCXNWM62.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178390

The second build will ONLY be playing movies. A 32GB drive would honestly be fine. I just chose the cheapest SATA 2.5" drive I could find for that one.
Junkyard
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NAStradamous
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HTPC01
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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post #5 of 6
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Bump?
Junkyard
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NAStradamous
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HTPC01
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP OCN Ducky MX Blue PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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post #6 of 6
Well, new day new deals, now I'd change the RAM to this, lol.

RAM($51) - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

Not a lot we can change, due to the nature of the form factor.

You could change the motherboard/cpu to these, but that's up to you.

FM2 Integrated is not powerful enough for 1080p gaming, it's more geared to 720p gaming.

CPU($85) - AMD Athlon X4 750K Trinity 3.4GHz Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113328

Motherboard($100) - ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157357

*edit* should be noted that the above CPU can be overclocked to 3.8-4.0ghz on stock cooler, for what it's worth.
Edited by Alanim - 7/25/13 at 2:46pm
My Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A8-5600k BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 HD 7560D Integrated GPU Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard Drive
TOSHIBA P300 HDWD110XZSTA 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A8-5600k BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 HD 7560D Integrated GPU Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard Drive
TOSHIBA P300 HDWD110XZSTA 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 
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