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First HTPC/Gaming Build Attempt

I'm looking at building my first HTPC/Gaming build for the living room. Having not built a system since about 1993 I've gotten a bit overwhelmed. The primary purpose of the machine is to stream Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, and video files off disk. I also want to have enough power to run games like Civ V at high settings and most other games at medium (I'm not concerned with Crysis 3 at max or anything). I've included a link to my parts list below. If anyone has any suggestions they would be appreciated. I'm picking up the parts this month and the cheaper the better but I'm trying to stay below $1100. Thanks.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Laertus/saved/21U6

Edit: Sorry about that, the parts are here now.
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  1. You didn't link your parts.
  2. mastrom101 said:
    You didn't link your parts.


    I edited the original post to include the parts link. Sorry about that.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($99.59 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $834.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 21:01 EDT-0400)

    Your build looked good, however.
  4. mastrom101 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($99.59 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $834.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 21:01 EDT-0400)

    Your build looked good, however.


    So, is there no reason to go with a higher-efficiency power supply? I just thought that since the unit would be on most of the time, as an HTPC unit, that the higher efficiency would be better. Also, do you think the stock case fans and the added CPU fan will be sufficient cooling?
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone GD06B HTPC Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master i500 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $842.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 21:42 EDT-0400)

    This is the updated build so far. I switched out to the faster HDD you recommended and went with a lower-rated power supply. I couldn't use the power supply you suggested because, from what I understand, there's not enough room in this case for both a modular PS and the drives if I use the drive bays in the front. I stuck with the case just for aesthetic reasons. As far as I can tell everything else will fit in size-wise. I appreciate the helpful input so far, thanks.
  6. Laertus said:
    mastrom101 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($99.59 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $834.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 21:01 EDT-0400)

    Your build looked good, however.


    So, is there no reason to go with a higher-efficiency power supply? I just thought that since the unit would be on most of the time, as an HTPC unit, that the higher efficiency would be better. Also, do you think the stock case fans and the added CPU fan will be sufficient cooling?


    It's not really necessary, but you can definitely get it! It should be enough cooling, if not, buy another fan down the road.
  7. Best answer
    Laertus said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone GD06B HTPC Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master i500 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $842.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 21:42 EDT-0400)

    This is the updated build so far. I switched out to the faster HDD you recommended and went with a lower-rated power supply. I couldn't use the power supply you suggested because, from what I understand, there's not enough room in this case for both a modular PS and the drives if I use the drive bays in the front. I stuck with the case just for aesthetic reasons. As far as I can tell everything else will fit in size-wise. I appreciate the helpful input so far, thanks.


    Why would a modular PSU take up more space? if anything, you'll reduce the amount of wires in the case. The case doesn't matter too much, so go with the other one if it's worth the extra money to you.
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