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3D Tv / Media Center PC Build First Build

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March 21, 2010 6:11:40 AM

I am using an old Dell 8400 PC right now for watching movies in 3D. It works just OK nothing great.
I want to build a better Media center PC.

TV, 3D Glasses and Software that I am using are :

Samsung HL67A750
http://reviews.cnet.com/4507-6484_7-33043717.html

X-Force 3D HDTV "High Refresh 3D Ready" Family Pack
http://www.xforce3d.com/noname1.html

TriDef: Bringing 3D to Mainstream
http://www.tridef.com/3d-experience/overview.html

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 30 days or so, $1500 maybe a little more, rebates or not.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Movies, Movies, Some Gaming [not high res, nor online], music,video chat, internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor [planning on using samsung tv listed above], speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect and or Newegg USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : Intel Processor, Nvidia GeForce video card, Full Tower case, Air Cooled,

OVERCLOCKING: No / SLI : Yes maybe sometime in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC.

Here is what I came up with for my build:

Case Cool Master HAF 932 $159.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard Asus P7P55 Deluxe $229.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Processor Intel Core i5-750 $199.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Memory Corsair PC 12800 4GB, DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Class 9 $114.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB $ 89.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply Ultra X4 750-Watt $129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Graphics Card PNY GeForce GTS 250 1024MB GDDR3 $129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Dvd Drive Lite-On IHAS424-98 $ 34.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Blu Ray Burner LG WH08LS20 $169.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Media Card Reader Sabrent CRW-UINB $ 12.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Tv Tuner AverMEDIA MTVCOMG2M Combo G2 Media Center Upgrade $119.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64Bit OEM $149.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Total $1542.88
A few questions I have:

Is everything compatible?

I'm really confused about system memory, is my choice Ok?

Is the power supply large enough? [750watts] Cables and connectors all OK for this build?

Are there enough correct PCI slots ect. on the motherboard for everything?

Anyone have any comments positive or negative?

Suggestions?

For a few dollars more I should ].

I could save some money by [insert your opinion here]

Thanks Everyone
G.H.








March 21, 2010 1:13:01 PM

OS: I think you don't need Pro. Windows 7 Home Premium is better for your purpose, IMO.

RAM: Go to Asus website and read their RAM compatibility list. I don't remember it off the top of my head. In my current build, I originally went with Corsair but after checking that it's not on the compatibility list, I switched to OCZ which was the correct decision. I found a couple of forum posts through Google searches that say the Corsair RAM which I intended to buy was unstable with the Asus board.

PSU: I don't know much about Ultra PSU's but 750W is probably enough for your needs.

Case: The HAF 932 is a great case but will attract a lot of dust. And I think the Silverstone FT02 is a lot more silent.

March 21, 2010 4:22:16 PM

OS: Think I will still go with Pro just in the event I need to run older XP programs I have.

Ram: You were right the corsair was not on the Asus compatibility list you informed me about.
Now I am going with:

Memory OCZ Intel Extreme Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $147.99

$30.00 more but on the Asus compatibility list for my motherboard. New total: $1575.99

Case: The Silverstone FT02 might be a wise choice for me, a little high priced, I think.
I will continue looking for a full tower ATX case with great looks, quiet fans, lots of room, dust filters.

I would like to keep the price of the case under $200.00

Thank you,
G.H.
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