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July 3, 2010 11:58:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap.. tonight? haha

BUDGET RANGE: $800 soft limit

SYSTEM USAAGE: streaming MKV, ripping to MKV from my blu-rays, network storage.. no other functions needed

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor.. will be streaming to hdtv

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ideally TigerDirect because i get very good cc points there.. but newegg is ok too

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: 1) micro atx HTPC case w/ basic LCD screen and volume knob, 2) blu-ray r/w drive that works with the front drive of whatever case is picked, 3) gigabit ethernet.. no wireless needed, 4) HDMI out, 5) ... thats all I can think of.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Dont know what this is or if it applies to what i want

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must be near silent and run cool as it will be in a media shelf


I know how to build computers.. but the last time i actually did so was in probably 2002 or so. i'm guessing the princple of snapping them together is pretty much the same. parts and slots etc have completely changed though.. I really know nothing about what I need to get the job done beyond basic categories such as MB, CPU, GPU, RAM, case, etc. I would really appreciate some help as I'm lost in trying to figure out what parts will fit.... power needs... silent fans.. heatsinks...

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July 4, 2010 7:06:27 AM

Hmm $557AR?

If important Aerocool M40 dimensions
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July 4, 2010 9:52:33 AM

Something like this?

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: ASUS M4A88TD-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All: 427$ + that case above and nice PSU (and that blu-ray), probably 550-600$, so u'll save some money.

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July 4, 2010 4:16:31 PM

SilverStone SG05B Mini-ITX/DTX Motherboard Plastic Front Panel Case (Black)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit System Builder 1pk
Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail Package SSDSA2MH080G2R5
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 - 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Express Graphics Card 100293L
Corsair XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 Memory Kit CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Gigabyte Socket 1156/Intel H55/USB3/A&V&GbE/Mini-ITX Motherboard GA-H55N-USB3
Intel Core i3 Processor i3-530 2.93GHz 4MB LGA1156 CPU BX80616I3530

about $850. anyone have thoughts? i dont think im missing anything... but i would really like an educated blessing as to fit and choice of components. i have included SATA II cable, thermal paste, and a cat6 cable.. but didnt paste them.
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