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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.75 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M PRO4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Silverstone ML04B HTPC Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Certified SFX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $326.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 17:33 EST-0500)

MATX Motherboard and the case to match.
Red Steel
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Blue Butterfly
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T >STOCK< Asus CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z EVGA GTX770 SC Avexir Core Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 ... 
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Seagate 250GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 720... SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD320KJ 320GB 7200 R... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 720... 
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Lightscribe DVD/RW Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in Push/Pull Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Phillips 32" LCD Flatscreen @ 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky DK1008 w/ Cherry MX Bkack Switches Corsair CX750M HAF 922 Custom Painted Logitech G502 Proteus Core 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Ratpadz XT EACH G2000 Lamptron FC6 Fan Controller 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 Asus R7 260X OC 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DD... 
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>>320GB with a 1TB External<< >>DVD/RW<< Xigmatek Dark Night  >>Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit<< 
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>>22" Westinghouse WS<< CM Storm Devastator MB24 >>Antec 902 w/ Blue LED Fans<< CM Storm Devastator MS2K 
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Red Steel
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Blue Butterfly
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T >STOCK< Asus CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z EVGA GTX770 SC Avexir Core Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 250GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 720... SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD320KJ 320GB 7200 R... Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 720... 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Lightscribe DVD/RW Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in Push/Pull Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Phillips 32" LCD Flatscreen @ 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky DK1008 w/ Cherry MX Bkack Switches Corsair CX750M HAF 922 Custom Painted Logitech G502 Proteus Core 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Ratpadz XT EACH G2000 Lamptron FC6 Fan Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 Asus R7 260X OC 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DD... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
>>320GB with a 1TB External<< >>DVD/RW<< Xigmatek Dark Night  >>Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit<< 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
>>22" Westinghouse WS<< CM Storm Devastator MB24 >>Antec 902 w/ Blue LED Fans<< CM Storm Devastator MS2K 
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post #12 of 17
I've built three HTPCs recently for myself and family members all using the i3 3225 CPU. It works just fine with integrated Intel HD graphics outputting to 1080i. If you are just building an HTPC with no gaming intended this works fine with just 4GB RAM. All my builds are m-ITX with the Gigabyte H77N WiFi MoBo. I stream Neflix and Amazon Prime through WiFi and have not encountered any problems at all. I've read that the new Haswell Pentium CPUs are perfectly fine for HTPC and may try one in the future but have no current experience with them. AMD may be a little cheaper but I'm an Intel stockholder so I have to support the company!biggrin.gif
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Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
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256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
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500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
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Photo Editing PC
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Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
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Logitech K-400 Seasonic G360 Lian Li PC Q-27B 
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post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Alan G View Post

I've built three HTPCs recently for myself and family members all using the i3 3225 CPU. It works just fine with integrated Intel HD graphics outputting to 1080i. If you are just building an HTPC with no gaming intended this works fine with just 4GB RAM. All my builds are m-ITX with the Gigabyte H77N WiFi MoBo. I stream Neflix and Amazon Prime through WiFi and have not encountered any problems at all. I've read that the new Haswell Pentium CPUs are perfectly fine for HTPC and may try one in the future but have no current experience with them. AMD may be a little cheaper but I'm an Intel stockholder so I have to support the company!biggrin.gif

I can do software decoding with my Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz. So yeah, even a celeron or Pentium, just so long as its a dual core, should do just fine really. And yeah, 4GB RAM is minimum, but honestly you don't need more than that.

The e300 the OP has, honestly just isn't up to par. Even with a good GPU, it will still struggle because that CPU is so incredibly low end. Any good dual core will do the job fine though.
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 Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) 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 
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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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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 Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) 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 #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

The e300 the OP has, honestly just isn't up to par. Even with a good GPU, it will still struggle because that CPU is so incredibly low end. Any good dual core will do the job fine though.

That cpu is a ridiculous piece of slowness. I can only play youtube without any stutter when it's using the XBMC plugin, which uses hardware accelerated video with the onboard gpu. I can even get 720P youtube playing just fine but only with xbmc. Linux ran fine until you wanted to play videos, that's where the lack of AMD drivers killed linux.
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I thought the e350 would play 1080p fine as long as you run it under Linux using VDPAU, dones't mean anything else you want to do would be fast though.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 8320 Asus m5a99fx pro EVGA 660ti  Gskill 8GB F3-1600C9-8GXM x2 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GB x2 OCZ Agility 3 Sasmsung 840 EVO Western Digital Caviar Blue 
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Seagate 500gb Asus DRW-24B1ST Asus BC-12B1ST cool master hyper 212 evo 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro x64 Arch  Asus 23" VH238 Asus 23" VH238H 
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Corsair CX600M Fractal Design Define R5  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i3 6100 Asus Z170M-Plus something 16gb DDR4 Western Digital 500GB 
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GB x2 OCZ Agility 3 Sasmsung 840 EVO Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 500gb Asus DRW-24B1ST Asus BC-12B1ST cool master hyper 212 evo 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro x64 Arch  Asus 23" VH238 Asus 23" VH238H 
PowerCase
Corsair CX600M Fractal Design Define R5  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i3 6100 Asus Z170M-Plus something 16gb DDR4 Western Digital 500GB 
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post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cones View Post

I thought the e350 would play 1080p fine as long as you run it under Linux using VDPAU, dones't mean anything else you want to do would be fast though.

I have trouble playing 720P with DTS audio even on windows with the up to date AMD drivers for hardware acceleration. XBMC will buffer and buffer and buffer all the time with some of the content I have, especially 1080P.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post

Or this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.75 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M PRO4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Silverstone ML04B HTPC Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Certified SFX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $326.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 17:33 EST-0500)

MATX Motherboard and the case to match.

Just purchased most of that order, only difference I went with a different PSU so I could have some modularity since the case is tight where the PSU mounts.

Will be posting pictures of the build once it's complete.
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