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I didn't want to experiment with one of those business rigs with a build that I woulden't be using. Building a new comp seemed like the best way to go in this case. And with this case he will have more upgrade options down the line if he wants to add more HDD's or a video card.
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I didn't want to experiment with one of those business rigs with a build that I woulden't be using. Building a new comp seemed like the best way to go in this case. And with this case he will have more upgrade options down the line if he wants to add more HDD's or a video card.

Does your friend really need a DVD optical drive? Who even uses those these days? I'd guess if he wanted an optical drive he'd want it to be Blu-Ray?

And that keyboard and mouse combo? Can't you just look around your, or a relative's closet? Who doesn't have a cheapo rubber dome and cheapo mouse laying around?

Anyway, if your friend want to option of adding a half decent gpu in the future, you'll want a nicer PSU, I also changed the case to something nicer and smaller, more suitable as a HTPC.

Anyway here are the changes I made:

With the imo useless KB&M and optical drive: build1 (Click to show)
Without useless items: build2 (Click to show)
post #13 of 16
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So, one pitfall that hasn't been mentioned yet is 4k decoding support. It's enough to choke a quad core, so you'll want something that can handle this in hardware. Skylake intel integrated graphics, Nvidia Pascal, or AMD Polaris and newer all support this. The 3rd gen i5 listed in the first post will not, so you'd need to add a GPU.

That pentium system in your last post should do nicely. I had no idea that G4560 pentium chips were still so expensive or I would have sold mine a while ago.


EDIT: these prices are in CAD, that explains it.

My $50 Odroid-c2 can handle 4K 60Hz decoding pretty easily. consider something like that for your HTPC!
ODROID-C2 (pretty old now, probably a newer better version) has a dedicated video decoder capable of X265, X264, other common formats, plus it handles up to 4K 60Hz smile.gif.
Whack Odrobian on there, install Kodi, bam, $40 HTPC.
** No good if you want to do web browsing, but fine if you are just wanting to play local media and stream.
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Does your friend really need a DVD optical drive? Who even uses those these days? I'd guess if he wanted an optical drive he'd want it to be Blu-Ray?
only if he/she has lots of DVDs. I'm an opera fan and have accumulated a lot of nice DVDs over the years so my HTPC has an optical drive. The only issue is that lots of newer cases don't have a bay for an OD. I just changed my system a little and found that Fractal Design Core 500 to be a good choice. It also fits exactly on this nice end table: https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/andover-mills-aldan-end-table-ando7880.html
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My $50 Odroid-c2 can handle 4K 60Hz decoding pretty easily. consider something like that for your HTPC!
ODROID-C2 (pretty old now, probably a newer better version) has a dedicated video decoder capable of X265, X264, other common formats, plus it handles up to 4K 60Hz smile.gif.
Whack Odrobian on there, install Kodi, bam, $40 HTPC.
** No good if you want to do web browsing, but fine if you are just wanting to play local media and stream.

If going down this route. Just get a Fire TV Stick, or the new Fire TV 4k Dongle.

Atleast this way you get the best Streaming apps too, as well as being able to sideload KODI.


As you are not going to get 4k Netflix on the ODROID.
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3x 640 WD blacks Raid 0 Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 512GB SSD Sandisk 1TB SSD Samsung 470 Series 128GB SSD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
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PowerCaseMouseAudio
TX850 HAF922 Logitech G502 Creative Sound Blaster Z  
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Elac B6 & Dayton Audio SUB-800 Yamaha HTR-5790 Audio Technica ATH-A700 headphones 
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Q9550 @ 4GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3P GTX470 4GB OCZ Reaper 1150mhz 
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If going down this route. Just get a Fire TV Stick, or the new Fire TV 4k Dongle.

Atleast this way you get the best Streaming apps too, as well as being able to sideload KODI.


As you are not going to get 4k Netflix on the ODROID.

Yeah tru, fire tv sticks are all good, can whack kodi on there, setting my dad up with one shortly.
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