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March 10, 2010 3:13:47 AM

Could you guys please let me know what you think of this extreme budget build for a HTPC. I plan on using it mainly for streaming stuff from the internet but would like the option of being able to upgrade it if I wanted to play some games or whatnot.

Also would I just be better off buying a zino or something in that realm. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.










Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136098
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$47.99


MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130241
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$49.99



EDIMAX EW-7128G PCI Wireless Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16833315041
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$19.99


POWERCOLOR AX3450 256MD2-H Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814131119
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$34.99


A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16K - Retail
Item #: N82E16820211188
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$82.99


AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX245OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103687
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$60.99


HEC 6T Series 6T10BB Black 0.7mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
hec HP485D 485W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included

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HEC 6T Series 6T10BB Black 0.7mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811121071
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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

hec HP485D 485W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included - Retail
Item #: N82E16817339020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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

50 bucks




then 20 off shipping making it a grand total of 355 or so. Thanks again for the advice.

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March 10, 2010 3:29:25 AM

HTPC -
Check this build...

PSU + HDD - A high quality PSU with a good HDD
Corsair 400 + WD 320 - This Corsair 400W will be more reliable than that 485W PSU and also can handle more than that one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU + Mobo -
X3 425 + Biostar 785G
A Tri-Core + A good DDR3 mobo with 128MB onboard vRAM - You can totaly skip the graphics card as the onboard is powerful enough for 1080p decode and playback...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2GB DDR3 - IMO 2GB would suffice for your requirements...You can anyways add 2GB more later on...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with the rest of the components -
$333 - More future proof with DDR3 and more upgradeable...
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March 10, 2010 3:37:02 AM

With that Mobo could I just cancel out the graphics card....then get something greater later? with good hdmi support for my 46 inch? But Thanks for the help so far. I love Tomhardware you guys are the best.
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March 10, 2010 3:40:56 AM

oh geez guess I should fully read what you said before I opened my mouth. Anyway so I am guessing a different case would be a better idea as well considering I never heard of that brand it was just a good deal. I've had luck with antec before and the 300s got free shipping atm
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March 10, 2010 3:45:15 AM

JUST EXACTLy WHAT I WAS GO'NNA SAY !!!

Kay, I am SO glad you looked all that stuff up, 'cause I didn't want to!

IDK if this is one of the new mobos with HYBRID integrated graphics but, if it is , u r gonna be rockin !!! The onboard graphics are hot and you can combine them with a PCIe X16 game card for multi-monitor and hotter game-play.

Nothing not to like .... is this one of those new-fangled HYBRID thinga-ma-jobbers ???

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March 10, 2010 3:45:46 AM

^ Yes you can just cancel out that graphics card...
The size of the screen doesnt matter here...only the resolution does - which is 1080p(or lower) for nearly all the LCD TVs...
The onboard video chip on that mobo can playback/ decode an 1080p Video without any issues...And it does have a HDMI output...
But these boards lack in the gaming dept though...So if you want to game, then you would need a powerful video card...
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March 10, 2010 3:51:39 AM

And, if it does 1080P/BR-HD then that must mean it is HDCP compliant, as well.

They wouldn't have overlooked the decode logic.

= Al =
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March 10, 2010 3:56:23 AM

I just discovered the ASUS version, a few days back, it had USB3.0 AND SATA-III connectors too, but it was a bit more expensive .... But (for my budget) it is worth it.

up to 512MB shared video memory ? . . . Prolly.

Also PHENOM AM3 ... really amazing, at that price. Quite a step up (AthlonII?? Meh)

= Al =
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March 10, 2010 4:08:04 AM

^ Yes the 785G boards are HDCP compliant and pass 7.1 over the HDMI o/p...
And it is a very good option for an HTPC setup...
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March 10, 2010 4:17:46 AM

Wow just reading the enthusiasm Alvin makes me glad I put that stuff up there. I think I will do some looking into on a proper case (I hate being crowded) but looks like a nice setup for such a low price.
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March 10, 2010 4:28:04 AM

Man, Kay,

If I sent you to the store for a loaf of bread with $20, You'd come back with a month's worth of groceries, for a family of six, and 25$ in change!

You married ? I'll let YOU pick out the ring !

Monk,
Sorry to get so excited ... I am a gear snob who used to look at the little folks as "bottom feeders" but, just in this past week, Kay has amazed me (really) at what amazing capabilities can be had for "chump change" ... Really stunning!

ATOM/ION WHO ??? ... AMD is SO gonna kick INTELS arse on the low end, this product cycle .... ATOM? .... Schmattom !!

= Al =

Yes, I do have a full bistro mug of espresso sludge (did have) sitting right here ...
... gotta go boil some water. (hic ... blink-blink ... twitch ... shudder)

= Al =

spazzin'
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March 10, 2010 4:29:38 AM

I also heard that you can unlock the fourth core on the chip is that something that would be worth the risk to do? just out of curiosity how would you do it?
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March 10, 2010 4:33:33 AM

There is a brand new (little bit pricey) ASUS board that has a BIOS feature that "TRIES" to unlock "latent cores" in "CERTAIN CHIPS" ....

... I really think it might turn a triple core into a 4 or 5 core but I am guessing this refers to the 6core taping, which is just about to hit the street ... I don't believe (purely speculating) that it would do anything with what is "in channel", right now but ... keep us posted ... please !
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March 10, 2010 4:40:53 AM

Just from a quick search I saw some have done it by changing to hybrid mode then changing the acc to auto. but like you said i think it might be risky business. newegg had someone in the reviews mention it thats why i figured id bring it up.
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March 10, 2010 4:42:22 AM

^^Lolz...
I would take that as a compliment...And am not married and am a guy :p 

@a13monkey core unlock might work with that chip
But the issue that you might face is the CPU voltage...If the voltage needed is very much on the higher side, then it might cause heat problems...and also it is not sure that the unlock will be a 100% success...
But if you are able to unlock the core without much increase in stock voltages, then it is fine...
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/535501-amd-phenom-ii-...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
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March 10, 2010 4:48:04 AM

gkay09 said:
^^Lolz...
I would take that as a compliment...And am not married and am a guy :p 



LOL! Damn! I guess one of us is gonna have to get an operation !! (darned ambiguous names! ... how bout "PAT"?).

But you can still pick out my mobo ...

>>= arrow =>


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March 10, 2010 4:51:30 AM

^ Why not the other way around :p 

And I will just stick to picking out a mobo for you :p 
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March 10, 2010 4:52:39 AM

ALSO, one of those ASUS "Unlocker Pro" boards has USB3.0 + SATA-III and one does not have the USB ...

... Further, the product blurb talks about a 4X bridge which, I suspect, means that enabling the USB3 and SATA-III ports will prolly disable the 4X slot ... just guessing but I've heard of some "future-port" boards, by ASUS that do that and there might be a GIGABYTE board that gives you the ports but does not trump the 4x slot ...
... totally not sure about any of that but find out, if it matters to you.

= Al =
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March 10, 2010 5:01:23 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Why not the other way around :p 

And I will just stick to picking out a mobo for you :p 



Sure ... consider it done! PUCKER UP, "SNOOGUMS" . . .


http://www.halloweencostumes4u.com/prods/rub15839.html


Feels really great to get outta that stinky ol' EVA suit and back into something . . . "comfy"

= Alvina? = ... no ... um ... = Alvirina? = ... naw ... uh .. = Alweena? = ... nope ... = Ally-Anne? = .. aw, screw it !

= Al =
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March 17, 2010 8:16:52 PM

Its been a bit but I ran into this deal from mwave.........
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=S...

add the same hdd and 15 wifi card then I got basically the same thing for sub 300. Maybe throw in a new psu after this one breaks in any given amount of time but still 300 dollars. What do you think?
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March 18, 2010 2:54:59 AM

I would go with the 1st one...
The second one would require you to add and Video card and the mobo chipset is pretty dated...
But the 1st one looks very good except for the PSU...
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March 18, 2010 3:13:00 AM

The 790 boards have ACC which unlocks the cores.
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