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Advice on AVA Direct Build, No Gaming, function as HTPC

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September 5, 2013 9:58:15 PM

I appreciate your time in looking over my build.

You guys are simply amazing. I've spent a lot of time here and on other boards. I've received a great education, but I don't think I've got the patience for a self-build.

I want something 1) to watch 1080p video 2) to stream TV from TV network sites, Comedy Central, etc. I'd like it to be relatively quiet w/o going all Felix Unger on it.

I'm considering a new machine because of GPU issues when running YouTube or a music player, playing/pausing a video player like KMP or VLC, and running a slideshow all at the same time.

I need a discrete graphics card, yes? But do I need a sound card?


I'm looking at two:

1) HTPC Phenom™ II AM3 Desktop Home Theater Computer System


SILVERSTONE Milo ML03B Black HTPC Chassis, mATX, 2x 3.5", 4x LP Slots, No PSU, Aluminum/Steel

HEC X-Power 585 585W Power Supply, 24-pin ATX12V, Dual 80mm Fans, OEM

AMD Athlon™ II X2 270 Dual-Core 3.4GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 2MB L2 cache, 65W, 45nm, Retail

GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3, AM3+, AMD® 880G, DDR3-1800 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 10 /5, VGA+DVI+HDMI, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, mATX, Retail

KINGSTON 8GB (2 x 4GB) HyperX Blu PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

SEAGATE 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache

MSI N8400GS-MD1GD3H/LP, GeForce® 8400 GS (Fanless) 520MHz, 1GB DDR3 1000MHz, PCIe x16, DVI+HDMI+VGA, Full-height/Low-profile, Retail

CREATIVE Sound Blaster® Audigy® SE, 7.1 channels, 24-bit, 96KHz, PCI, OEM

ADESSO Windows 7 / Vista™ Remote Control, IR wireless, USB receiver, Retail

D-LINK DWA-548 Wireless N300 Desktop Adapter, IEEE 802.11g/n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM w/ Media

or

2) SILENT PC A8 / A6 A75 Low-Noise Custom Computer System



• NZXT H2 Classic Silent Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Plastic/Steel
• HEC X-Power 585 585W Power Supply, 24-pin ATX12V, Dual 80mm Fans, OEM
• ASUS F1A55-M LX PLUS R2.0, FM1, AMD® A55, DDR3-2250 (O.C.) 32GB /2, PCIe x16, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 10 /6, VGA, HDA, GbLAN, mATX, Retail
• AMD Fusion A8-3870K Quad-Core 3.0GHz, HD Graphics, FM1, 4MB L2 cache, 100W, 32nm, Retail
• CRUCIAL 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
• SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 6450 (Fanless) 625MHz, 1GB DDR3 1334MHz, PCIe x16, VGA + DVI + HDMI, Retail
• SEAGATE 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
• RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
• TENDA W322P Wireless PCI Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2.4Ghz, 300Mbps, PCI, Retail
• CREATIVE Sound Blaster® Audigy® SE, 7.1 channels, 24-bit, 96KHz, PCI, OEM
• COMPUTER ACCESSORY Lamptron Noise Reduction Kit
• NEXUS 2 x SFM-1000 Silicon Fan Mounts for Closed Chassis Fans, 8pcs
• MICROSOFT Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM w/ Media
• WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

?

both about $700 plus shipping

Again, many thanks.
September 5, 2013 10:02:37 PM

Both build are using old parts... and are overpriced by a LOT. I know that you don't want to build one yourself... but you know... you could get something that performs better for about half the price... I'm not recommending you any of those two.
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September 6, 2013 8:10:04 AM

Thanks, Seladon. I think so, too. I've seen a lot of impressive, low-priced builds here. Other than small screwdrivers, is there anything else I need, tools-wise? I've seen posts about materials for affixing fans, etc. I appreciate the advice.
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September 6, 2013 8:20:36 AM

No, you shouldn't need anything else. Your budget is $700 right ? Or you want it to get lower ?
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September 6, 2013 4:16:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($116.48 @ Mac Mall)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Antec TrueQuiet 120 35.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: Antec TrueQuiet 120 35.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $545.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-06 19:15 EDT-0400)

If you decide to build it yourself.
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September 7, 2013 10:40:04 AM

Thanks, Seladon and Mastrom. I've been looking at some less costly builds, but for a few extra bucks, that looks like a powerful, quiet setup that will handle any video/photo challenges I throw at it.

I appreciate the time and expertise that went into it, Mastrom.
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September 7, 2013 10:46:31 AM

FireflyTees1 said:
Thanks, Seladon and Mastrom. I've been looking at some less costly builds, but for a few extra bucks, that looks like a powerful, quiet setup that will handle any video/photo challenges I throw at it.

I appreciate the time and expertise that went into it, Mastrom.


I've built hundreds of systems before and could help if you gave me a budget :) 
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