Hey Everyone. I have always pieced together computers from older out-of-the-box computers, but now I want to complete my first official build from start to finish. I feel like I have reached an end-point with my HP business microATX "piece together."
My girlfriend & I entertain often and we are looking to create a HTPC that will look great on the 60" plasma, serve as a great audio unit, but still serve as a graphic designer's main dream machine.
This is the list of parts I'm looking at:
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - $99
ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $49 (open box special)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model (with stock fan) - $164
(8GB of PC2 8500) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory X 2 - $94
GIGABYTE R465OC-1GI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $60
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - $110
Well I'm not really looking at gaming that much .... more for recording tv - storing movies - creating highlights/short video clips - serving as an entertainment system on the weekends.
I have already anticipated replacing the case fans & possibly adding a side fan. Also replacing the stock CPU fan.
The upgradability to 16GB of RAM & possible future replacement with a Quad Core is the reason for the board I have chosen. I probably will NOT go with the open box.
I agree with most of the recommendations made except for the quad core AMD. I was completely ready to make my purchase 3 weeks ago with a quad core AMD but changed my mind. All the research I've done points me to the belief that a dual core Intel will provide me with more power and provide quicker processes than the AMD quad. I am willing to sacrifice a few graphic advantages that AMD provides for quicker performance for programs and processes. Right?
The IT department at my company continues to recommend the E7400 over the E8400. I don't see myself overclocking this system much, if any.
With all of this said and recommendations made, I just can't imagine having 8GB of RAM!
I think you would be happier with a Phenom II if you are going that route, but it's certainly not a bad build. I know the onboard graphics will be enough for Blu-ray movies (1080p) but beyond that not sure.
Ok. All parts have been ordered & should be here by Saturday. This is what I have ahead of me. Good thing I got the g/f a spa day on Saturday so I can work!
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $99.99
ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
CORSAIR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $46.99
ASUS 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-22B1LT $27.99
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 Brisbane 2.9GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5600DOBOX $69.00
CRAPPY PROCESSOR I KNOW! I'm not keeping it! I am going to use it until I decide what cpu I really want.
I am SERIOUSLY considering the new Phenom II X3 720, but am also eager to see the price point on the new Phenom II X4 925. I can't find a lot of info on it though. Thoughts? X3 720 vs X4 925?
Also, after a little deeper research, I am seriously considering switching to this:
ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99
I have already been guaranteed a cash sale for the crappy Athlon X2 and ECS board (with $25 profit)! So I am contemplating going ahead and ordering the Asrock board regardless of the ECS' performance.