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Cheapest HTCP you would go for

Archgaull
  • 59 months ago

What is the cheapest you would go for if you were building a HTCP build. There would be no gaming on this of any kind, no emulation, no nothing. It would be solely for watching movies/TV or listening to music. If I were to build this, it would be hooked up via HDMI to a flat screen TV that is 43" large.

My biggest question with this build is if there is a way to get this cheaper, without sacrificing major performance. Also, would this build be affected seriously by having single channel RAM in a 1x4GB vs dual channel in a 2x2GB format. Leaving a storage device out is intentional, I would use my existing 1TB drive.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor $47.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-DS2H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $46.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $22.99 @ Newegg
Case Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case $59.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $27.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $205.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-09 03:00 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

If all you are doing is streaming why not look into a raspberry PI?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard of that, and have no experience with it, what is it?

After a few minutes of checking, it doesn't seem like it would work for me. I've got about 700 gigs of media as it is, and I'm not even close to being done converting everything. It seems like the main storage space source is either a SD card, or a USB External Hard Drive. Since a SD card isn't viable, and a USB External 2TB drive costs around $90 from my preferred brand of WD, that would be around $100 for storage if you include shipping, plus around $40 for the Raspberry Pi 2 plus shipping, it comes out to around $140 for everything, and I'd rather go with the HTCP for a little more expensive in that case, since I could always upgrade the HTCP if I ever decide to go that route.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a thought. My friend does all his media through streaming and the Raspberry PI is the perfect little machine for that task. Good luck with the HTPC though! They are beautiful little machines.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems interesting though, thank you for mentioning that too me. I'll definitely remember to keep it in mind.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor $44.98 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI AM1I Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $22.99 @ Newegg
Case Antec ISK 110 VESA Mini ITX Desktop Case w/90W Power Supply $61.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $163.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-09 04:06 EDT-0400
  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Technically, if you can run XMBC off a Raspberry Pi so you could do it for $50.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ECS A58F2P-M4(1.0) Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $37.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Case Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case $59.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply $25.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $200.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-10 16:49 EDT-0400

I've slightly lowered the CPU, PSU, and motherboard for better and faster dual-channel RAM for the APU. However the Antec Basiq 350w power supply is not a bad PSU and it does have solid circuitry that most budget low PSUs should have on low powered builds like this one.

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