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I've got a cart up on NE full of this stuff. I'm looking to build an HTPC that won't have any trouble with 1080p playback. Other than that, it will just be for browsing the web, nostalgia runs through Chrono Trigger and other 8/16 bit emulation fun. Standard stuff, nothing needing any real power. I've spent the day checking out reviews on all of this stuff, and I think I've got a good system put together. I'm letting the cart sit for a while while I think about the build, get some opinions from all y'all and make sure I want to drop this dough.

No SSD, yet. The box will be hooked into my gigabit network, so I can quickly pull media from any of the other servers or desktops as needed.

Anybody have experience with this keyboard?

What do you think about the components, keeping in mind the purpose of the rig? I've been using WD drives since I can remember. It was between this Samsung SpinPoint and the WD Caviar Black 500GB. Only real difference is a 32MB buffer on the WD versus 16MB on the Samsung. Increased buffer size provides diminishing returns on increases to IO performance, so I don't think that's much of an issue.

I'm pretty happy with what I've got so far. Just about $350 on the dot, minus the keyboard. Anything you would change?

**Updated**
Switched to gigabyte motherboard as recommended by toyz72. More features on this board, and gigabyte is a brand that I know and trust.
Switched to faster memory as recommended by xd 1771. Faster good. Bottleneck bad.
Both added about $10, bringing the total to around $375, not including the keyboard.

Edited by Sonar920 - 3/25/11 at 1:27am
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One thing's for sure: You aren't going to get full potential out of an SSD with that generic RAM
here's an equal suggestion from yours truly:
Athlon II x2 250 - $61 shippped
AsRock 880G Mobo - $63 shipped
Team XTreem 2x2GB 1600 CL9 RAM - $45
Samsung F3 500GB - $45 @ SuperBiiz
Stay with the Rosewill Slim Case - $55 shipped
This other Lite-ON 4X BD-ROM - $55 shipped

Total: $324. $26 saved, better parts or equivalent for cheaper
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One thing's for sure: You aren't going to get full potential out of an SSD with that generic RAM
here's an equal suggestion from yours truly:
Athlon II x2 250 - $61 shippped
AsRock 880G Mobo - $63 shipped
Team XTreem 2x2GB 1600 CL9 RAM - $45
Samsung F3 500GB - $45 @ SuperBiiz
Stay with the Rosewill Slim Case - $55 shipped
This other Lite-ON 4X BD-ROM - $55 shipped

Total: $324. $26 saved, better parts or equivalent for cheaper
I'll have to think about the CPU. I'd be sacrificing ~333 MHz for $15.
The cheaper mb would work, but it lacks USB 3.0.
Thanks for the tip on the HDD.
I'm not entirely sure, but I think the BD-ROM you recommended is the same drive with an older firmware, for the same price. -06 versus the -08 in my cart.

G.SKILL is regarded as 'generic' these days!? Wow, I really haven't been keeping up with the build scene. Timings are identical on the G.SKILL kit and the kit you recommended. I've had good luck with other builds I've used G.SKILL with. I hope that doesn't change.

I've seen the Rosewill case at a local computer shack, and I'm looking forward to it. I'll end up painting the front bezel and optical/floppy covers some sort of flat or semi-gloss black. I'm not a fan of super shiny. I'm glad NE carries the other TFX power supply that rosewill makes to fit this case. My confidence in the 'Flex' ps that comes with it could be higher.

Much obliged.
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if ya got alittle extra, i would go with the gigabyte 880gma-ud2h. it's a great little board and it's not lacking anything. just a thought
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if ya got alittle extra, i would go with the gigabyte 880gma-ud2h. it's a great little board and it's not lacking anything. just a thought
Shweeeeet. I looked at Micro-ATX boards with those specs all afternoon and didn't run across that board. I've had nothing but good experiences with gigabyte boards. Well worth the extra $20 upgrade. Thanks.
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G.SKILL is regarded as 'generic' these days!?
Here we go again
It's not the memory brand guys, it's the speed/timings
1600Mhz CL9 is a decent ways up from generic 1333 CL9 in quality & performance..... RAM speed-performance ratio starts to dip below 1600Mhz on AMD, so I've found

Also.... overclock CPU?
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Here we go again
It's not the memory brand guys, it's the speed/timings
1600Mhz CL9 is a decent ways up from generic 1333 CL9 in quality & performance..... RAM speed-performance ratio starts to dip below 1600Mhz on AMD, so I've found

Also.... overclock CPU?
Oh, got ya. I misunderstood what you meant by generic. I also didn't see that was 1666 you posted vs the 1333 I've got. Since I'm not overclocking nor demanding huge performance from the machine, I think I'll be able to get away with 1333. The most demanding game I plan to load on this is NFS:MW, running a game engine from circa 2005. Other than that, HD video playback will be the hardest task I ask of it.

If I change my mind in the future, what do you think of this set? - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

EDIT: I changed to the above RAM. It would be foolish of me to risk a bottleneck with sub-par ram when the difference is only $10.

New cart:

Edited by Sonar920 - 3/25/11 at 12:59am
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The Ripjaws are definitely real decent, but for $5 less the Team memory I suggested should overclock just about as well (unless you really prefer G.Skill over all)
For an SSD (which AFAIK you're planning to get) something with decent speed and/or timings would be a necessity to take full advantage.... I usually recommend more than just a 1600 CL9 kit for SSD operation, but otherwise it's still okay if you bump it down to CL8 maybe which can be done on most 1600 CL9 kits.
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