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Topic # 143307 9-Apr-2014 23:10
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So i want to sink a few grand on Home Theater as thats the place where the family gathers at one time.
I will start off with the HTPC, Would you all suggest this is a good starting build?
Unlike my server array on another thread this one is meant to be a lot more energy efficient.
It will double as network storage. (No WiFi will not be used)

TV and sounds will come later on.

Suggestions? Cheaper components to do the same sort of job?





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  Reply # 1022538 9-Apr-2014 23:25
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Please don't use a WD Green as your OS drive, these positively suck for anything other than cheap data storage. Stick a small SSD in there and boot off that.

What OS and Software are you going to run?



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  Reply # 1022540 9-Apr-2014 23:28
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Kraven: Please don't use a WD Green as your OS drive, these positively suck for anything other than cheap data storage. Stick a small SSD in there and boot off that.

What OS and Software are you going to run?


Debian probably.





 
 
 
 


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Reply # 1022544 9-Apr-2014 23:35
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should be okay BUT.

Use SSD for OS drive. Definitely not WD Green.   I use laptop hard drive in my htpc at present but will go to SSD later.

Havent looked up the motherboard but consider 2 memory xticks if possible to use dual channel.  Can make big difference in certain but not all cases depending what you do




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  Reply # 1022549 10-Apr-2014 00:08
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Gilco2: should be okay BUT.

Use SSD for OS drive. Definitely not WD Green.   I use laptop hard drive in my htpc at present but will go to SSD later.

Havent looked up the motherboard but consider 2 memory xticks if possible to use dual channel.  Can make big difference in certain but not all cases depending what you do


On the list there is 2x4GB RAM, I might get a SSD but its more money that could be used elsewhere :) I got a spare laptop HDD :P





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  Reply # 1022579 10-Apr-2014 06:45
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should be able to save some money on a cheaper motherboard,  maybe a cheaper PSU (any 120mm one would probably be silent enough).  

probably only need 4GB RAM if its just a media center.  can always add more later, but probably wont need it.

and agree with using a SSD for OS drive.  you can buy these pretty cheap from amazon and the shipping is cheap.

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  Reply # 1022582 10-Apr-2014 07:06
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(Off topic sorry)

Why do we hate WD Green? I have one in my HTPC and it seems fine so far...




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HTPC: Antec NSK2480B case, AMD A4-5300 CPU, Asus F2A85-M LE mobo, WD Caviar Green 64Mb 2TB HDD, HD Homerun, Win7 Home Premium, RAM 1600Mhz 4Gb.
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  Reply # 1022587 10-Apr-2014 07:31
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turb,

No hate really, they're a good storage drive for low power usage but their spindle and data transfer speed is much lower than a standard 3.5" that the feel of the system will be slower than a normal 7200 rpm and much slower than an SSD.  I used to have a 500Gb green drive as my boot drive for my server and man was it slow!

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  Reply # 1022589 10-Apr-2014 07:45
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TimA:
Gilco2: should be okay BUT.

Use SSD for OS drive. Definitely not WD Green.   I use laptop hard drive in my htpc at present but will go to SSD later.

Havent looked up the motherboard but consider 2 memory xticks if possible to use dual channel.  Can make big difference in certain but not all cases depending what you do


On the list there is 2x4GB RAM, I might get a SSD but its more money that could be used elsewhere :) I got a spare laptop HDD :P
ON THE PICTURE IN YYOUR POST IT SHOW  ONLY 1 X 8gb MODULE So I thought you were only using 1.  The AMD APU especially is much better with dual channel.   I use 2 x4GB which are fine.
  Honestly if you can afford it now, get the SSD it really does make the biggest difference.
  Nothing wrong with WD Green drives.  They just dont make good OS drives.  SSD doesnt just speed up startup but also OS access.




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  Reply # 1022636 10-Apr-2014 09:49
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reven: should be able to save some money on a cheaper motherboard,  maybe a cheaper PSU (any 120mm one would probably be silent enough).  

probably only need 4GB RAM if its just a media center.  can always add more later, but probably wont need it.

and agree with using a SSD for OS drive.  you can buy these pretty cheap from amazon and the shipping is cheap.


The only Mini ITX board at PB Tech for AMD lol.
PSU could be downgraded to a 400W coolermaster but i wouldnt want to do that..





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  Reply # 1022664 10-Apr-2014 10:09
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in that case, have you considered getting an i3 and a cheaper motherboard for that socket?

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  Reply # 1022680 10-Apr-2014 10:48
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I honestly don't think you need a 550w PSU for your system, 450/500w would be fine and it would save you a few dollars to get other components.

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