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Make the Ideal AMD Fusion HTPC for less than $800

So you want to put together a home-theatre PC based on AMD’s E-350 processor? We outline the pieces of kit you’ll need (and it’ll set you back less than $800 all told).

The initial offering of AMD Fusion APUs is on the notebook side, so our hopes weren’t high for the DIY crowd. The good news is that MSI, GIGABYTE and ASUS are all offering mini-ITX solutions based on the new silicon, so you can get your hands dirty with the new boards.

As it is, the technology is probably best suited for use as the core of an HTPC solution. This is because of the very low power requirements of the E-350 APU, which clocks in at 18 watts for both CPU and graphics combined. In real terms, this means you can spec a cooler and quieter PSU and worry less about moving excess heat out of a small case.

 

Components

MSI E350IA-E45 Motherboard & APU ($170)

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz KVR1333D3N9K2/4G ($99)

Aywun A1-8989W White Cube Case ($72)

Lite-On IHOS104 Blu-ray/DVD reader ($99)

Corsair Nova V64 64GB SSD ($160)

Samsung STORY 1TB USB 3.0 External Drive ($125)

Compro VideoMate K200 Remote ($50)

 

Read the complete guide at apcmag.com.

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