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UPDATES: Found an slim LG internal Blu-ray drive for 41.41 during Prime Day and on 7/29 the Low Profile 750ti dropped from $149 to $119. Slim HTPC V2 Coming soon!

I had a pre-built "gaming" pc at the time and wanted to upgrade to a real gaming pc, so I practiced by building my parents a HTPC to replace their fairly new lenovo, althought aesthetically pleasing, < rant > it used a ****** AMD E1 processor, the thing would have trouble on Youtube and scrolling on Facebook. Streaming was a big no-no, it had an HDMI port but streaming youtube at 1080p would stutter and the audio would go out of sync. We are talking about a PC manufactured and purchased in 2012 that had trouble opening youtube! "Yo do you want to open Microsoft Word? Ok just give me 5 ******* MINUTES TO OPEN IT,MAKE SURE YOU DON'T PRESS ANYTHING OR ELSE WORD WILL CRASH AND YOU WILL HAVE TO OPEN IT AGAIN! AHH BUT YOU GOTTA KILL WORD IN THE TASK MANAGER SO YOU WILL NEED TO FURIOUSLY PRESS "CTRL+ALT+SHIFT" A COUPLE TIMES TO OPEN TASK MANAGER OR RESTART ME HALF OF THE TIME!" </rant>

The build began in October 05, 2014; with the purchase of a MSI AM1I Mini ITX motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130759 [$37]) and a Rosewill FBM-02 Micro ATX case ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147167 [29.99]) and the AMD 5350 [61.29]

(I was going for a small form factor pc and accidentally purchased a large Micro ATX case, but we had it hidden so it wasn't a big deal.)

CPU: I went for the AMD 5350 because it was one of the cheapest on PcPartPicker and had fairly good reviews. Since this PC is for streaming and light gaming Overclocking is not in our minds (Purchased in Oct. 05. 2014)

CPU Cooler: It was running with the stock cooler but when I was swapping cases I realized how tiny the heatsink/fan were and loud. This was one very few AM1 coolers I could find and very cheap affordable. I haven't checked temps but fan runs at very low RPM and is quiet, too quiet... (Purchased Jul. 05. 2015)

MotherBoard:

OLD: First MoBo was a MSI AM1I Mini ITX, it had USB 3.0 Ports in the back but no front panel connections had no problems, it was ok at the time since the old case didn't have USB 3.0 ports. (Purchased on Oct. 05. 2014)

NEW: New case has USB 3.0 ports so I went with the MSI AM1M Micro ATX, it also has 2 more USB ports and 2 PCI Express x1 Ports. It has been running for two days and has had no issues. (Purchased on Jul. 07. 2015)

Memory: For $37.99 it was one of the cheapest at the time (now about $25). Since its an HTPC, 4GB is enough. It has worked as expected, no issues. (might end up buying another 4GB since RAM prices have been dropping lately.) (Purchased on Oct. 06. 2014)

Storage: I could have saved myself $10 if I had purchased before online, but since I had $50 Best Buy credit I decided to skip the wait for delivery and just purchased it in store. It has a large capacity, and doesn't make any clicky sounds (Purchased on Oct. 18. 2014)

Power Supply: Although the HTPC, I might end up adding a cheapo vga so I went for this one so I wouldn't have to upgrade the PSU later. At first it didn't power on, I ran the PC on another PSU for a week and tried it again before I returned it and it worked. Hasn't had a problem since. (Purchased Oct. 12. 2014)

OS: [removed]

Case:

OLD: The first case was large, (fit a 120mm fan on the back), for $29.99 it was the cheapest I had found. I wouldn't recommend it. It is still $29.99, it doesn't have usb 3 support, uses a Military Grade LED that can project light about 70 feet and blind you. The fans are noisy and the case is fugly, for $5 more you can find something better. (Purchased on Oct. 05. 2014)

NEW: So after moving we needed a new case since we got rid of the old huge TV stand and we couldn't hide the Behemoth Fugly Rosewill after about 3 months of forgetting and procastinating I found a 22.99 case on Amazon with 4/5 stars reviews, slim, USB 3 Support, External bay and with a nice design. The case fits a Micro ATX board, it has one bay for the HDD and an external bay for a slim drive (will buy a bluray drive during prime day if I find any on sale), although it is compact it can fit a full size ATX PSU, the PSU is located in the front and it is a bit difficult to get the connection in and assembling the grille to cover it. It doesn't have cable management but there are other models that do and for the same price. (Purchased on Jul. 02. 2015)

FUTURE: I will buy a Blu-ray drive (maybe Prime Day Sale), also if I find a cheap GT 740 or something I might end up buying it. I was also thinking of replacing the internal HDD with a SSD, and buying a PCI Express x1 Sata Card so I could plug an External HDD in the back.

Part Reviews

CPU

Cheap and works with no problems. AMD is going away with support for AM1 so you might want skip this and go for their budget line releasing in late 2015

CPU Cooler

Temps are similar to the stock AM1 cooler but it is x10 quieter. Also looks nice

Motherboard

Cheap and has USB 3 port for front panel. Would wait for the new line of budget processors released in late 2015 since AM1 will stop being supported.

Memory

Cheap RAM, doesn't have heatsink but its black not yucky green so that helps.

Storage

Have used 4 of these, none have failed, can be found very cheap during sales

Power Supply

great for a low budget HTPC!

Operating System

Free upgrade to Win 10!

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Your OS section has been removed. Those keys are not legitimately distributed and break MS TOS. We do not allow them on our site.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't knowI couldn't post that, will not list it on my future builds! Sorry!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

As for the GT, you should probably get a GTX 750ti, but that's your choice. I honestly think you're fine with the iGPU. In terms of performance, it is in the middle of Intel HD graphics 3000 and 4000. Sadly, I don't think AMD would be supporting socket AM1 anymore.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no idea they made low profile GTX 750ti Will consider that instead!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I'm sorry, I forgot that you have a HTPC case, and IF you can fit a full bracket GPU, do put a 750ti, because it requires so low power and a lot of performance!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like this one would fit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127836

Someone has a similar case with that card

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't know if it's available in the US, but this is a gigabyte low profile version: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-151-GI&groupid=701&catid=1914&subcat=1854

I did a build with a 5350 and 750ti - and it is a great machine!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I laughed through your entire description. I love the comedy!

+1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the rant.

-1 for piracy (Imo if you're going to buy one thing, always buy the OS)

+1 for username

+1 for high def pictures.

-1 for no dedicated GPU.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Just purchased a Low Profile GTX 750 Ti. Can I get that +1? ;D

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

great story! Help your build with 1600MHz ram, whenever you find an extra stick of ram to replace your 1333.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, there is a lp 750ti? That's neat... I am trying to fight off doing a lan box / media player with a pentium and 750ti since I have an lga 1150mobo I got for $16 and a bluray drive from my old laptop.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know either until someone recommended to get a GTX 750ti instead of a GT 740, the I found it. Turns out the guy that recommended the GTX 750ti didn't know there were low profile GTX750ti.

They were $149.99 but the MSI price dropped down to $119 yesterday. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127836&cm_re=750_ti-_-14-127-836-_-Product)

Supposedly they are getting price drops because the 950 is releasing soon but the Low Profile Gigabyte GTX750ti is still $150, I just went for it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice temps ;)