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$500-700 gaming/HTPC

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July 30, 2010 3:37:47 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: (500-700) After Rebates closer to 500 is better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming(something good for starcraft 2, wow..), surfing the internet, watching movies




PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Is intel better the AMD?
(is the E8500 worth the extra 20 bucks?
I was wanting a vid card like


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't know what this is


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was wanting to be able to connect it to my tv (for the monitor) and also be able to use it for cable.. is that easy to do? I also need a wireless network adaptor.

I wasn't sure about all the compatibility being that i'm new to this.
Some other parts i was looking at were:

CPU: will i have to buy a separate fan for this?

Ram: Is the 4 g enough?

CD drive:

HDD: Something with at least 500gigs

Video: or something in the geforce 9 series... would i need a fan for this?

Sound: something cheap... this is not a big issue i don't care too much about sound.. and how would that work using a tv??

TV Card: ?

Internet Card: How fast of one should i get 100mb, 300mb, etc.. i get internet through the cable.. roadrunner something like this?

MoBo: Something that'll fit this :) 

OC: Windows vista?

I realize a lot of items can come in combos.. which can save money... which ones should i get?

I also had questions about when selecting the components what do i need to be concerned with.. such as with a video card do i need to worry about the type of ram it uses compared to the mobo?


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July 30, 2010 5:18:30 AM

Intel's current architecture and efficiency is better than AMD's. However, it does cost more for performance you probably won't require.

You'll want a newer AMD build for this, this is my recommendation:

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0 GHz - $74.99

Motherboard - ASRock 870 Extreme3 - $89.99

RAM & Case Combo - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 & Lian Li PC-7FN - $179.98

Graphics Card - Asus Radeon HD 5770 CuCore - $139.99 AR

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $74.99

Corsair VX550W - $69.99 AR

Asus DRW-24B1LT - $23.99

Total = $653.92 AR without OS though - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM costs $99.99.

The RAM on the video card is completely separate from the motherboard's memory so no worries there. Otherwise how would GDDR5 cards work? ;) 

July 30, 2010 10:05:57 AM

The key here is: is your LCD TV Full HD or "HD Ready" i.e 1366 x 768?
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July 30, 2010 11:37:35 AM

It's 720p so native resolution would be 1366 x 768 then ^^
July 30, 2010 11:44:34 AM

How does the GDDR5 compare to the GeForce 9 series? Also, should i get windows 7 or stick with vista?

Are there any other cables, fans, etc i would need to buy?
July 30, 2010 11:46:20 AM

If forking out for a new OS Win 7 For 1366 x 768 a HD 4850/GTS 250 will be more than fine ^^
July 30, 2010 11:46:49 AM

Would that be good? This would prob be a temporarily setup until I could buy another screen...
July 30, 2010 11:49:18 AM

On the lower end of budget @ $524AR
July 30, 2010 1:02:56 PM
July 30, 2010 3:34:12 PM

I not the mobo i have selected says DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 (OC)/1800 (OC)/2000 (OC) for the memory standard.. what does this mean? can i still use DDR3 1600? or does that mean you have to overclock (which I dont know what is)?
July 30, 2010 10:20:03 PM

It just means that you'll have to overclock your CPU for the RAM to run at 1600 MHz. By default, it runs at 1066 MHz 1.5V.
July 31, 2010 1:03:15 AM

That GTS 250 is way overpriced and $10 off combo still does not help ....