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Budget HTPC Configuration

Last Update: October 2011

Here we are looking for a low-cost HTPC config for which we came to an overall average price of  $450, with remote control and keyboard/mouse.

We selected the MS-Tech MC-1200 case. It is an HTPC slim desktop case that comes with a 350W power supply and a Media Center remote. It is fairly well done thanks to a brushed aluminum front panel that fits the spirit of A/V equipment in your TV stand.

At this rate, the choice of components was focused on an AMD A4-3400 (dual core, 2.7 Ghz, Radeon HD 6410D, 65W TDP) and a motherboard Asrock A55M-HVS (H55 chipset and HDMI).

We remember that the new AMD Llano include the Radeon HD 6410D chipset on the model A4-3400. Although we do not expect to run games on this platform, it is interesting to note that this chipset fully supports the home cinema treatment with the most advanced decoding of Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D compatibility 1080p/24 HD bitstream audio.

For the rest, hard drive 1 TB Samsung F3 7200 rpm, 2 GB of Corsair DDR3 memory (enough is enough even in Windows 7), a Liteon Bluray combo, and a kit keyboard / mouse wireless entry level to complement the use of the MCE remote. Another optional component, the AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV compatible with the case due to its low-profile slot!

Budget HTPC Recommended Components

Case MS-Tech MC-1200 (350W PSU + MCE remote) $136
Motherboard Asrock A55M-HVS $59
CPU AMD A4-3400 $74
Memory Corsair TW3X2G1333C9A $22
Hard Drive Samsung SpinPoint F3 – 1TB 7200 rpm $67
Optical Drive Liteon iHOS104 (Combo Blu-ray) $64
Keyboard Perixx Periboard-716 Wireless Ergonomic Multi Touchpad Keyboard $35
TOTAL $457

Optional Components

Tunner Card AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner $70
TOTAL $70

 

This configuration is only a guide. We invite you to check that these components meet your expectations.

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