[Micro-ATX] A8-3850 (4x2.9Ghz) + HD6550D

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[Started build thread here

I've got an Antec HTPC case and PSU along with 2xWDGreen 2TB drives so I think I'll give the A8-3870 build a go.

How many years use or what has to change for this build to be outdated?

I'll be using this with Denon 3312 and Panny 65VT30.

Is the PQ on parr with PS3 playing back BD? 3D?

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(2012-03-28 06:34)Van G Wrote:  I've got an Antec HTPC case and PSU along with 2xWDGreen 2TB drives so I think I'll give the A8-3870 build a go.

How many years use or what has to change for this build to be outdated?

I'll be using this with Denon 3312 and Panny 65VT30.

Is the PQ on parr with PS3 playing back BD? 3D?
As long as it meet your needs, I wouldn't worry about outdate. New electronics are will always around the corner......

With proper configuration, HTPC PS/AQ are on par with PS3 and XBox.......

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(2012-03-28 06:34)Van G Wrote:  [Started build thread here

I've got an Antec HTPC case and PSU along with 2xWDGreen 2TB drives so I think I'll give the A8-3870 build a go.

How many years use or what has to change for this build to be outdated?

I'll be using this with Denon 3312 and Panny 65VT30.

Is the PQ on parr with PS3 playing back BD? 3D?
Panasonic 65vt30 is awesome....being trying to pick one up. How is it?
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I finished my build over the weekend and everything is running great. Thanks eskro and bluray for the help! I'm having a little difficulty getting HD audio to bitstream from Win7 to my AVR but that's off topic here.

My question has to do with the case fans. I picked up a couple of 80mm fans listed in eskro's other thread. I didn't realize that the only way to control fan speed using the A75M mobo was to get a four pin case fan (which I believe is the same as a PWM fan). The mobo only allows for one speed controlled fan which should be fine as my case isn't running very hot. Does anybody have a recommendation on a 80mm PWM case fan that is relatively quiet? I have the ML03 case.

Another option: should I possibly look at a fan controller to go with the fans I already purchased? If not I can re-use the new fans in my desktop so it's not as if they'd go to waste.

Last option: is a case fan a necessity? I don't game, the setup is for playing media and browsing the web. Using a SSD, silverstone 400W PSU, and hyperx blu DDR3. What temps would i need to keep the mobo and case under to go fanless?
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(2012-03-29 17:17)lath19 Wrote:  I finished my build over the weekend and everything is running great. Thanks eskro and bluray for the help! I'm having a little difficulty getting HD audio to bitstream from Win7 to my AVR but that's off topic here.

My question has to do with the case fans. I picked up a couple of 80mm fans listed in eskro's other thread. I didn't realize that the only way to control fan speed using the A75M mobo was to get a four pin case fan (which I believe is the same as a PWM fan). The mobo only allows for one speed controlled fan which should be fine as my case isn't running very hot. Does anybody have a recommendation on a 80mm PWM case fan that is relatively quiet? I have the ML03 case.

Another option: should I possibly look at a fan controller to go with the fans I already purchased? If not I can re-use the new fans in my desktop so it's not as if they'd go to waste.

Last option: is a case fan a necessity? I don't game, the setup is for playing media and browsing the web. Using a SSD, silverstone 400W PSU, and hyperx blu DDR3. What temps would i need to keep the mobo and case under to go fanless?


i have this setup and added one fan. the asrock comes with a utility that has controls for the cpu fan which i have it turned down to 5 it also has a control for a case fan which i also have turned down to 5. The case fan never turns because it runs so cool 45-50c.

my opinion there realy is no need to add additional fan

My HTPC AMD A8-3870K CPU/ SilverStone ML03B/ASRock MB-A75M /Seasonic SS-400ET/Corsair XMS3 4GB
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lagledavid Wrote:  i have this setup and added one fan. the asrock comes with a utility that has controls for the cpu fan which i have it turned down to 5 it also has a control for a case fan which i also have turned down to 5. The case fan never turns because it runs so cool 45-50c.

my opinion there realy is no need to add additional fan

Nice, I was hoping to get away with one case fan. What fan did you go with? Looking for one that I can use with the mobo speed control function.
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(2012-03-29 17:17)lath19 Wrote:  I finished my build over the weekend and everything is running great. Thanks eskro and bluray for the help! I'm having a little difficulty getting HD audio to bitstream from Win7 to my AVR but that's off topic here.
You can check the guide in my signature. If you need help on it, you can PM me.

(2012-03-29 17:17)lath19 Wrote:  My question has to do with the case fans. I picked up a couple of 80mm fans listed in eskro's other thread. I didn't realize that the only way to control fan speed using the A75M mobo was to get a four pin case fan (which I believe is the same as a PWM fan). The mobo only allows for one speed controlled fan which should be fine as my case isn't running very hot. Does anybody have a recommendation on a 80mm PWM case fan that is relatively quiet? I have the ML03 case.
This one "ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan" is rated at 14dBA. It's probably the quietest 80mm fan.....

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bluray Wrote:  dateline='1333049751']This one "ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan" is rated at 14dBA. It's probably the quietest 80mm fan.....

Actually I purchased two of those. They weren't as quiet as I'd like and I was hoping I could use the fan speed control on the mobo to reduce the rpm and noise. Unfortunately the mobo can only control case fans that have four pins (not molex). So that's what I'm after now.

Something like either of these:
http://www.xoxide.com/xilence-80mm-redwing-fan-pwm.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835610001
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(2012-03-29 22:28)lath19 Wrote:  
bluray Wrote:  dateline='1333049751']This one "ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan" is rated at 14dBA. It's probably the quietest 80mm fan.....

Actually I purchased two of those. They weren't as quiet as I'd like and I was hoping I could use the fan speed control on the mobo to reduce the rpm and noise. Unfortunately the mobo can only control case fans that have four pins (not molex). So that's what I'm after now.

Something like either of these:
http://www.xoxide.com/xilence-80mm-redwing-fan-pwm.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835610001
The fan in my link can be 3 or 4 pin.....

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>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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(2012-03-29 23:07)bluray Wrote:  
(2012-03-29 22:28)lath19 Wrote:  
bluray Wrote:  dateline='1333049751']This one "ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan" is rated at 14dBA. It's probably the quietest 80mm fan.....

Actually I purchased two of those. They weren't as quiet as I'd like and I was hoping I could use the fan speed control on the mobo to reduce the rpm and noise. Unfortunately the mobo can only control case fans that have four pins (not molex). So that's what I'm after now.

Something like either of these:
http://www.xoxide.com/xilence-80mm-redwing-fan-pwm.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835610001
The fan in my link can be 3 or 4 pin.....

I'll check when I get home but I'm pretty sure it only has a three pin to four pin adapter (to plug into a cable off of the psu). The mb needs a fan with four wires in order to control the fan speed. Otherwise changing the fan speed in bios doesn't actually do anything.

Below is a pic of the mb with a four pin fan plug.
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/7803/a75mitx1.jpg

I've found a few they may work. Just wanted to see if anybody had experience with it given that many here seem to have purchased the A75m.

Oh, thanks to the link to hd audio. I'll check it out tonight!
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(2012-03-29 23:58)lath19 Wrote:  
(2012-03-29 23:07)bluray Wrote:  
(2012-03-29 22:28)lath19 Wrote:  Actually I purchased two of those. They weren't as quiet as I'd like and I was hoping I could use the fan speed control on the mobo to reduce the rpm and noise. Unfortunately the mobo can only control case fans that have four pins (not molex). So that's what I'm after now.

Something like either of these:
http://www.xoxide.com/xilence-80mm-redwing-fan-pwm.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835610001
The fan in my link can be 3 or 4 pin.....
I'll check when I get home but I'm pretty sure it only has a three pin to four pin adapter (to plug into a cable off of the psu). The mb needs a fan with four wires in order to control the fan speed. Otherwise changing the fan speed in bios doesn't actually do anything.

Below is a pic of the mb with a four pin fan plug.
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/7803/a75mitx1.jpg

I've found a few they may work. Just wanted to see if anybody had experience with it given that many here seem to have purchased the A75m.

Oh, thanks to the link to hd audio. I'll check it out tonight!
You might be correct...it's 3 wires that can be converted to 4-pin. I found this one "SilenX EFX-08-12 80mm Case Fan", and it is quieter at 12dBA. Since it is12dBA, you might not need speed control either.....

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SIlenX rocks!!
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(2012-03-29 21:23)lath19 Wrote:  
lagledavid Wrote:  i have this setup and added one fan. the asrock comes with a utility that has controls for the cpu fan which i have it turned down to 5 it also has a control for a case fan which i also have turned down to 5. The case fan never turns because it runs so cool 45-50c.

my opinion there realy is no need to add additional fan

Nice, I was hoping to get away with one case fan. What fan did you go with? Looking for one that I can use with the mobo speed control function.

ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
This is one of the ones recomended at the beginning

My HTPC AMD A8-3870K CPU/ SilverStone ML03B/ASRock MB-A75M /Seasonic SS-400ET/Corsair XMS3 4GB
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[CPU+iGPU] AMD A8-3850 4x2.9GHz HD6550D FM1 100W ($135 + $0)
[MOBO] ASRock A75M FM1 CIR USB3.0 SATAIII UEFI μATX ($75 + $0)
[CASE] SILVERSTONE ML03B μATX ($60 + $0)
[PSU] SeaSonic SS-400ET 80+ Bronze 400W ATX12V ($43 + $9)
TOTAL: ($322)

** A8-3850 CPU supports up to DDR3-1866MHz memory sticks **

Eskro,

I am almost done purchasing the components required for this build. Does buying 2x8GB RAM hurt or 2x4GB should be enough?

My requirement for using this build is for regular purposes... like watching HD movies, movies from my HD camcorder, record on-the-air programs and view it later (like DVR) using HDHomeRun Tuner etc.
I am also thinking of adding a blu-ray writer to this build to record HD movies from my camcorder to blu-ray media (just as a backup), watch HD movies (From blu-ray media) etc.

I hope this should roughly give you an estimate of resources needed.

One last question: Recently I bought 'Lenovo Multimedia Remote Keyboard N5902'. This should work with my HTPC. Right?

Thanks!
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(2012-04-13 15:45)eskay Wrote:  Does buying 2x8GB RAM hurt or 2x4GB should be enough?Thanks!
2x2GB of RAM is plenty for HTPC.......

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