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$900-1000 HTPC/General Use PC--First Time Build

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March 17, 2010 10:55:56 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'll be ordering over the next month or two to try to get good deals before I build BUDGET RANGE: $900-1000 (computer only)) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media Center (BluRay Movies, Music), Internet, Not really into PC gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor: Samsung t240hd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS (Already have Windows 7)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Build

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, a little at least SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (currently own) + 1024x1280 (looking to buy a 17" as a second monitor)

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Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the USB 3.0 and the SATA 6Gb/s (in case I eventually get a SSD for the OS) Also, it's nice to future proof it a little

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

GPU: XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Doesn't need to be too flashy because I'm not a gamer, but should smoothly be able to handle two monitors

HDD: 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 2 x $97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR3 1600 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LG Black 8X BD-ROM $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not really sure about this

Current Total $905


Other than that, I'm planning on getting

AirPort Express + LAN switcher (so I can stream music wirelessly from my laptop, have wireless internet and printing on my laptop, and still have a Ethernet connection on my desktop)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G500 or Logitech MX518--although the G500 seems pretty expensive for my uses
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd Monitor: Maybe a Dell 1708FP? I'll probably look for something somewhat cheap on eBay--But I think I want a 17" computer that I will rotate 90 degrees and extend my desktop. Height Adjust and pivot are a must.

Speakers: I'm thinking about a home theater in a box--I'll probably look on eBay to get a good deal. I am also going to use this as my TV (my monitor has a built in tuner), so I would like a receiver and surround sound.
Currently looking at: SONY HT-SS360 5.1-Channel Home Theater System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also considering getting a $25 DVD-R drive along side my BD-ROM

Let me know what you think--this will be my first time build.
March 18, 2010 5:28:15 AM

calebrr said:
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SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media Center (BluRay Movies, Music), Internet, Not really into PC gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor: Samsung t240hd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS (Already have Windows 7)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (currently own) + 1024x1280 (looking to buy a 17" as a second monitor)

Let me know what you think--this will be my first time build.


There really is no need to splash on *any* sort of high end X4 for your uses and if i were u (and open to non Intel solutions) i'd hit

AthlonII X3 425 with 890GX with the native USB/SATA 3 support? 2GB RAM seems plenty enuff as well and multi display is a can do but via

1 x Digital out and (DVI/HDMI)
1 x Analogue out (VGA)

on that HD 4290 IGP

$584 AR (install 120mm for front/intake)


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April 1, 2010 12:26:40 AM

Thanks for all the help. I really haven't really looked into AMD too much, but maybe I should give it a reconsider. Good point though, that I don't really need to get too nice of a processor. And if I save some money on the higher end components that I was planning on buying, maybe I can invest in some nicer speakers.
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April 1, 2010 12:28:38 AM

Although I will be looking for a mobo that has digital audio out (because I plan to get a home theater system with a receiver)
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April 1, 2010 12:32:31 AM

Here's another good solid build.

If you don't do any gaming then you don't need a video card, however if you would like a little video power for video editing/rendering etc. I would look into a 4650/4670/4770 which are all very good video cards for such tasks and can speed up your PC overall a little.



*EDIT* If you don't care about case looks then I would get this instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 2, 2010 4:15:37 PM

whitefang said:
Here's another good solid build.

If you don't do any gaming then you don't need a video card, however if you would like a little video power for video editing/rendering etc. I would look into a 4650/4670/4770 which are all very good video cards for such tasks and can speed up your PC overall a little.

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*EDIT* If you don't care about case looks then I would get this instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



For your suggested build I would still need a graphics card, because the GA-770TA-UD3 doesn't have onboard video, right? Would I be better off getting a bit pricier mobo with integrated graphics, or a cheaper one and then get a 4650 video card? (It seems like the latter gives me more bang for the buck because I'd get better video processing).
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April 2, 2010 4:57:22 PM

Is there a reason you're going with the AirPort? Unless there's a specific feature you're looking at it for, you could just as easily get any wireless router.
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April 2, 2010 8:10:14 PM

coldsleep said:
Is there a reason you're going with the AirPort? Unless there's a specific feature you're looking at it for, you could just as easily get any wireless router.


Yeah, I have a laptop now that i would like to wirelessly stream music from. Otherwise, yeah, I would just get a regular router.
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April 5, 2010 2:29:19 AM

Alright, so you guys have convinced me to go with an AMD build, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with this motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It doesn't have on-board video, but at that price, I can afford to go for a cheap graphics card that will be at least as good as I would ever find for onboard video.

I have a couple of questions though: If I want to spend a few extra bucks on a processor to make the system a bit quicker, would you recommend that I go with the AMD Phenom II X3 720 or the AMD Athlon II X4 630? Both are about $100 on Newegg. Also, If I want to overclock (which I kinda want to do, if nothing less for the learning experience), should I get a ~$30 aftermarket HSF?
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April 5, 2010 3:10:16 AM

4650 seems good for your build but I'd up it to a 4800+ series. Just in case. I run a 5850 on Tri-Monitor.

32" Westinghouse TV
22" Westinghouse Monitor
20" Acer Monitor

all running at 1920X1200.
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April 9, 2010 2:07:32 AM



Also, any thoughts on the AMD Phenom II X3 720 vs. AMD Athlon II X4 630? (And I do plan on overclocking a little, so I will have to get a aftermarket HSF anyway)

Any thoughts are appreciated
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April 16, 2010 3:27:30 AM

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