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Windows 7: Self build media centre PC

16 May 2016   #1
CardinalRed

Win 7 Home 64 bit
 
 
Self build media centre PC

I'm about to come into some random bits of hardware and I've always wanted a media centre PC in my living room to connect to my TV. I've decided to try to build an SFF myself.

Main requirements are:

Small-ish, discrete (black, no flashy lights or windows)
No need for optical drive
Needs USB to connect external storage
HDMI output to connect direct to TV
Possibly (not essential) an optical output for sound into my soundbar

The chip I am getting is AM3+, so I was looking at this motherboard:

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Socket AM3+ VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard - Ebuyer

And this box:

IN Win BL641 300w Slim Desktop Black ATX 80 Plus - Ebuyer

I have a spare 120GB SSD and 2 DDR3 RAM sticks (8GB).

Am I right that I just need to find a power supply, graphics card, and then maybe some cooling?

Its main use will be playing media from the hard drives, Kodi, some very light gaming (talking browser level here) and some internet browsing.

Thanks!


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16 May 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The ddr2 ram is useless on this board
Quote:
Memory
- 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory (Note 1)
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Support for 1333+ (O.C.)/1066 MHz memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
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16 May 2016   #3
CardinalRed

Win 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
The ddr2 ram is useless on this board
Quote:
Memory
- 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory (Note 1)
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Support for 1333+ (O.C.)/1066 MHz memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Hi thanks.

It should say 2x DDR3 sticks sorry!

Will now edit.
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16 May 2016   #4
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

The case you linked comes with a PSU. That's often true for small cases like that. One thing to keep in mind though is availability of replacement PSUs should the original fail.

Onboard video may be enough for your usage, I'd try that before buying a GPU. If you do buy a GPU, make sure it's compatible with low-profile case.
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16 May 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Okay yep that will help
Although yea the case probably is going to have poor cooling too along with limited gpu options
I had one of those slim line cases they do bite so more intake and exhaust fans are needed.
Modifing old desktop machine in new case
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16 May 2016   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You should consider if relatively low cost devices like this meets your needs
WD TV - Media Player
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17 May 2016   #7
CardinalRed

Win 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Hi Mjf,

Strangely I do have one of those already and it works fine (except some issues with .ISO playback) - but this is more of a "what can I do with these bits of hardware" question, as selling them really does sound quite boring
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17 May 2016   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CardinalRed View Post
Hi Mjf,

Strangely I do have one of those already and it works fine (except some issues with .ISO playback) - but this is more of a "what can I do with these bits of hardware" question, as selling them really does sound quite boring
I've had one for years and I generally playback ISO and mkvs. Mine is a WD Gen 2 and haven't come across any iso playback issues.

I get your point on putting spare hardware to use - good luck with the project.
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