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First Timer Budget Computer - HTPC light gaming

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March 17, 2010 5:43:40 PM

Thanks for taking the time to look and respond. I am looking to replace the internal workings of my existing computer, so with any luck I can reuse my existing case or power supply, along with other accessories. Hoping to stay under $500.

Main purpose is for a HTPC and light gaming computer. Here is what I have come up with. Does it work? Any suggestions on things to change?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$44.99

MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$159.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
$109.99

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail with AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail (COMBO)
$157.98

Subtotal: $472.95

Thanks
March 17, 2010 6:05:33 PM

One of the biggest problems you are going to run into if you're using an existing case on a computer that was bought from dell or hp or the like is cooling. Those cases were made for the internals inside them and once you put in components that output more heat, the thing will not work anymore. You might want to consider getting a cheap case if this is the scenario and take parts out of your old one to use in your new one. Also make a list of what you currently have so you know if it'll work well with your new components (if you have a crappy power supply, it's going to cause issues again with the newer components that require more power) Post that list on here and people will be able to help you much better on what to keep and what to replace.
March 17, 2010 6:12:48 PM

Hmm light gaming - what resolution? For hooking up to 720p/HD Ready LCD TVs actually something like a HD 4770/GTS 250/HD 4850 would cut it Heck i have peeps on HD4670s and dun mind toning down to medium on 720p and have really cool running/low power set ups
March 17, 2010 6:24:16 PM

The current case I have is a XION: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I have an updated power supply also)

This will be hooked up to my 1080p TV, playing movies at that resolution, games whatever resolution would work.

People at my office are telling me I should go with an Intel instead of an AMD because it will be more useful longer.
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