New HTPC

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Chillin, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Hey guys,

    I just decided to build a new HTPC for my parents. I settled on the following specs to keep it low cost while allowing it to run programs for a very long time to come:

    AMD A8-5800K
    Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H
    G.Skill Ares 2x4GB DDR3-1600
    And a reused Seagate 160GB 7200RPM SATA (which might be changed to an SSD in the near future) and Samsung F4 2TB
    Frontier Opera OP17A-BK/SV HTPC case with 400w PSU
    Win 7 Ultimate x64

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    Pics and benches to come soon. In particular, Smooth Video Project.
     
  2. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    the case looks very geeky!
     
  3. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    It actually looks very refined in person, lots of glossy plastic. Fits right in with most DVD players and all, it also doesn't have the blue light strip (at least my version doesn't).

    Build quality is absolute sh!t, but you get what you pay for and I for one couldn't care less about build quality on something that is never going to be moved or handled in any way.... though I do wish the front buttons felt a bit more firm. And for $69 (computer equipment is on average 15%-30% more expensive where I live) for an HTPC case and a 400w PSU, it's a steal.

    It also nicely hides away on the bottom right front a panel that is push opened and accesses a 3.5" bay (card reader, etc) and two USB ports.

    Did I mention that it can handle full size ATX boards and PSII power supplies?
     
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  4. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Here is the SVP Mark 3.03a result. All driver profiles were on HQ and the latest drivers available (Beta11):

    Test summary
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    Date: 2012-12-09T17:31:38
    CPU: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon HD Graphics @3593 MHz [4 threads]
    GPU: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 7560D [ver.1084.2]
    Mode: FHD + GPU [9 threads]

    Overall scores
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    Synthetic CPU: MC1095
    Synthetic GPU: MG2128
    Real-life: FG1376

    Details: synthetic
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    CPU: compose (single-threaded): 328
    CPU: compose (multi-threaded): 1128
    CPU: search (single-threaded): 415
    CPU: search (multi-threaded): 1064
    GPU: system -> GPU transfer: 500
    GPU: GPU -> system transfer: 692
    GPU: calculations: 563
    GPU: total score: 2486

    Details: real-life /FHD
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    decode video: 7.46x (179.0 fps)
    48 fps - vectors search: 0.79x (37.8 fps)
    60 fps - frame composition: 1.70x (102.2 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] fastest: 3.06x (146.7 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] simple 1: 2.23x (107.0 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] good: 1.19x (71.3 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] high: 0.97x (58.0 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] highest: 0.44x (26.5 fps)
    72 fps - [SVP] simple 2: 1.97x (141.8 fps)

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    Real Life 720pHD:

    Test summary
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    Date: 2012-12-09T17:37:07
    CPU: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon HD Graphics @3593 MHz [4 threads]
    GPU: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 7560D [ver.1084.2]
    Mode: HD + GPU [9 threads]

    Overall scores
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    Synthetic CPU: MC1095
    Synthetic GPU: MG2128
    Real-life: HG2986

    Details: synthetic
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    CPU: compose (single-threaded): 328
    CPU: compose (multi-threaded): 1128
    CPU: search (single-threaded): 415
    CPU: search (multi-threaded): 1064
    GPU: system -> GPU transfer: 500
    GPU: GPU -> system transfer: 692
    GPU: calculations: 563
    GPU: total score: 2486

    Details: real-life /HD
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    decode video: 16.15x (387.6 fps)
    48 fps - vectors search: 1.78x (85.4 fps)
    60 fps - frame composition: 3.53x (212.1 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] fastest: 6.30x (302.3 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] simple 1: 4.90x (235.0 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] good: 2.67x (160.1 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] high: 2.11x (126.6 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] highest: 1.01x (60.8 fps)
    72 fps - [SVP] simple 2: 4.03x (290.1 fps)
     
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  5. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    And just for a point of comparison, this is my system on the left in the same benchmark:

    Test summary
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    Date: 2012-12-10T21:14:43
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @3300 MHz [4 threads]
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 [ver.310.70]
    Mode: FHD + GPU [9 threads]

    Overall scores
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    Synthetic CPU: MC2109
    Synthetic GPU: MG3702
    Real-life: FG2439

    Details: synthetic
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    CPU: compose (single-threaded): 656
    CPU: compose (multi-threaded): 2452
    CPU: search (single-threaded): 479
    CPU: search (multi-threaded): 1851
    GPU: system -> GPU transfer: 1477
    GPU: GPU -> system transfer: 1740
    GPU: calculations: 1114
    GPU: total score: 5736

    Details: real-life /FHD
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    decode video: 13.44x (322.6 fps)
    48 fps - vectors search: 1.29x (62.1 fps)
    60 fps - frame composition: 3.34x (200.6 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] fastest: 5.64x (270.9 fps)
    48 fps - [SVP] simple 1: 3.99x (191.4 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] good: 2.05x (122.8 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] high: 1.64x (98.4 fps)
    60 fps - [SVP] highest: 0.77x (46.0 fps)
    72 fps - [SVP] simple 2: 3.64x (262.3 fps)
     
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    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Here's the crap PSU I replaced right away, thing weighed nothing:
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    And here is where I had a problem. On the power button, only one of the two power cables was stripped, I just stripped the other one manually and held it down with electric tape.
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    Here is a close up of the power switch:
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