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June 2, 2010 2:35:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, but there is really no time frame.

BUDGET RANGE: I'm looking to start out around 300-400 hundred dollars. I understand this is a pretty low budget but I believe it's a good place to start. I do plan on upgrading it in the future.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, surfing the net, minimal emulator use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but I may be open to others.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Not too particular with brands, but I'll read what you have to say.

OVERCLOCKING: Not interested.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, don't know pros and cons, must research.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not too particular on this either, although I'm willing to listen to which one you guys enjoy the most. Must research.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, cheap, minimal, upgradeable, OS/Ubuntu suggestions, please take a look at the parts below and share any suggestions that you have. This is what I'm looking to purchase. You may know of more compatible parts/brands.

FUTURE UPGRADES: Ram, TV Tuner, Wireless, Graphics card, card reader. Any other suggestions?

SELECTED PARTS:

BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138182

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1339
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148221

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688

Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185097

hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121100

TOTAL PRICE: $322

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I thank you in advance for any suggestions and/or pointed out any stupid choices I've made. Once again, this is my first build and I'm looking forward to building my very own HTPC and learning more.

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June 2, 2010 2:10:26 PM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395

-$5.00 Instant
$59.99
$54.99

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

-$5.00 Instant
$99.99
$94.99

Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 Active PFC Power Supply

-$20.00 Instant
$59.95
$39.95

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1067
Item #: N82E16820148148

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX
Item #: N82E16819103688


1 year: $10.99
2 year: $18.99
$56.99
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Linkworld Black body/ Silver strip Steel 6280-01 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Item #: N82E16811164098
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $39.99
Subtotal: $340.90

You don't need an HSF (cooling for the CPU) in this build.
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June 2, 2010 2:13:33 PM

Also that board has newer technologies.
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June 2, 2010 3:41:26 PM

Can you further explain the advantages of your build versus mine? Obviously there are some I'm not aware of. I was pretty set with the case that I chose, but I do understand we're on a budget.

I noticed the motherboard you chose is very commonly used in HTPCs, and I see the name thrown around a lot more than I'v seen Biostar but I can't find any comparisons.

Also, if you wouldn't mind, can you elaborate on the CPU cooling? Is it because of the copper cooled quality?

Thanks again and I truly appreciate your feedback.
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June 2, 2010 8:05:49 PM

The case you chose is fine it's just I picked one without a PSU. Why? Because the PSU that is in your case could be very bad that's why I chose a Antec PSU so that you could upgrade later on without all the worries of the 300W PSU breaking. People commonly chose Gigabyte and Asus because they are very good quality motherboards. Also why a newer chipset? Because it performs better and as better integrated graphics. For your use I just don't think you need a good HSF the stock AMD heatsink is not bad plus you wont overclock so it's perfect but you might want to check if it fits your case.
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June 2, 2010 8:32:24 PM

BTW: For the SLI or Crossfire thing it will be uslss for an HTPC.
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June 2, 2010 9:43:46 PM

I just realized the case you chose cannot have a ATX PSU..
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June 2, 2010 9:59:52 PM

Ok turns out you wont need a 400W+ PSU (sorry it's my first time trying to find parts for an HTPC).
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June 2, 2010 10:40:44 PM

Sweet deal, thanks for the information.

I ended up going with the following:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1067
Item #: N82E16820148148

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX
Item #: N82E16819103688

hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply

I'm hoping this is a good start. I understand the power supply might not be that good, but most of the cases come with a power supply so I've just opted to add the PSU to my upgrades. Also, about the SLI and Crossfire, I understand they're both unnecessary for a HTPC, but as I upgrade it I might want to add more Graphic Design software. But, of course, I do plan on ending up with more than one, so there's plenty of time for learning and experimenting.

The total price for all of this came to $322 and they threw in a free HDMI cable for good measure. Is there anything I'm missing here?

The next step when I've saved a few more dollars to upgrade again, what would you suggest upgrading first, the PSU and Video Card/HSF?
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June 2, 2010 10:55:17 PM

Heh the thing is that case those not use standard ATX power supplies so I guess you could buy a GT240 it should run off that PSU. But i think the integrated will be fine so just fine plus I don't know if that's a low profile case.
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June 3, 2010 12:05:34 AM

The HEC PSU may be fecal, although you won't be loading it. Before adding a graphics card, even only a HD5570, I would strongly suggest picking up this Seasonic PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And, as Userremoved has stated, if you won't be overclocking, the stock cooler will be just fine.

Something else to consider, AMD announced some 45W CPUs recently. I'd expect them to show up any moment now; I'm waiting to snap one up myself; but the one you've selected should be fine if you don't care to wait.
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June 3, 2010 12:24:37 AM

Onus said:
The HEC PSU may be fecal, although you won't be loading it. Before adding a graphics card, even only a HD5570, I would strongly suggest picking up this Seasonic PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And, as Userremoved has stated, if you won't be overclocking, the stock cooler will be just fine.

Something else to consider, AMD announced some 45W CPUs recently. I'd expect them to show up any moment now; I'm waiting to snap one up myself; but the one you've selected should be fine if you don't care to wait.

Nice find! Yes that is a definitely good PSU upgrade it to this PSU later.
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June 3, 2010 11:11:31 AM

Say is this thread over or do you still need help? If you think it's answered just click Select as best answer on the response that helped you the most and the thread will be marked as SOLVED.
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June 3, 2010 2:47:03 PM

Best answer selected by dynojunkee.
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June 3, 2010 8:36:54 PM

No problem. Thanks as well. If this thread is still open in the next week or two I'll share the final product!
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