micro ATX HTPC for around 15k

Discussion in 'PC Buying Advice' started by scarezebra, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    I am looking forward to building an HTPC.

    Sole purpose: run XBMC 11, Downloading torrents, Watch 1080p videos

    I will be connecting the HTPC via HDMI to an AVR. I will be placing the case horizontally since my present setup won't allow for a vertical cabinet. I want it to be silent and to have low power consumption since it will be ON most of the time. And It has to be really compact.

    Also I would like to be able to control XBMC using my Harmony remote.
    1. Q: What is your budget?
      1. 15k (I am not sure whether this is enuff but I am willing stretch a bit max 2k)
    2. Q: What is your existing hardware configuration (component name - component brand and model)
      1. None
    3. Q: Which hardware component are you looking to buy (component name)?
      1. CPU- Any will do
      2. Motherboard - micro ATX
      3. GPU - if required to run 1080p videos (else built in GPU would also do)
      4. Micro ATX cabinet +PSU (cheapest available)
      5. RAM: 2 GB
      6. HDD: 1 TB
      7. IR receiver
    4. Q: Is this going to be your final configuration or you would be adding/upgrading a component in near future. If yes then please mention when and which component
      1. Might add a blu-ray reader a few months down the line
    5. Q: Where will you buy this hardware? (Online/City/TE Dealer)
      1. Mumbai
      2. Open to online purchase
    6. Q: Would you consider buying a second hand hardware from the TE market
      1. Yes
    7. Q: What is your intended use for this PC/hardware
      1. HTPC
      2. Download rig, 24x7 operation
      3. Watching HD movies
    8. Q: Do you have any brand preference or dislike? Please name them and the reason for your preference/dislike.
      1. None
    9. Q: What is your preferred monitor resolution for gaming and normal usage
      1. Desktop - 1080p (I am using a Panasonic P50V20)
    10. Q: Are you looking to overclock?
      1. No
    11. Q: Which operating system do you intend to use with this configuration?
      1. XBMCbuntu

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Jakob

    Jakob Well-Known Member
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  3. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    ^^thanks buddy... Everything fits right within my budget.. :)

    just one problem though, the cabinet seems to be a but tall... My current entertainment unit would not ffit anything taller than 13 cm ... I will try to find something that Is a bit shorter or else i will have to place the cabinet outside ... :p

    Thanks again...
     
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  4. Jakob

    Jakob Well-Known Member
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    M-ATX cases are expensive and more than your budget so i've given the low cost good quality case,it's upto you to find or put the case outside or not.
     
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  5. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    Oh damn!!! [​IMG] Yeah I guess the budget is more of a constraint that the size... Thanks man ..
     
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  6. Marcus Fenix

    Marcus Fenix Active Member
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  7. ALPHA17

    ALPHA17 Big man with a mouth
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    Better than the above two offerings is the Cooler Master eLite 100 ~3500/- #[member='asingh'] Sire has done a review on the same --> http://www.techencla...-24-x-7-dl-rig/.

    OP Sire, for your usage pattern I think a standard AMD Bobcat based RIG will be sufficient --

    Bobcat CPU + mini-ITX motherboard [the E-350 is fused onto the motherboard] ~7500/-

    [rest same configuration as Jakob]

    The above RIG will be able to play HD movies and will consume lesser power to boot.

    hope this helps, Cheers!!
     
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  8. boomshankar

    boomshankar Active Member
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    Chk out the [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Cooler Master Elite 360 - ~2k [/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Perfect quality budget cabinet for HTPC, I'm actually currently using the same

    Review by[/font]
    JayMathers

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    -Edit--

    just seen ur 13cm requirement....i think this^ is almost 15cm..
     
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  9. Marcus Fenix

    Marcus Fenix Active Member
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    Elite 360 has dimensions of (W) 148 x (H) 360 x (D) 439 mm which are more than 130mm specified by the OP.

    BTW Elite 100 is the first sleek HTPC cabinet that comes to mind but I suggested that Cheapo Nettop cabby as the total budget is 15k
     
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  10. Leshy

    Leshy Well-Known Member
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    sorry for hijacking this thread but i am also need the same requirement [​IMG]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]AMD A6-3500-4k[HD6530 inbuilt][/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]GIGABYTE (pls. suggest a good board with HDMI)[/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Corsair Value ram 4gb-1.2k[/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Fsp Sagaii 400W-1.8k[/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Segate 500GB-4k[/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Silverstone Sugo Series SG02B-F00020-4k [/font]

    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]dont mind extending the budget [/font]
     
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  11. ALPHA17

    ALPHA17 Big man with a mouth
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    Why don't you start a fresh thread Sire?

    Fill up the template and we might be able to tailor a better deal for you because you said you do not mind extending the budget. Cheers!!
     
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  12. stalker

    stalker Well-Known Member
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    Alternative perhaps, but please don't call the elite better than the Sugo. The Sugo is in a different plane altogether.
     
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  13. ALPHA17

    ALPHA17 Big man with a mouth
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    Sire, Considering OP's requirement the SUGO is too large, I am not saying it is bad. But current requirements and conditions curtail us to promote the eLite 100 over other offerings.

    Hope this enunciates my stand clearly, Cheers!!
     
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  14. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    Thanks guys for all the suggestions [​IMG] ... I just went through the links mentioned above ... And it looks like Elite 100 is a really good option... is really compact as well.. I am bit of noob in the HTPC region.. So this Elite 100 cabinte would fit the A6 proccy+mobo combo without any issues right?
     
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  15. Jakob

    Jakob Well-Known Member
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    Yes it will.
     
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  16. vivek.krishnan

    vivek.krishnan Workaholic + Teetotaler + pfSense FTW.
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    Unless you wont be needing to add more peripherals in the machine, avoid the eLite. However, if thats all that you plan to keep, go for it.
     
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  17. babhishek

    babhishek Well-Known Member
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    just go for a zotacmag!

    why do u want to build one ?

    if u were playing hi end games i would have understood the effort behind building one, but for your usage, just get a mag!
     
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  18. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    ^^ Want to build one just for the fun of it.... I am in kind of a DIY mood these days... [​IMG]

    Just a small doubt .. If I go for the Elite 100; will the bundled 150 W PSU be sufficient for my use ?? would I need to change the PSU? IF yes, isn't the PSU for that cabinet a different from the normal ATX PSUs avaialble?

    Also I had forgotten to mention it earlier. I need to connect the HTPC to the AVR through HDMI.. So mobo/GPU with HDMI is what I want [​IMG]

    I have come across this mobo http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=558&tab=2 which has HDMI out ... and it costs around 3.3k in Flipkart (out of stock now). Is this a decent choice? Or any other mobos with HDMI out which I should check out?
     
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  19. ALPHA17

    ALPHA17 Big man with a mouth
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    Hope this helps, Cheers!!
     
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  20. scarezebra

    scarezebra Active Member
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    From the various suggestions that you guys are giving an from my own research its becoming more and more clear that i might have to chuck the idea of a compact case and just go ahead with a full sized one... Also the more I read the more I am getting tempted to increase my budget [​IMG] ...
     
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