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This is my first HTPC build. Aside from the motherboard being a lemon (DIMM_B slot didn't work) and having to RMA it, the build was a breeze to set up. It is a bit tight but it's to be expected.

Also the CPU cooler for this machine is underpowered but super silent (I ended up using the Noctua low noise adapter for the case fan). If you are using a similar 95 watt CPU I would recommend a more powerful cooler, like Noctua's NH-L12. I will probably pick one of those up later on.

The RAM is also fantastic with really a really low heatsink, about 2-3mm smaller than my other PC's Mushkin RAM which I thought was slim.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build, very compact and nice cable managment. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I build a HTPC with the AMD A series. I believe i went with AMD A6. I first purchased 4GBs of DDR3-1600 RAM, but after some Flash/silverlight HD video lag I switched to 4GBs of DDR3-2133.

A thing to keep in mid is because you have no dedicated video card with dedicated RAM, the proccessor is sharing your system memory for both the CPU and internal GPU. For me the A6 needed that extra RAM speed to keep up.

Nice bueild though, if you have the money I would recommened a small SSD for the operatiing system. Nothing like cold booting into XBMC in less then 10 seconds.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD is coming soon. My full gaming PC has a Kingston V300 (not even the fastest) and going to a HDD (already owned it) has been horrible. Even though this HTPC is on 24/7 and I don't have to deal with starting it up it still is so slow.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent, a Kaveri HTPC. Yes it is beefier than needed for HTPC, but probably what I would do. I have that memory, it's what I put in my computer when I built it in 2011, works great. I got it to fit under my big cooler. However, now I think there are probably faster memories out there for very similar price, and the memory speed really matters for the APUs. Just something to think about. Nice cooler.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel so bad for you mooses I mean canadians for your ridiculous prices D:

Nice build +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha tell me about it. I had to use 4 different companies to get the best prices.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

What is an HTPC? Home Theater PC?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I think that you should be using RAM at 2133 to 2400 to use your APU efficiently because memory bandwidth do a lot with APUs

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will have to give it a try. I know that it hasn't been as fast as I thought it would be.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a little unclear on why you would need 8GB of RAM for a Home Theater PC?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I will be doing some gaming on it as well!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the same. And why an overpriced A10-7850k. FOr a HTPC setup I'd go way cheaper.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

good budget build, well done +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

eventhough the noctua is rated for 65, you seem to be getting very good temps.! I read somewhere that 7850 power consumption is around mid 70's, not that power hungry as the 6800k.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I just noticed that the CPU Temp under load does not show what I initially wrote. It was 60-84 depending on whats going on. I ran 3d Mark and it got to 84.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

im suprised you got the cpu working with an a55 mobo

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

its an fm2+ mobo, it should work, no reason for it Not to

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

well same reason people were having to update their bios on the a88x boards

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

yep, i got my gigabyte itx with latest bios update, it was revision 3, so maybe he got a newer revision. Many ppl had to buy fm2 cpu to update to latest bios.

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