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Old August 4, 2013, 04:50 PM
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I have a boxee box. What a piece of garbage. So damn slow, i've seen rasbmc running faster. Also got a pivos xios ds and put xbmc on it and that was better than the boxee but still not good enough. Custom PC's in small cases like the sg05 are really where it's at, if you're not going to be gaming then Openelec on a zotac box is another good option.

I've since decided I'm going to put a 650ti Boost into it rather than a 770. The 770 will come later when I change to watercooling. Ati cards are too loud for HTPC/Steambox uses. Also terrible driver support I would not recommend an ati card to anyone for any reason. But thats my bias caused by my personal experience with amd cards.
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Old August 5, 2013, 12:41 AM
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i'm running XBMC plug a plugin to launch steam in BPM on an AMD A10 platform using an Antec MicroFusion

my case is low profile which is somewhat limiting when it comes to graphics, all the good add-in cards are full height, so the closest thing I could putting to improve graphics was an FM2 A10 upgrade.

the MicroFusion is nice though because it looks like it belongs in an entertainment stand, which was a big factor for me. if you're not all that concerned about building a box that matches your cable receiver or what have you to some degree, then some of the mITX cases mentioned will probably be more flexible in terms of graphics

It bothers me though that there's not very many options for low profile graphics cards unless you want absolute bottom end. It's 2013 and small form factors are becoming more and more popular as CPU's are drawing much less power and high end chips can go into small cases without having to worry so much about heat like we used to.
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Old October 11, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Anyone in eastern ontario selling some decent parts to build a low budget halfassed gaming pc for the livingroom? :) I'm thinking AMD cpu to keep the cost down, and I have a PSU, and can get a case for cheap enough. Shipping should be cheap enough if we cant do a pickup.
Just want to try out big picture and see how I like it.
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Old October 11, 2013, 09:53 AM
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Node 304 is a perfect case except for the lack of a optical drive area. I grabbed a 24" sata cable and power adapter and just ran the cables out the back of the case and plugged in a internal optical drive for now.

Its what I currently use right now and its a perfect case as it doesn't sit too tall and isn't too wide and fits into small spaces nicely.

I do recommend a modular psu for it tho as the cable management in it CAN be atrocious. Also has room for 6 hard drives if you use all the hard drive trays or pull the one tray and you can put a decent sized gpu in it.

I currently run a i5 750 with a nvidia GT 520 (I think) for my setup and it works well.
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Old October 11, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Anyone in eastern ontario selling some decent parts to build a low budget halfassed gaming pc for the livingroom? :) I'm thinking AMD cpu to keep the cost down, and I have a PSU, and can get a case for cheap enough. Shipping should be cheap enough if we cant do a pickup.
Just want to try out big picture and see how I like it.
YourFriendlyGamer is selling an A10-6800K for $125 shipped...that's a pretty good deal. I would jump on it myself for an HTPC upgrade, but I have other priorities at the moment (watercooling).

It's the perfect chip for an HTPC/steambox...will run most games at least at medium settings without the expense of a discrete GPU.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...5-shipped.html
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Old October 11, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the heads up, I sent a PM, and I wonder how well the integrated gpu is on that thing?
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Old October 11, 2013, 12:07 PM
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