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I have not built an AMD rig, yet. I have always built Intel rigs. The last i5 4670K HTPC build I did was an epic fail and I sent all of the components back. I now would like to venture in the AMD side of CPUs. I read that they are pretty good for HTPCs.

What do you think about this build?

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+/FM2 A88X
AMD A10-7700K APU AD770KXBJABOX (maybe even the 7850K)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600
Cooler Master Elite 110
Corsair CX Series 430 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze
120 GB Kingston SSD

Like I said, I haven't built an AMD rig, yet, but there is a fist time for everything. The CPU/APU may be a bit overkill, but I will be streaming to multiple TVs on my network (possibly at the same time) and may just engage in some light gaming.

What do you think?

Thank you in advance for your help, suggestions and advice.

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You might want to check if that board comes with the updated bios , otherwise you need the 5xx/6xx apus to flash it.
Also the Kingston v300s aren't the best out there, they got into a bit of trouble for baiting and switching, if your going for the Hyper-x that´s ok.
Other than that , looks good.
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A10 7850k,2133mhz ram And a better ssd
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A10 7850k,2133mhz ram And a better ssd

I would agree, but a 7850k is ~$175 here in the US, and 2133Mhz RAM is quite expensive as well... that kind of money would get you a haswell i3 and a 750/750 TI. DDR3 1866/1600 and a 7770k are much cheaper.

AMD is great for HTPCs if you run Windows (which I recommend), linux can be a little finicky (though it still works well enough).

There's nothing wrong with the Kingston HyperX SSDs tongue.gif

EDIT: Also, the CX430 isn't a very good PSU.

EDIT2: Also also, I hate cube cases tongue.gif. Personally I'd prefer something flat like a CM Elite 361 or a Silverstone Grandia.
Edited by brucethemoose - 4/28/14 at 9:49am
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Go higher speed on the RAM if you're not going to use a dGPU. Everything else is neat. smile.gif
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Why does everyone keep saying faster ram , those sports will do 1866 @ 10/11/11/28 or 2133 @ 11/12/12/30/1T They´re not too shabby at all.

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/crucial-ballistix-sport-series-8gb-kit-4gbx2-ddr3-pc3-12800-1600mhz/5/
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Be very careful what memory modules you select, any peripherals surrounding cpu-memory are quite preferential. You have to find which are "dual-rank" memory modules: there have to be memory chips on both sides of each memory module. The benefit is going to be 60% superior HSA and 10% more gpu performance.
I also suggest you try out RadeonPro when you use this type of a cpu-gpu bandwidth racing system. The gpu is primary in AMD HUMA afaik; however the cpu is still the primary render target in current render order, so if you let them be, you are in for a really bad experience the faster your gpu renders. You cannot alleviate cpu bottleneck by taxing gpu any some higher setting because there is no benefit as the gpu is already at a high & efficient utilization. In the opposite end, the cpu is not the best end of the bargain. Unless you run Devastator PowerTune (shall we rather call it Anti-PowerTune) by "the Stilt", the standard digital monitoring of the chip will throttle the cpu once gpu consumption approaches 45+ watts overriding any other threshold.
Driver level countermeasures on frame rate remedy this by ruling out a race to available bandwidth scenario for both the cpu and the gpu. Just start the 3D game via RadeonPro while "dynamic frame rate" set according your preference - preferrably between any value between your current minimum up to your average fps. The frame times will steady and you won't notice variance any more, the chip temperature will also drop quite noticably.
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AMD is great for HTPCs if you run Windows (which I recommend), linux can be a little finicky (though it still works well enough).

This.

Only my main gaming rig runs intel now. I too was strictly intel until recently, now all of my machines are AMD except the one. They're solid for HTPC's and servers. However, 64-bit linux does NOT run properly on the SB950 chipset. I'm not sure if the board you're looking at has that, but it may affect other AMD chipsets as well.

I do have an AsRock E350M1 cpu/gpu/mobo combo that runs 64-bit debian without a hitch, so maybe it's just the SB950. Been running 218 days 24/7 without a hiccup.
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Thanks everyone for the replies.

Yeah, I really don't want to run a dGPU. That is why I was looking at the AMD options.

The CM Elite 361 looks like a pretty nice case. Can I set it on its side to give more of a HTPC feel?

Based on what I would like in my HTPC, or what I need for it to do, do you all have any other build suggestions? I don't really have a budget, but my wife would like for me to keep it as low as possible tongue.gif.

Thanks again!
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Computer addiction is like any other form of addiction that increase levels of "Delta Fos-Beta" in the brain when limited lifetime comes into question, believe me there are more satisfactory ones out there, rolleyes.gif like one in a lifetime experiences. That are unique. Computers are not.
Unless protein therapies specified against its accumulation(there are believe me) become widely available, you better cuddle than sequester yourself from society. You might become unempathic even towards yourself, too, if you take the red pill. The disease is sinister.tongue.gif
Just beware...
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