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Challenger
Challenger

Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

Thinking about building an HTPC for my family, needs to be able to run games decently on a 1280x720 60hz TV. Other than that, budget will likely be $300-$550 (would like to stay around $400 but could probably go a bit higher).

I was maybe thinking getting an A10-7870k, or maybe the Athlon X4 760k+ r7 250, what are your thoughts or recommendations? I might opt for a Pentium K (I could get one for cheap from Microcenter) but Lga 1150 MITX boards are way expensive .)   Also, whats a good MITX case? I haven't really payed any attention to cases other than the random Corsair news so idk which ones are good/bad/ugly to work with.

Thanks!

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Elite
Elite

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

I would see about going to MATX instead of ITX.  There's a better much better selection of cases and you can actually use an AM3+ platform, granting you access to an FX 8320/8350 which will be an exponential CPU improvement.

Here's an example within your budget, pushing a MUCH better video card (R9-380) and CPU (FX-8320) I quick-built.  You'll need to purchase a windows key if you don't already have one, I would expect this to be around $30, which is what I paid for mine and install via flash drive, but that's about it.  I did NOT check GPU length/clearance for the specified case, I just chose what I knew to be a pretty potent good value card that stayed within budget.  You can probably find better deals by doing more thorough shopping than my quick pick though.  The motherboard was also a quick pick, if you want USB 3 headers you may want to shop those a bit, but the basic proof of concept/value is there.

These system specs are very similar to my wife's PC, and offers up a better GPU than I'm using in mine right now, and I can say firsthand that I can play BF4 wonderfully, FFXIV on max just fine, and anything else I've thrown at it.  Should be totally fine for Fallout 4 as well!

AMD FX-8320, Sapphire Radeon R9 380, Thermaltake Core V21 - System Build - PCPartPicker

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Challenger
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Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

I'm basically just going for a box that can do three things:

1: Replace the junky old Blu-ray player under the TV

2: Replace the Xbox 360 for gaming & netflix/hulu & such.

3: Be small and decently quiet. Some noise is OK but not too loud.

So essentially it just has to have decent enough spec for 720p medium/high settings in most games (hence why i picked an r7 250- it is semi-decent, cheap, and there are low-profile ones availible) I'd love to go MATX but the space where I would like to put the PC woouldn't fit it Because AM3 is a good platform, just no MITX boards.

(side note: I don't have to worry about Windows keys, ill either do linux or use one of my "free" keys from school or from my MS account)

Any more that it could do would just be a bonus & futureproofing. 

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Elite
Elite

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

So you're replacing the blu-ray player, meaning that whatever case you choose will need to fit an optical drive then?

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Challenger
Challenger

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

Yep - slimline or full sized, either way works. Other than that  I am not picky about the case at all as long as it is not super junky/bad. I might look in into some of the ones with psus preinstalled, would be nice (though perhaps not).

Edit: After a quick search, I found the Silverstone SG13. Would fit the space I have availible (Height wise- length & width are not issues). And has room for a variety of hardware & at a good price.

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Elite
Elite

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

It's a nice case, but you'll need an external Blue Ray drive to use it.

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Challenger
Challenger

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

oh. darn it looks so nice . .. ill find a new one then lol

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Challenger

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

The SG05W is the same case but with a DVD drive slot & different front... Perhaps that could work

Edit: here is a quick pc part list, thought/changes? AMD Athlon X4 760K, Asus Radeon R7 250, Silverstone SG05-B - System Build - PCPartPicker 

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Elite
Elite

Re: Suggestions for MITX/HTPC build?

I like this case, it's designed to accommodate larger video cards with the intention of being able to provide suitable gaming performance, plus it has the slot loading drive bay (you'll need to buy a slot loading optical drive).  Should be able to ram everything you want in it.  BTW, the optical drive in your system build doesn't do Blu-Ray.

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