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by Abuilder
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Basically this a build I did for my family. It's main purpose is to serve as a Blu-ray player/server for storing pictures, movies, documents, etc. from anywhere.

Overall, it's pretty decent. It only took three hours to build. The only problems I ran into is that the case was a little bigger and louder than expected and that the ODD was supposed to come with PowerDVD, so I could actually play Blu-ray. I contacted Newegg about the problem and they said that some come with it and some don't. . .

Yeah, so that's about it.

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate2.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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EdTheTech [1 Build] 3 points 26 months ago

Looks great. What kind of TV do you have this hooked up to? And have you tested any blue ray movies on it yet?

Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

It's hooked up to a 42 inch 1080p TV. I haven't tested any Blu-rays on it yet, but Netflix looks great in 1080p.

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Graphene 3 points 26 months ago

should've gone with 1866 memory, AMD's APUs run off the system ram and the integrated GPU needs high speed ram, which is why graphics cards these days can have 6GHz GDDR5 ram. The rest looks really good.

rjc34 2 points 26 months ago

While the 1866 (or even better, 2133) memory would be ideal if this were being used for gaming, it's going to be used for media playback and serving, thus the DDR3-1600 is more than sufficient.

Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 26 months ago


Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

Criticism and comments are much appreciated.

pc_noob [1 Build] 2 points 26 months ago

Nice :)

mikem243 [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

How is that k400 keyboard working out for you? I have been thinking of getting one. I have one from a brand called Siig and hate it.

Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

It's pretty nice. Very light-weight. Although, it seems to sometimes have problems with dragging stuff across the screen (holding down the mouse button and moving the cursor simultaneously).

I'd recommend it.

erfans [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

How's the battery life on this? I know this keyboard cannot be charged but what happens when the battery dies. How much does it cost to replace?

wall_time 1 point 22 months ago

The keyboard uses 2 AA batteries. I can't comment on battery life just yet as I have only had mine about 3 weeks. Good so far.

Invictus350 [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

"some come with it and some dont" thats umm...

So they going to send it or not?

Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

Apparently not. They just said that it wasn't guaranteed. It really kinda sucks. . .

Now I have to actually buy something to playback Blu-ray. So, there goes another $50.

lutzee [4 Builds] 3 points 26 months ago

I believe VLC has the capability to play bluray disks (i mean, it supports playing the ripped versions so should play the disk itself, i think you will need these too I hope this helps!

Abuilder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks. I'll think about it. I just want the program to be nice and simple since my family is going to be using it.

rjc34 1 point 26 months ago

I haven't tried it, but apparently there is a workaround to get encrypted Blurays working in VLC right now.