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Home Theater PC

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#1 binavik


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:49 PM

I'm trying to build a decent home theater PC for my uncle. He is mainly going to stream TV channels from the middle east so I'm sure it shouldn't need too much power. I already have 2 2gb sticks of G.Skill ram and a Windows 7 OEM disc. I also have a few laptop hard drives lying around so if using that in place of a 3.5 inch HDD won't be a problem at all then I can also use those. He told me to keep it below $300 so I was thinking about these. 

APU:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282


Mother Board:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130741


Case:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094


Power Supply:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027


This totals at around $206 before tax and shipping. The tower will be in a somewhat closed area so I didn't want to get anything that will get too hot for no reason. He definitely won't be gaming on this PC, the most CPU taxing thing he might do is stream a movie from Netflix. I feel like this will be a good build for something simple, my biggest question is should I just use one of my 2.5 inch laptop hard drives or buy a new 3.5 inch hard drive. Is there much of a difference between the two? Any help will be appreciated.

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#2 Steviejeep


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:52 AM

I use both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives in my tower, they both work the same. The big difference comes from the speed of the drive itself and the speed of the motherboard and cables. I switched I 3gps cable for a 6gps cable and noticed a difference, but you will only get the speed of the slowest component. 2.5 to 3.5 adapters are only a couple dollars on amazon.

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