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February 13, 2010 2:58:20 PM



Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

$104.99


Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
$189.98
-$20.00 Combo
$12.00 Mail-in Rebate
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

$131.98


AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

$183.99
-$15.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$168.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK

$278.98
$13.00 Instant
-$17.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$248.98

Grand Total: $724.93

Minus $72.00 in rebates brings total to $650ish


Planning o overclocking the 630 since it i snot a big deal and no extra voltage is needed to bring it up to 3.4gHz

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February 13, 2010 3:05:05 PM

get the f3, or seagate 7200.12 hard drives, they are faster, cheaper, safer...and besides that, great build, couldnt do much better myself...also, if you intend to oc, better get the hyper 212, unless you already have a cooler. also might want to consider a better mobo, as that one cant really xfire, and you might want to add a second 5770, as it isnt a terribly powerful gpu (still extremely goo though, almost as good as a 4890)
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February 13, 2010 4:24:39 PM

looking at cpu coolers as we speak. PC will be mainly used for HTPC so i don't think crossfire is needed. what is a good am3 crossfire board? (asus m4785td evo v)
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February 13, 2010 4:58:17 PM

for the board, do you need crossfire, or would you rather sata 6 and usb 3?
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February 13, 2010 7:29:47 PM

i have a ps3, so i don't think gaming will be an issue. I just want to make sure that i get the best htpc experience. Everybody is telling me that this system should do all that i need it to do. I do not want to start off behind.
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February 13, 2010 9:03:19 PM

o well in that case, then yes, this should be fine...everything is great :) 
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February 14, 2010 1:46:02 AM

OCZ RAM is rather fickle. Some Platinums and Golds will not work many mobos, not because they are dysfunctional but because they aren't compatible. Have a look at some G Skill RAM.

Are you getting the AII 620 or 630? You mentioned both. The 630 is only $2 more for a 200MHz increase, so go with that.

Last thing, if you don't plan to game on this PC, you don't need a 5770. A 5570 or even a 5450 will be sufficient for all your HTPC needs.
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February 14, 2010 2:05:27 AM

Probably getting the 630 and overclocking it to 3.4gHz. Considered getting 555 and overclocking and unlocking it, but i am unsre about its performance against the safer 630. Gigas website said the ram should work fine with the mobo i have chosen. I know it has a bad rap but i think it is part misinformation and lacking of proper install from what i have read. Wil look into other video cards, but i am getting the HIS4770 with 4gB of DDR3 1333 10666 w/777 cas lat. for 238.00 minus 30.00 mail in rebate, so that will be hard to beat. I have an important queation. What is more important for transcoding/encoding? Better CPU or GPU. It seems the answer is CPU. If this is so, Dual or quad ? Is the i5 750 worth the extra money. Maye i can save by getting lesser video ard.
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February 20, 2010 11:58:44 PM

Best answer selected by buzzforb.
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