Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

First timer ~$1K HTPC build

Last response: in Systems
September 6, 2009 3:15:14 PM

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 USD, give or take.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: One stop home media center. Movies, music, PVR, Netbased stuff like HULU and Netflix

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Receiver, tv, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, tiger direct, amazon


OVERCLOCKING: Don't know --- SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't know.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 50" Pioneer Plasma, 720P native/1080i - possible upgrade to 1080P within the year.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Denon AVR 2809 Ci receiver.

Hey everybody. I have been prowling around this forum for awhile getting a major education. This is my first attempt at building any kind of PC. I have a few things picked out and would like input if what I have chosen will work for what I need and need further advice on the remaining items. Here is what I have so far.

From what I have read the AMD 785 chipset deals with video better than Intel. I am going for onboard video so that I can avoid added heat from a discrete video card and the possibility of interference with HDD's. I also like the mATX (smaller board in a large case for better airflow?)

Hope this set works. Is there cheaper, better or do I need more or less?
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1600C9DHX - Retail:

I know, who does PCI sound cards right? I have a Denon receiver that decodes hidef audio from bitstream. This seems to be the only way to get bitstream out.
ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim:

OS HDD - Vista home premium
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Thermaltake DH 202


What I cannot decide on is a CPU and PSU.
Any suggestions on a CPU that will get the job done and then some?
And about all I know about the PSU is that it should be modular.

Thanks for any help.

More about : timer htpc build

September 6, 2009 5:12:30 PM

obsidian86 said:
for ram 1333 would do fine well cpu just bout any am3 dual or triple core would do there are low power versions like the 705e or 905e and low power drives caviar green or samsung eco green the thermaltake case has better cooling

Hi obsidian86. Thanks for the case suggestion. I was really on the fence with that.
But on the RAM you suggested. First off I wasn't paying attention to voltages and now that I check up on the GB mobo it requires RAM at 1.5V. My first choice was at 1.8 (Yikes) and the Gskill you suggest is 1.6V. I cannot find a friggin single stick that is suggested by GB on their qualified vendors list. If I were to get ram at 1.6V would that play nice with the mobo or should I really look for 1.5V?

I'll look into the low power drives a little closer.
Related resources

Best solution

September 6, 2009 5:20:29 PM

amd is less voltage sensitive then intel any ddr3 should work work you can ajust voltages to your ram
September 7, 2009 12:57:27 AM

Allright then. I'll go with that ram.
Any ideas on a PSU and I think I am on my way.