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Advices need: new HTPC build for game/TV/music

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December 16, 2009 3:46:47 AM

Hi all,

Sorry for not using the format, but I think this might be easier. I'm planning to build a HTPC (for the first time) connecting to my 46" LCD for gaming and mostly movies (lot of DVD rips) and musics. Eventually I will also get a tv tuner, but that's not urgent right now. I would eventually (maybe 2 months from when my HTPC is ready) get a $600 amplifier as well. So I have created 2 wish list on newegg below, can you please take a look at them? for any compatibility issues? any suggestions or ideas? Thanks a bunch. I haven't decided which wishlist i want? or maybe i can combine.




Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail
Model #:NSK2480
Item #:N82E16811129034
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$109.89 $109.89
1 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Model #:100283VXL
Item #:N82E16814102868
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$174.99 $174.99
1 LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA Model WH08LS20K - OEM
Model #:WH08LS20K
Item #:N82E16827136175
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$149.99 $149.99
1 GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Item #:N82E16813128397
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$89.99 $89.99
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-650TX
Item #:N82E16817139005
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card17-139-005

$159.99 -$61.00 Instant $98.99
1 AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
Model #:HDZ720WFGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103649
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$124.99 -$5.99 Instant $119.00
1 G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
Model #:F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO
Item #:N82E16820231318
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
Out Of Stock
Auto-Notify20-231-318
$97.99 $97.99
1 Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD15EADS
Item #:N82E16822136351
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$109.99 $109.99
Subtotal: $945.83


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December 16, 2009 1:34:36 PM

No, it's really not easier.

Switch the WD HDD for Samsung Spinpoint F3. They're faster, cheaper and quieter.

The 5750 is enough for media and light gaming, but if you play anything more GPU intensive, you should upgrade to a 5770.

Those Eco sticks are great. I'd put those in either build.

I'd go with the first build's main guts.
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December 16, 2009 2:04:57 PM

The parts of either setup are compatible. The PSU is overkill for HD 5750. It can even power HD 5970. For that gpu, it needs 450W. A 500W gives you some headroom for upgrading to HD 5870.

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450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

What's your budget? What parts are you reusing?
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December 16, 2009 4:01:53 PM

not reusing any parts. Budget around 700
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December 16, 2009 7:08:34 PM

Since 5770 is not too expensive, I think i'll use that over 5750 then.
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December 16, 2009 9:06:37 PM

I think i'm going with the first build adding the blue-ray below, and changign the HD to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.

LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm so using a 5770 instead? Any suggestion as to which one on newegg I should take?
Also , do you think the case in the second build is better? more quiet? i prefer quiet.

Do I also need a good sound card btw?

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December 17, 2009 12:51:23 PM

Affirmative on the HD 5770. A bit slower than the HD 4890 in some tests, but the 5000 is DX11.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

For PSU. This.

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

* Your Price:$49.85

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yep, The Antec case would be quieter cuz the whole front bezel is solid, blocking noise from going to the front.

Nope, you don't need a sound card. The modern onboard audio is decent. Can output to SPDIF. Look at the rear pictures of the mobos at newegg. Zoom in on the back panel.
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December 18, 2009 1:02:42 PM

I strongly recommend this cpu over the x3 if you're ripping dvds a lot. Quad cores will speed that up significantly.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
* Your Price:$99.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yep, any 450W PSU is enough for HD 5770. If you're concerned about power consumption, get a big psu like 600W so that the efficiency won't drop much under load. Most PSUs will drop efficiency under load to below the max rating. A good pc builder always puts in a psu bigger than the minimum.

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450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
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