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post #1 of 10 Old 11-14-2012, 06:53 PM - Thread Starter
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I havent built an htpc in many years, and I am not very good in this area. I just want to make sure everything is ok. I am going to purchase it from ncix canada since they will assemble it for me. I have a bluray drive already. Not sure if i could save money anywhere, I dont want to cut corners though and not be satisfied with performance. Its mainly for playing blurays, possibly 3d in the future i am not sure. I will be running xbmc with (aeon mq4 resource heavy skin) and tmt 5.



AMD A10-5700 APU Quad Core Processor Socket FM2 3.4GHZ 4MB 65W Retail Box

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=76832&vpn=AD5700OKHJBOX&manufacture=Others


ASRock FM2A75 PRO4-M mATX FM2 A75 Motherboard

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=76665&vpn=90-MXGMH0-A0UAYZ%20%28FM2A75%20Pro4-M%29&manufacture=ASRock


Corsair Nova Series 2 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 3GB/S Solid State Flash Drive SSD

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69633&vpn=CSSD-V60GB2A&manufacture=Corsair



Silverstone Sfx Series ST45SF 450W Power Supply Small Form Factor 24PIN PCI-E 36A 80+ Bronze Black

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53637&vpn=ST45SF&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology


Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42116&vpn=DM-387&manufacture=Apex%20Computer%20Technology&promoid=1469


Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1230
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I'm new to this myself, so hopefully someone else can chime in on your build. Personally I'd go with DDR3-1866 RAM if you're going with a Trinity APU. All the benchmarks I've seen indicate that 1866 provides a quite sizeable advantage over 1600 on Trinity.
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The only thing I question is the SSD you picked.
I would think you would be able to get a larger one for about the same price.

BTW, I have a 60gb in my XBMC HTPC and it is big enough so far, but I bought it before prices really fell.
It seems like the 120gb or 128gb SSD's are the sweet spot for price right now.

Also, what operating system are you looking at?
As much negative as Win 8 gets around here, it is working great with XBMC in my install.
It is also very inexpensive if you have an old win xp key to upgrade from.

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Flex ATX varies in size. Apex' looks TFX? Size comparison of SFX, Flex ATX, and TFX.

For Trinity, 275W is plenty enough.

Difference between DDR3-1866 and DDR3-1600 is very littlle in video playback. None in DXVA / EVR, slightly shorter rendering time in madVR.

I would go with A-DATA or Crucial m4 SSD, a bit pricier but perhaps worth it.
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Thanks for the opinions. I chose that other psu because others complained the one included was extremely loud, and I dont really want to disect open it up and replace it with a different fan. Im not sure what I should do with the psu, it is bothering me. That other one i linked to was suggested by someone helping on the forum. They said its the only one they carry that would fit the case.

Should I try the included psu and see how it is first? If i can save money i will.

I was looking at windows 8, but decided since i have set everything up on a windows 7 pc to try out in theory, and have it working, i would go with that. If im using the last tmt 5 with non cinavia as well, it only supports up to windows 7. They started windows 8 support with cinavia. I am also concerned with virtual clone drive mounting iso's over the network is not currently working with windows 8. Windows 7 sounds like the safest and best bet for me, but opinions would be appreciated.

I up in the air with windows 8, im concerned about the booting to metro, and from what I read their is very little performance increase? Even though it boots faster? And none of the metro apps are very remote friendly. I might regret it one day, but for now, I feel like it would be a step back. If i knew the last non cinavia version of tmt had no issues with 8, and virtual clone drove was fixed so it could mount an iso over the network, then i would consider it.
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The quickest, cheapest fix would be replace the stock fan in PSU by a quieter one: Simple PSU Fan Swap Technique. This would void warranty, but anyway the case is dirt cheap.
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The case is cheap, but I dont really want to spend much on it, its going to be hidden, and out of the way, my equipment is never on display.

I also find many better but more expensive cases are just to big and bulky.

I was looking at the nmedia 1080p, but i honestly liked the plain black look of the one above.

What I am going to do since ncix will be putting it together for me, I will ask if they will replace the fan for me and I will order a fan as well.

Does that psu use an 80mm?
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Just a quick question before I order this, is the cpu/gpu combo good enough or decent enough for possible 3d bluray? Should I look at something better? Or is this good enough?
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That build is fine for 3D bluray playback.
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Well I am about to pull the trigger this weekend, only thing I swapped was the above ssd drive to this



http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60444&promoid=1310


and the case to this

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57786&promoid=1310

and this psu instead

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=44835


Not a cheap build, close to $600 with windows 7 64 bit, and 50 dollars for professional installation and stress testing by ncix, but I hope it lasts a few years.

I guess my question is, is the SSD big enough with 64gb? I wont be putting anything on it other then windows 7, xbmc , and TMT. On ncix where im building it, the cheapest 128gb drives were 20 dollars more and sandforce, and i was told those are problematic, and i should get a non sandforce ssd drive and 64 will be enough for what I want. but I want to check here. Their wont be anything media wise being stored on this. If I wanted a decent 128gb ssd i would be looking at 40$+ dollars at least putting me over 600 and over budget.
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