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Under $400 HTPC Build

by AKMconspiracy

10
12 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

2.9GHz

Description

tack on another $80-100 if you plan to purchase windows OS, and an extra $40 if you prefer a blueray drive (i own a PS3, so no need)

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Gizmosis350k 3 points 27 months ago

dat apu hax

Vidar2 1 point 27 months ago

what psu is that? It doesn't say on Newegg.

Otherwise great build.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

It's a built in Apevia PSU. (look at the parts)

Vidar2 1 point 27 months ago

Ehh, newegg didn't say. Maybe i skipped it. That was my guess though.

FokMaster 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

do you need an wireless adapter for an htpc if you have no ethernet cable long enough?

AKMconspiracy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

after i mount the tv & shelf on the wall, this will be wired into the wireless router so it will be on the home network for DLNA-n-stuff.

basically with the setup i'm going with i could get by with a 1ft ethernet cable... i'll definitely post pictures after everything is setup

edman545 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I bought this same case about 18 months ago. The PSU died right about a year into it. The voltage was all over the place on the 2nd rail. The system started crashing all the time. Not great for a HTPC that is supposed to be recording my wife's shows. Based on my experience, I would recommend replacing it at the earliest convenience.

Apevia support wouldn't do anything about it, even after emailing them a picture of the power supply tester showing the 2nd rail voltage was off.

It was fine for a while, but I wouldn't count on it long term.

420swagyolo 1 point 27 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz4gx3m2a1600c9

Could've saved $10 on the RAM, and gotten it from a more trusted manufacturer. Also, could've gone down to DDR3-1333, but DDR3-1333 is sometimes a bit more expensive lol

Other than that, $10 isn't a big deal at all, it's just an HTPC, very nice job choosing the parts!

jasher11 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

when using an APU the faster the ram the better as the APU uses the ram as vram

420swagyolo 2 points 27 months ago

an A8 can handle everything an HTPC does, even with DDR3-1333.

It wouldn't really matter, unless he's gaming on it, and he didn't say he was.

jasher11 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

oh right okay i just heard it from teksyndicate, but yeah your probs right :)

420swagyolo 1 point 27 months ago

No. You're right.

The APU's GPU will function a lot better with higher clocked RAM.

But it's already more than enough for an HTPC.