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RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - Lake Camelot - 2014-01-04 21:34
I am waiting to see how this works out. It just came out a week or two ago.
I want to see how people do with the software. The specs look good though.
RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - czyndzel - 2014-01-28 21:52
In a few day's I would like to buy and build my first HTPC. I choose configuration with some comments uder every part.
PC will be used to playing movies (also BD 3D) and web surfing. It should be small, quiet and has low power consumption.
CPU/APU - AMD A6-6400K Black Edition - 71$
(integrated GPU ATI HD8470D, low TDP 65W)
MOBO - GIGABYTE F2A88XN-WIFI - 106$
(chipset A88, HDMI, USB 3.0, built-in WiFi/Bluetooth)
RAM - Kingston HyperX DDR3 2x2GB 1866MHz CL9 - 62$
(optimal frequency for CPU, good timmings)
Case - Chieftec FI-01B 200W MiniTower Black - 66$
(small, good enough PSU 80+)
There's no HDD, because maybe I use 64GB SSD 2'5" + HDD 3,5" or only HDD 3,5".
Thanks in advance for all suggestions,
RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - Harpreetz - 2014-02-15 20:47
For my htpc project, i have short listed on Gigabyte's GA-B75M-D3H.
This motherboard has an onboard hdmi, which will be used for display. I need a optical out, since my avr only supports optical in at this moment.
Hence need optical out, to output Dolby/Dts 5.1.
looking closely, this motherboard has a spdif header on the board.
can i get optical out using this header by using the following audio bracket
problem looks like the motherboard has only 2pins for spdif, where in, this bracket has 3 pins.
please advise how can i get optical out using this bracket and the motherboard.
If someone has done it , please share your experiences.
Also please advise if there is a better suggestion for getting the optical out connection from this motherboard.
RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - Chambers - 2014-02-17 22:11
So i'm considering upgrading my current HTPC since every now and then I see 1080p video stutter. It's an old Zotac ION board with an Atom dual core CPU. I would like to keep the following case (if possible)
The new PC, I pretty much want it to handle anything i throw at it. So I am looking at the new AMD solutions. I'm thinking the following;
Cpu: AMD A10-7850K APU
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+/FM2 A88X (Bolton D4)
Mem: Patriot 8GB(2x4GB) Viper III DDR3 2133 (PC3-17000) CL11
Hdd: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SSD
Since my current ion board has a built in PSU, I know I need to get something else, so I'm considering this;
Mini-Box picoPSU-160-XT High Power 24 Pin Mini-ITX Power Supply
Do you guys think that will be enough for my new HTPC? Or should I be looking at a new case as well? I'd really like to keep this thing as small as possible and feel like the other MiniITX cases with PSU's are very large. Any suggestions? Thank you!
RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - paulwalker - 2014-02-19 11:05
Great post! Very informative
RE: Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start? - kwanbis - 2014-02-28 17:47