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Super Budget HTPC

by st3


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I was getting tired of my WDTV Live not working properly, and I had a few parts kicking around. Some OCZ memory and the 430W PSU from another build. So why not create a 2nd HTPC! Tried to find a small case that would still fit a standard ATX power supply and the Milo did it! Picked a cheap Pentium and H87 board as I am not going to be overclocking, this is just for video playback. Found a refurbished 128GB M4 and threw in an old DVD-RW (why not!) It all went together with no problems although the cabling is pretty tight between the PSU and optical drive. Happy with the result!

Streaming everything from an 11TB media server built from my previous gaming PC.

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JdoubleG 3 points 45 months ago

What happened to AMD’s FM1 and FM2 APUs? Cheaper and better graphics.

Bones 6 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Nice and not a bad price for a HTPC.

Are you running external storage of some kind?

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah I have an 11TB media server which it will be streaming from :) I should probably put that in the description.

canders 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Looks nice. What are you using for an OS?

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I had a copy of Windows 7 I put on for now. I'm interested in the new Steam OS, I may give that a shot when it's released. Also, the standalone vesion of XBMC is another option.

GamingPcMaker 1 point 8 months ago

you can get a free windows 10. I don't know how, but look to YouTube

krazykiller 1 Build -2 points 49 months ago

Not that anyones reviewed it yet - but i wouldn't recommend steam os for this - i imagine it will just be valve trying to metaphorically shove all it's games down your throat, which, as this clearly isn't a gaming build, probably wouldn't be very good for you. If windows 7 is to slow then go for linux mint, it's lightweight and fast.

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I was thinking more of the streaming feature of SteamOS. Its supposed to allow you to run a game on your gaming PC (which I have) and stream it over a local network to a box running SteamOS. Might be fun to try out.

krazykiller 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Fair enough, there's no harm in trying.

Bluesmurph 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

This is exactly what I plan on dooing. My build is around $230-$280 (still trying to decide on parts) and I am just holding out till Steam OS is released so I can see if my cheap build will be able to stream. I am hoping to build an HTPC that can replace my xbox 360 for netflix, hulu, and games in the living room (stream games from my good rig upstairs).

I am trying to figure out if I want to make it more for movie streaming or more for game steaming... idk. I guess I'll see how things turn out when they release more info on steam OS!

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

How's that pentium temps? I'm looking to put it in my friends new budget gaming pc.

cptncosmos 1 point 45 months ago

Can any regular optical drive+Psu fit in there? I have seen people complaining that it was hard/impossible to fit both.

st3 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

The PSU is 140mm long and the optical drive is 170mm and they just fit. I also had a 180mm optical drive that would not fit. If you want to use a larger 170mm or 180mm PSU, you cant have the optical drive.

cptncosmos 1 point 45 months ago

Thank you very much for the info. As you seem to have put some thought into the SteamOS streaming option I would like to know if you found any info on cpu requirements for this option. I was thinking of something like an i3-4130 (I have no clue what I'm doing) but the G3220 seems to have similar processing power for a fraction of the price.

st3 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Check out this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIL71Q6eJ2Y&feature=c4-overview&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw

Seems like either the i3 or the Pentium shouldnt have a problem with game streaming, its more important to have a reliable wired network connection.


cptncosmos 1 point 45 months ago

Great. Thank you again for your help.


guitargod1174 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

the case looks awesome! good job.

Biernot 2 Builds -1 points 49 months ago

Going with AMD probably would have been the better option:

  • AMD A4-5300 for $50 CAD
  • MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 for $60 CAD

But other than that: Nice build for the purpose.

Biernot 2 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

What is that link supposed to say? Both processors have about the same performance (those minor differences are negligible for the purpose), but the AMD with the corresponding motherboard is a good deal cheaper.

Also please avoid sites like cpuboss. Their data ranges from meaningless to not-real-world to outright false.

I_Luv_Cheetos -2 points 49 months ago

I usually just use CPUBoss for the benchmarks which show that the pentium faster but the A4 would really be the better budget HTPC setup

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