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BIOSTAR A68I-350 Deluxe AMD Fusion Motherboard/CPU Combo + 8GB (2x4GB) GSkill DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory EXPIRED

dvdapex 614 November 15, 2012 at 06:08 AM in Computers (8) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 11-15-2012 at 09:01 AM View Original Post
Newegg.com has BIOSTAR A68I-350 Deluxe AMD Fusion Motherboard/CPU Combo + 8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory (added to cart automatically) for $69.99 - $10 rebate = $59.99 with free shipping. Thanks dvdapex
Link for the G.Skill Memory (for reference)

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Edited November 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM by dvdapex
UPDATE: No rebate necessary now as it's $60.

link [newegg.com]

The included RAM is $40 if you were to purchase it, so (and it gets 5 Eggs with 1,062 reviews so it's not junk), so for an extra $20 you get a MB/CPU combo...

$10 rebate link [newegg.com]

I didn't see this posted (and "yes" I searched).

This is obviously for HTPC (more XBMC / OpenELEC [openelec.tv] I'm not sure about Netflix or HULU), MAME or "grandma" use, but it's a good start for a low-power usage client. The DOA reviews concern me a little, but there are many NewEgg reviewers that shouldn't be doing anything with computers, so I'll take a chance on this.

Model
BrandBIOSTAR
ModelA68I-350 Deluxe
Combo TypeMotherboard/CPU ComboBundle
CPUAMD Fusion APU 350D
With CoolerYesSupported CPU
CPU TypeAMD APUChipsets
North BridgeAMD A68Memory
Number of Memory Slots2×240pin
Memory StandardDDR3 1066/800
Maximum Memory Supported16GBExpansion Slots
PCI Express x161 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4)Storage Devices
SATA3 x SATA 6.0Gb/sOnboard Video
Onboard Video ChipsetAMD Radeon HD 6310 graphicsOnboard Audio
Audio ChipsetRealtek ALC662
Audio Channels6 ChannelsOnboard LAN
LAN ChipsetRealtek 8111F
LAN Speed10/100/1000MbpsRear Panel Ports
PS/22
Video PortsD-Sub
HDMI1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.02 x USB 2.0
USB 3.02 x USB 3.0
Audio Ports3 PortsInternal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB4 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors1 x Printer Header
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header
1 x CPU FAN Header
1 x System FAN Header
1 x Serial HeaderPhysical Spec
Form FactorMini ITX
Dimensions6.7" x 6.7"Features
FeaturesSocket BGA FT1

AMD A68 Chipset

AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics

Mini size (17 x 17cm ) for flexible use

Case + PSU which is often on sale for $35 or so (although it's currently $49): link [amazon.com]

Another case +PSU option which is currently $35 (thanks BinaryDemon): link [walmart.com]

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Quote from Mustardmakerdlx View Post :
I am seriously considering this for a Linux based (xbmc or openELEC) htpc. I have heard that the e350 is not great for Netflix HD streaming. Anyone have any personal experience? How about handling h.264 encoded 1080p files? The price is so tempting and if it isn't a good htpc I will find something to do with it.
I don't run Netflix, but I built an HTPC with the MSI flavor of this CPU. It works great. I have no problems with any media content that is located on my local network, that includes 1080p content.
I ran this with OpenELEC and now Windows 7 (only done because I wanted live streaming support and it is much easier to do in Windows than OpenELEC or Linux - but it can be done, just with a little more work/time than I wanted to invest).
I did this for just about the same price, I think my ram ran about $10 more about 5 months ago.

Quote from minli View Post :
It seems the CPU is "fused" onto the mobo. I mean can i take it off the motherboard when i want to upgrade the cpu ?
Soldered on. No replacement possible.

Quote from fuelvolts View Post :
Does the 350 need a fan? I've seen some mobos with just a heatsink.
With a good heatsink, you don't need a fan. But realize that changing it is not an easy process. I don't know how good the heatsink on this motherboard is.

Quote from grneal View Post :
Does someone have a good link on the reasons to build an HTPC over let's say a Roku or tricked out PS3 or other media device?
It really depends on your own use/needs. I used to rock a WDTV Live (and loved and advocated for it). I just found after a while, it started to run short for my own needs. So I built an HTPC. It does all I need and I know that a little more work, I can add functionality that I find I need in the future.

So really it comes down to: Does the PS3 or Roku do what you need or does an HTPC seem more along your needs? And like someone else said, that is a question you need to answer.

BTW - to those knocking the E350 - for an HTPC, this processor does it's job. There are better, and it does have it's limitations (I don't know if it can handle 3D-1080p). But it does it's job admirably. And at a price point that is really hard to beat.
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Quote from horrido View Post :
For me, biggest value of my HTPC is automatic recording of over the air TV broadcast, and the free TV guide.
What card and software do you use to do this?
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#63
FYI. A T7200 Core 2 Duo (ca. 2006) plays Netflix HD streams and complex 1080p MKVs quite capably, with only the help of a lowly Intel GMA 950.

Quote from sd444 View Post :
Spend double the price. Smilie A product that is two generations behind should lose when compared.
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FYI E-300, E-350, E-450, E1-1200, E2-1800 are all two year old products and EOL. Quadcore kabini is coming in <6 months which will perform around Trinity.
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Quote from grneal View Post :
Does someone have a good link on the reasons to build an HTPC over let's say a Roku or tricked out PS3 or other media device?
http://www.htpc-reviews.com/time-...theater-pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T970YM3w1LY

Some of the benefits are:

Upgradeable
Unlimited media formats
Gaming / Emulators (nintendo, etc.)
Remote/Control options (control with smartphone/tablet for example)
Integrated Storage or via network
Option for built in tv tuner
Torrent/Download capable
Customizable Interface
Mature (things like XBMC are extremely mature and polished)
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Quote from Mustardmakerdlx View Post :
I am seriously considering this for a Linux based (xbmc or openELEC) htpc. I have heard that the e350 is not great for Netflix HD streaming. Anyone have any personal experience? How about handling h.264 encoded 1080p files? The price is so tempting and if it isn't a good htpc I will find something to do with it.

You will have to run a vm with widows to do Netflix on Linux. This CPU would accomplish this poorly.
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I have one HP PC 242n, something like that. I want to use the case and this type of mother board and cpu combo. Any ideas, I hate the idea of junking a working PC.
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Quote from jamesbodden View Post :
Depends your looking out for deals. I got a celeron g540 (40 bucks) and a ecs micro atx mb for (20ar) so for me it was about the same.

I was giving non sale prices so it can be useful anytime.

Now this quadcore kabini maybe interesting if they can keep costs low
I hear you. I was able to snag deals for g630 systems from the lenovo outlet for <$140; however, those intel systems like yours require fans, larger (micro vs mini), etc.

The future of desktop PC's are going to be mini/nano itx machines as regular desktops just aren't selling. AMD looks to be positioning Kabini for that market.

AMD showing what is to come:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/0...-hands-on/

Intel is even scared shitless to make their own:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/...ction.html

$300-$350 barebone Intel NUC (not i3 for that price) vs $150-$200 barebone Kabini livebox
Performance: (Intel G-series vs Trinity)

I'll be replacing every desktop/htpc I have with kabini boxes.
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Quote from dragonheart View Post :
ok... i don't see a reason why i couldn't use a case fan on a cpu if i wanted to replace a loud one. thanks.
There was a time that CPU's had only very small heatsinks on them. Granted, those were the days of 586/K6/Pentium, but still.

There are lots of variables that I'm not addressing, for instance, you may be using an ultra skinny case, etc, but speaking on most generic terms, you could look for a bigger and quieter 120mm case fan that moves the same amount of air (bigger blades, less RPM, less noise, same volume since it's 50% larger) and get an adapter. They have a bunch of different ones, but this picture is just to illustrate : http://www.endpcnoise.com/e/images/c..._120mm_fan.jpg
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Was looking to upgrade my parents E6600 system, but this would appear to be slower than that cpu by benchmarks.
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Quote from sd444 View Post :
I hear you. I was able to snag deals for g630 systems from the lenovo outlet for <$140; however, those intel systems like yours require fans, larger (micro vs mini), etc.

The future of desktop PC's are going to be mini/nano itx machines as regular desktops just aren't selling. AMD looks to be positioning Kabini for that market.

AMD showing what is to come:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/0...-hands-on/

Intel is even scared shitless to make their own:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/...ction.html

$300-$350 barebone Intel NUC (not i3 for that price) vs $150-$200 barebone Kabini livebox
Performance: (Intel G-series vs Trinity)

I'll be replacing every desktop/htpc I have with kabini boxes.
These celerons can be put in mini itx board so form factor other than the nano box can be met. As far as the nano boxes I will trade size (especially a desktop) for upgradeability. The intel nuc box needs msata, and your chip upgrade options are limited. I assume the same will be for the new amd boxes. Also I don't forsee the kabini boxes being that cheap I have a feeling they will creep up to near 300
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Quote from examante View Post :
http://www.htpc-reviews.com/time-...theater-pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T970YM3w1LY

Some of the benefits are:

Upgradeable
Unlimited media formats
Gaming / Emulators (nintendo, etc.)
Remote/Control options (control with smartphone/tablet for example)
Integrated Storage or via network
Option for built in tv tuner
Torrent/Download capable
Customizable Interface
Mature (things like XBMC are extremely mature and polished)
+ No streaming content blocking (Roku requires hulu+ sub; free with a htpc)


The only thing holding back HTPC's are size/heat/noise. Intel fixed that with their NUC and AMD is matching performance with Kabini livebox soon.
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Quote from grneal View Post :
What card and software do you use to do this?
I use MS Media Center, and the tuner card - don't recall now. Been running MCE for about 10 years, and can't believe more people don't do this. Last year I had a cable card, but hated the cable bill, so dropped it. My motherboard/video card is just a hand-me-down from one of my old systems (I build a gaming system every 2-3 years). This is the 3rd or 4th build of my HTPC. For a remote I use the standard $15 MCE remote (which I find is the best). 30 sec skip forward means NO MORE COMMERCIALS!!!!

If I were to offer any advice, I say this. Get/build a stand alone machine, get it running well, and don't use it for anything else but an HTPC. Don't even brows the web on it. The only time I get on the web for is drivers and codecs (and Netflix, of course). MCE downloads the TV guide automatically. The last thing I want to do is work on a PC when I want to watch the latest episode of Nova.

MCE is a slick piece of software, and I'd buy it if it didn't already come with every copy of Windows.
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Quote from sd444 View Post :
+ No streaming content blocking (Roku requires hulu+ sub; free with a htpc)


The only thing holding back HTPC's are size/heat/noise. Intel fixed that with their NUC and AMD is matching performance with Kabini livebox soon.
Yeah, some are tiny though.

Under 3 inches tall and 8 inches across
http://www.amazon.com/Universal-M...=m350+case
http://www.amazon.com/Universal-C...=m350+case
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Quote from jamesbodden View Post :
These celerons can be put in mini itx board so form factor other than the nano box can be met. As far as the nano boxes I will trade size (especially a desktop) for upgradeability. The intel nuc box needs msata, and your chip upgrade options are limited. I assume the same will be for the new amd boxes. Also I don't forsee the kabini boxes being that cheap I have a feeling they will creep up to near 300
Intel NUC:
Quote :
Full size mini PCI Express with mSATA support
I don't think consumers are going to have a choice in size anymore as large boxes aren't selling as consumers and holding on too long. The consumer desktop is going to be "tabletized:" very tiny soldered MB/CPU or SoC x86 that doesn't allow for internal upgrades. PC manufacturers want that quick upgrade cycle back.

Is upgradeability going to be a problem? HDhomerun is an external tuner. Thunderbolt external HDD.

Ridiculous warranty:
Quote :
3-year warranty (BOX/BLK)
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i don't need one but i have a spare tower and PSU just bored. i could use it to play with freenas and/or vmware. i have used a similar setup in the past and it ran fine... decisions decisions...
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