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December 8, 2008 6:33:49 PM

Im looking to build a very cheap HTPC/Gamer

GIGABYTE LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $90
If i never Crossfire do i need p45 or is p35 good enough

MSI Radeon HD 4670 512MB $65

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz $82

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $25

Monitor is a 1080p Television.

Sound? Is the onboard sound going to be good enough to send to a
receiver or do i need a sound card.

The rest comes from garage sales and systems given to me
that are older

HD I already have a couple

CASE I already have a huge old case $0

PS I already have a 400w $0
Question If i have another 350w ps can i use them both together?
Use one to power a graphics card and on for hard drives and such?

DVD I have one


What my idea is that i will put this behind the wall of my living room and just have
a small USB hub for an external HD and wireless keyboard and mouse in the living room.
I would like it quiet because there is a bedroom where the pc will be. But noise isnt a super
huge issue.

I want to be able to save my movies to the external HD and just watch those and play a bit older
games on the TV.

My budget is very limited.

Any advice would be appreciated.


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December 8, 2008 8:03:15 PM

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The above is a build I was just playing around with today. I was in a class earlier today and a fellow classmate, while explaining a project he completed, said that you could not build a decent computer for $500. His words were "junk computer." Knowing he was wrong, I set out for fun to see what could be had for $500. Since his project only included intel products i restrained myself to that as well. This was more oriented to be a gaming rather than media comptuer although the graphics card is rather weak for gaming anyways. For a media computer, you could remove the products you already have like powersupply (make sure it has the correct cpu connector), Hard drive and case etc. and replace them with a TV tuner and perhaps a 1 TB drive.

Given what I just said, I would still recommend Slomo4shO's suggestion of an AMD build. A good motherboard and processor will be less than $150 easily. That alone will save plenty of money.

Off the top of my head, I would get X2 5000, decent 780G motherboard, 1TB drive, 2GB Ram, Vista Home premium and that should run you easily less than $400. Throw in a cheap Blu-Ray drive and your still under $500.

If you can explicitly state your budget it will be easier to recommend excellehnt price/performance parts.

When you say gaming, what games are you planning on playing? Gaming and Media pc's tend to be at opposite ends of the spectrum in my mind.
December 8, 2008 8:24:03 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will probably switch to the AMD combo because that will save alot of money.

My max budget is $300 but if it was cheaper i would be happy. I want enough processor power to decode blue ray and such and any other decoding that an htpc does.

I have a dvd drive but want to get a blue-ray when they get a bit cheaper. Around 50 bucks and when our local video store gets more blue-rays in.

Is onboard sound good enough for an htpc?

I play Warhammer, Counter Strike Source, Oblivion, and other games along those lines. I usually pick up older games from gamestop or ebay.

Thanks again for the help