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post #1066 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-01-05, 07:28 PM
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^ would this concern also apply to the Atom D525 Dual Core that's in the Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P?
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post #1067 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-01-06, 09:27 AM
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^ From what I have read, yes.

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post #1068 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-01-31, 06:03 PM
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Just thought I'd follow up and post what I ended up going with. I passed on the Ideacentre due to the questionable Atom processor and decided to build something custom instead. It ended up being a little more expensive than I was hoping (approx. $540-$550 + tax) but this thing is going to fly.

I've ordered everything over the last week or so - still waiting on a couple pieces to arrive. Here are the specs that I went with (and prices):

AMD A8-3870 Quad-3.0Ghz 4MB + Radeon HD6550 $140
ASRock A75M microATX motherboard $95
Silverstone ML03B case $56
Seasonic SS-400ET power supply $47
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB RAM $45
Crucial M4 SATA3 64GB SSD $95
250GB HDD (old drive - will replace with large 2TB+ drive once prices drop)
Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote $32
DVD Drive/Burner $22
In most cases I was able to do in-store pick-up so there were only minimal shipping costs (about $15 in total).

I know some of this is a bit overkill for an HTPC but it was worth the added cost to me. In my case, I want to have some extra flexibility if I need to re-purpose the machine as more than an HTPC in the future. (If not, I might have went with an A6-3500, 2x2GB RAM and a 32GB SSD (Patriot Torqx2) to save about $100 - I doubt there would be much difference between the two builds when using it strictly as an HTPC.)
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post #1069 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-02-03, 01:45 PM
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That looks like a very nice build. My only concern is the high TDP of the CPU but that should not be an issue unless it is driven continuously at 100% load for an extended time. The slightly slower A8-3800 would do the job for HTPC. I would also add a couple of low noise, low RPM fans in the side, near the CPU, to increase ventilation. I wouldn't go with a smaller SSD since Win7 and Win8 will need the extra space. A low profile Scythe SCSK-1100 Shuriken CPU heat sink would also be a nice addition.

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post #1070 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-02-06, 05:26 PM
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I'll likely add a couple fans. The case has slots for up to 4 80mm fans down the right-hand side - I doubt it would need all 4 though. I had left that for the time being until I got the rest of the build ordered and put together.

The Shuriken is an interesting idea though that I hadn't really thought about. How much of an improvement would it be over the stock heat sink? Is it worth the $30-$35?
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post #1071 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-02-06, 10:57 PM
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for windows 7 32 gb is enough on my 60gb ssd with media portal installed i still have 48gb free.

that said i havnt seen the 32 gb ssd's for that much less then the 60 gb ones. i got the ocz vertex plus 60 gb for 39.99+shipping(9.99) after a mail in rebate (that has been accepted just waiting for it in the mail)

an aftermarket fan is a great idea. definitely can reduce the noise. i think the main one everyone recommends is the hyper 120 but i wouldnt buy it untill after you build the pc. see if you even notice the fan noise first. i personaly find the fan in my powersupply to be louder then my cpu fan lol
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post #1072 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-02-06, 11:10 PM
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That's the same SSD that I have but I was having some issues with it initially as after a few days my system would crash and refuse to boot. I upgraded the firmware and all is well but with older firmware these SSDs had the tendency to have corruption issues.
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post #1073 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 01:42 AM
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All SandForce based SSDs need to be updated to the latest firmware. Newer ones should be OK but any older than a few months likely have a serious bug that causes data corruption and an eventual disk crash. I got hit with that on a Vertex 2 and it corrupted the O/S, making a restore from an older disk image necessary. That said, the Vertex Plus is Indilinx based so it won't have that particular bug. Indilinx based SSDs have their own issues though.

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