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Old April 28, 2011, 11:22 PM
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Ok here is what I have ordered. Can anyone chime in good or bad? This will be used for internet browsing, email, Bluray Dvd's and movies (avi and whatever else) streamed from a different PC over home network to a 50" Plasma 1080p.

ASUS E35M1-M Pro mATX AMD Dual Core Zacate E-350 Apu DX11 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI Motherboard
134.99 PM'ed

Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
43.88 PM'ed

LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer Combo Drive
72.36 PM'ed

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5IN 7200RPM SATA Notebook Hard Drive
59.69 PM'ed

Nmedia HTPC-5000B Desktop Media Centre Case mATX Black 1X5.25 4X3.5INT Card Reader No PS
66.99 PM'ed

Nmedia LCD Module 2X20 USB for Nmedia HTPC Cases 280/288/500/1000/2000/5000/6000
29.79 PM'ed

Coolermaster Elite Power 400W ATX Power Supply 12V V2.3 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
33.35 PM'ed

Total $477.41 + 13%HST + shipping = $539.47
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Old April 29, 2011, 12:09 AM
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well thats too much psu for 50 or so odd watts itll be sucking but hey.overall its ok.
i wouldve gone with a fanless unit, or a lower wattage unit.

good choice of drive, i wouldve looked into the 2.5 hybrid from seagate too.

case,well,thats a personal decision, i find it ok.
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Old April 29, 2011, 08:18 PM
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Well I got that psu for its price mainly.
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Hmm, do you really this much power for what you intend to do with it? I have an Acer REVO (intel Atom with Nvidia ION chipset) and it is perfect for surfing the net, checking emails, watching 1080p movies, etc. Since almost everything is hardware accelerated nowadays, I don't really see the point in getting a fairly decent CPU for an HTPC. The whole thing also doesn't generate any heat and has a small footprint (I think I paid $300 for it ~1.5 years back).
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Old May 11, 2011, 08:39 AM
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The Zacate board is a great choice for an HTPC. I'm planning on using a Zacate based board in my next HTPC build with a tiny case from Mini-Box.
I also just built an HTPC with the same nMedia case for a friend last month. Build quality is ok but it looks great in his media cabinet.

Why a 2.5" HD, the 500B can fit a full 3.5" drive, when a quiet full size model like the Seagate 7200.12 500Gb can be had for $39.99?
NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN SATA 6GB/S With NCQ Internal Hard Drive OEM - Seagate - ST3500413AS - in Canada

I'm also not a real fan of Coolermaster psu's and went with a Seasonic model in my personal HTPC build. Getting a PSU based on price alone is IMHO not recommended even for the lower power needs of an HTPC.

Here are some alternatives from Seasonic & Corsair which are very reasonably priced.

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Warranty* - DirectCanada
NCIX.com - Buy Seasonic SS-350ET 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan OEM - Seasonic Electronics - SS-350ET - in Canada
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