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>$600 Basic System Build

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January 14, 2010 10:07:47 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $500-600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows (would like to be able to output from the video card via HDMI out to my TV which doesn't seat very far away), Recording music (it's pretty basic..I just use Cubase and never have more than 8-10 tracks), Basic browsing. (Youtube HD, Hulu, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, HDD.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Haven't tried before, but I believe I have enough general knowledge to give it a try.)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a workhorse..not looking to do much gaming necessarily. But like I stated earlier..It would be nice to have HTPC like capabilities..be able to download HD videos and play them on my TV which sits 6ft. away or so.

Thanks. :) 

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January 15, 2010 2:16:36 AM

Did I leave something out? Or is it too vague?

I'm really open to anything.
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January 15, 2010 3:19:40 AM

Nah, chances are nobody's seen your thread yet. Be patient and you'll get replies.

Does ATX or mATX matter to you? I was thinking 785G with onboard video would save you enough over a 790 motherboard to net you a good Phenom II quad core to put in this.... Let me see what I can do here.
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January 15, 2010 3:58:21 AM

Ok I built something that comes to $601 before shipping... It's a start and you can go cheaper on the processor to compensate for your budget. You could also go for a different choice of DVD/Blu-Ray than what I have as well. And I chose a case that's more than some others, but I LOVE this case.

Case: Antec P180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus 785G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Phenom II X4 955 Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Corsair XMS DDR 3 4GB Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray: LG Blu-Ray reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total before shipping and tax = $601

Hard drive and OS you said you had already so.

This processor is $15 less, also nice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 15, 2010 4:19:12 AM

Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate it.

ATX or mATX doesn't matter to me.

Would the onboard video on the 785G have any problem handling high quality HD video files? XvidHD etc..?

Also, No need for the Blu-Ray reader. All the video I playback will be downloaded..maybe I can look into one later. Also, forgot to mention in the first post..I have a Sony Dual Layer-DVD Burner that I'll be able to use in this build also. So, that frees up a bit of extra funds.

Thanks again.
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January 15, 2010 4:55:58 AM

Ya that HD4200 is a great IGP for an HTPC. I gotta check real quick but I think that the ASUS board as HDMI out as well, if not then the Gigabyte 785G probably has HDMI out.
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January 15, 2010 4:57:57 AM

OK I double checked the ASUS board, it does have HDMI out. I removed the Blu-Ray and DVD drives from the wish list on newegg, comes to $485 total.
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January 15, 2010 4:18:45 PM

On the cheap, you'd get by just fine with an Athlon II X3 435, but it looks pretty good.
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