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I just moved and was setting up a new home theater and bought a 51" Samsung plasma HDTV. I wanted a new build that I could use as a HTPC (big things I wanted were Blu-Ray playback and some decent storage) and also use to play some games on my new big TV.

I went with the A8-5600K because of the reviews that they can handle 1080 video capably on their own with out a discrete graphics card, being able to overclock a little for the light gaming I do and the price. I paired it with the Radeon HD 6670 as it is the highest card you can use the dual graphics feature of the APU.

I went with the SSD to boot and play games from since I don't play that many and I wouldn't be switching them out very often and the 1.5TB HDD is obviously for my media storage.

I went with the Fractal Design case as I wanted something with decent airflow to keep my HTPC cool and quiet while being unobtrusive and simple. Some minor notes about the case are that it is a tight fit for larger micro-ATX boards (I originally had gotten an MSI board that fit very well but was DOA and upgraded to the ASUS which was a tight squeeze), taller CPU coolers will not fit, USB ports and power/reset switches are on the side of the case no the front or top and the power LED is bright enough to blind you from about a mile away. I had some black duct tape that I cut a small square from and placed over the LED which dimmed it but is still very clearly visible.

Overall I have been very happy with the performance so far as it effortlessly play Blu-Rays and I can play Far Cry 3 (which came with the SSD) on Very High with no issues and Skyrim on High which is perfectly fine with me as I will be building a more dedicated gaming build in the near future that will probably go into this case and I will transfer the guts of this build into a Fractal Design Node.

For those who are building an HTPC I would recommend the Logitech K400 keyboard with it since it has a built in touch pad, is fairly small, and has a power button to put the computer to sleep/wake up (and it was $29.99 on Amazon with shipping). I wouldn't recommend it for gaming though, I just use a wireless 360 controller.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice of parts! If you want to speed up your system some, you could look into OCing your RAM for better performance.

Also, you'll want to tidy up your cable management so you don't have cables going across your mobo and HSF, which will affect your airflow negatively.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I did do some work on the cables after these photos were taken. If you look closely, the HDD is not there because it had to be replaced so I had to undo a lot of my previous work to get it out since the case is pretty small.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I didn't want to nag on your cable management too much because I didn't know how much room you had to play with in your case.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, you can go with 1333 MHz. It is literally not a small difference to 1866 like 1 fps but +1 for build!

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice Build! (although you may want to look for faster ram in the future if you find that the games you play don't perform as well as they should)

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  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Right, because why spend extra when higher speeds are just a few clicks away?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention that I do have my ram OC'ed to 1866