$750 HTPC/Gaming Rig


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HTPC, reintroduction into desktop gaming, general use (web/simple photo editing)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HDD, Optical Drives, keyboard/mouse, monitor (will be using 19" LCD AND connecting to 61" DLP through HDMI)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None, am familiar with Newegg/TigerDirect so that is what I have used



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this system to last a few years (previous system is over 5 years old) so a little overkill is ok if it allows the system to grow. I chose some of the components b/c of Direct x 11 and USB 3.0, I don't know if these are big deals, just trying to think ahead. I will be using this computer as a media center connected to an HDTV and as a desktop system on a standard monitor depending on what I am doing (have 19" might go bigger ~ 23"). I also have a few SATA HDDs (4 or 5) laying around that I am going to plug in so I need connections for these.


Intel Core i5 750 BX80605I5750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail - $189.99 (after rebates)

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $122.86 (after rebates and shipping)

XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI - $179.99

Corsair TX650W 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 120mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready, 80Plus - $94.99 (after rebates)

OCZ Intel Extreme Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) - $105.99 (after rebate)

Apevia X-DREAMER3-BK X-DREAMER3 Mid Tower Case - ATX, mATX, Black - $64.99

Total $ 758.81

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  1. very good setup wouldn't change that much except:


    get this ram its 1.35 volts and probably in stock will yield about the same performance and save money.

    also the apevia cases normally are crap soooo... i would definitely pick this one


    same price, way better case and quality

    but besides that there isn't much better stuff to get :)
  2. well... my first thought is that your motherboard is incompatible with your processor.
    for an i5 you need a socket 1156. also if you want it to last that long i'd go for a motherboard that will do crossfire, so you can add another down the road and extend it's life span.
  3. wow didn't catch that look at this combo deal then:


    that gets you a great motherboard that is very future proof
  4. You are right - Posted the wrong link (too many tabs)

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $160

    Ups the price a bit, but I can deal with that.
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