HTPC Build

I wanted to build a small PC to stream Netflix and Youtube on a TV. Looking into options, I first looked at purpose-built dongles, PCs. I didn’t like how stripped down their OS was, limited to certain “apps”, locked out of admin privileges. I decided to build my own x86 based HTPC. This would provide the most customization potential.

The build had to be compact, low-cost, powerful enough for video, and energy efficient.

Compact – Same size as other set-top boxes

Powerful – At least a quad-core processor at over 1.5GHz

Energy efficient – Consume under 50W

PartManufacturerPart NumberPrice
Motherboard (Used)ECSECS BAT-I2/J1900 V1.0$40.00
Mounting bracketMini-BoxN/A$2.00
Ram (used)ADATAAM1L16BC8R2-B1JS$30.00
HDD (found)OCZOCZSSD2-2VTX60G$25.00
19V Power supply (used)N/AN/A$10.00
Female-Female SATA CableN/AN/A$4.75
SATA Cable (found)N/AN/A$2.00
40mm Silent case fanBlacknoiseNoise Blocker XM2 $11.00