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First Time HTPC Builder


Junior Member
Jul 27, 2011
PLEASE when you POST threads asking for input on system builds tell us...

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. HTPC

2. What YOUR budget is. Less than 500 dollars with shipping.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. I will be purchasing most parts from Amazon. Shipping to an overseas FPO box from Newegg and tigerdirect is pretty expensive so it would have to be an amazing deal.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. No brand preference.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are. All new parts.

8. What resolution will you be using? 1920 x 1080

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Within the next two to three weeks

X. Do you need to purchase any software to go with the system, such as Windows or Blu Ray playback software? I intend to use Linux for this system. I have always been a windows user but want to give Linux a real shot on this one. Any advice on which Linux Build to use would be nice?

So this is what I came up with after reading Assassins guide. I went with an AMD build as it was a little cheaper than an Intel build but I am not opposed to Intel. The wireless card is from newegg because its so small the shipping is only 6 dollars. My question is will that card fit in the case I have. If it won't I need to change cards not cases or think about creatively running a wire to the opposite side of my apartment and skip the wireless altogether. Also any recommendations on quiet 80 mm fans for the case since it does not come with any? Right now it comes out to about $426 + fans.

Memory: Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory - KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
PSU: Cooler Master Elite Power - 400W Power Supply (RS400-PSARI3-US)
Case: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B
Optical Drive: LG Electronics UH12LS29;BLACK/BULK Internal SATA 12x Super Multi DVD Blue with 3D Playback
CPU: AMD A6-3500 APU with AMD Radeon 6530 HD Graphics 2.1/2.4GHz Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Processor
MOBO: ASRock MB-A75M Socket FM1/ AMD A75 FCH/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ Micro ATX Motherboard
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003
Wireless Card:Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R Wireless Adapter


Aug 15, 2012
Give consideration to this power supply in the ML03 (or any other small case that takes an ATX power supply)

FSP Group FSP300-60GHS-R 300W SFX12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply

It comes with a bracket to install it into an ATX PSU bay. It will take up a lot less room in that case and there will be no issues with optical drive depth. It'll also be more efficient being 300W and 80PLUS certified.