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My budget HTPC build

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Silverstone ML03B case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174
I paid $53 shipped

AMD trinity a6-5400k processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282
I paid $70 shipped

MSI FM2-A75 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130662
I paid $50 shipped

Gskill ripjaw 1866 memory 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460
I got this black friday sale for $20 shipped

Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045
I paid $95 shipped

Blu-ray drive LG
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136252
I paid $32 shipped

1.5 TB external hard drive SeaGate USB 3
$80 shipped

I bought everything from either newegg or amazon.

I primarily run XBMC using Icefilms and 1channel. I also have a huge dvd/blu-ray library on the external hard-drive and play them through xbmc as well. This HTPC is used as a video source via HDMI to my 5.1 channel home theater setup in my living room with 65" display. The audio is from a defunct company called elemental designs and it sounds very nice.

The system is way more than I expected. Windows 7 runs perfectly on her, and I couldn't have asked for a simpler setup that just works.

I'm using a wireless mouse and keyboard to control the system, and am looking for a way to get one of my harmony remotes to work with XBMC next as sometimes its a pain to use a mouse on the couch.

I think I ended up with a pretty quick/slick system. The ATA 6gb/s, usb3, 1866 ram, SSD drive, and APU D3 chipset for video I believe made for a good budget HTPC.
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Nice! I assume you are using the stock CPU cooler? How is it in terms of noise and CPU temps? I went with a Big Shuriken for my A10-5700 fearing the stock would be insufficient. I then had to pass up on the Ripjaws because I was afraid of the heatsink's vertical clearance, otherwise I would have picked those up on the Black Friday deal also.
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Originally Posted by SlantNGo View Post

Nice! I assume you are using the stock CPU cooler? How is it in terms of noise and CPU temps? I went with a Big Shuriken for my A10-5700 fearing the stock would be insufficient. I then had to pass up on the Ripjaws because I was afraid of the heatsink's vertical clearance, otherwise I would have picked those up on the Black Friday deal also.


Stock cooler being used and I'm not sure about temps. I just never really worried about it... but it seems like such a good question that I'm now worried eek.gif

As far as noise goes... it's pretty acceptable as I've never even though about it, but that means nothing so I'll grab my SPL meter and get some actual reading from different distances and report back to this thread with numbers.

This thing is screaming fast to me, I think it's the SSD drive that impresses me the most.
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