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Please review HTPC build

RevoHos

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I'm looking to build a new HTPC. For now, I will be looking at just streaming. I think I have everything except OS and Power Supply. I plan on running XBMC with it. I'm looking for recommendations on the Power Supply and if I need a CPU cooler other than the stock.

In the future, I am thinking of adding a Ceton and possibly a video card to do some light gaming.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zl0d

I'm open to any other suggestions or add-ons that you may think suitable. I do not have a budget other than trying to keep it under $1000.

In case you guys don't like my pcpartpicker link:

AMD A10 5800K
ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory
Corsair Force Series GT 90GB 2.5" SSD
Silverstone SST-GD05B HTPC Case
LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writerhttp://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-uh12ns29
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-sstgd05busb30
 
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jr26

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Upgrade that ram to 1866mhz and you should be good to go with light gaming. I have a very similar HTPC build except I went with the Asrock A85X motherboard. I would recommend a decent CPU cooler as the stock one is horriblePosted from Anandtech.com App for Android
 
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kornphlake

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To me the A10 processor and 16gb RAM seem like overkill unless you're certain you're going to be gaming. <$500 is adequate for a HTPC budget, if you're going to build a gaming rig build it for that purpose, it will be more than capable at HTPC duties, a HTPC typically makes compromises for cost, energy efficiency and noise reasons and won't be the best machine for gaming.
 

Shaydza

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Cut the ram to 8 gigs and get the fastest ram you can with the original budget. Trinity needs fast memory not tons of it. Plus you should have a nice quick upgrade path as the next generation APU is gonna use the same socket.
 

crashtestdummy

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To me the A10 processor and 16gb RAM seem like overkill unless you're certain you're going to be gaming. <$500 is adequate for a HTPC budget, if you're going to build a gaming rig build it for that purpose, it will be more than capable at HTPC duties, a HTPC typically makes compromises for cost, energy efficiency and noise reasons and won't be the best machine for gaming.
This. Hell, as Raspberry Pi can accomplish the streaming (albeit with a sluggish interface), if that's really all you want. It's not worth $400 to have the possibility of gaming, unless you know you want it for that.
 

tydas

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When you say XBMC, are you doing just XBMC or XBMC on top of windows 7?
 

RevoHos

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@Shaydza Do you have a recommendation for the RAM? Or did you just mean like jr26 stated and go with the 1866?
That's why I decided with the FM2.

@crashtestdummy I'm leaning towards XBMC on top of Win7. I'm slightly afraid of the XBMCbuntu.
 

SiliconWars

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Why not go with the 5700 instead? It's the same price and has good performance at much lower power draw.
 

RevoHos

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Ok, below is a link to an updated build with 1866 RAM and an A8-5500 APU. This keeps with the FM2 so upgrading when the next gen comes out will be possible. I changed the case and added a modular PS as well.

Any thoughts or things you might change are welcome!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9Q

CPU AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core $104.99
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Combo or $71.97
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Combo or $54.99
Storage Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" SSD $104.99
Case nMEDIAPC HTPC 7000B (Black) HTPC $94.98
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W ATX12V / EPS12V $79.64
Optical Drive LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $49.98
 
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coolkish

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AMD A10, A8 is good enough. You can get Corsair CX430 for ~$17 (promo price at NewEgg). You can opt for RAM @1600 so that will save you few more $$.
 

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