Cheap HTPCish build

system I built ~6 years ago is choking on video so i need a new system. I haven't really kept up with hardware so I need to advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: next week or two

Budget Range: ~300 after factoring in rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (playing mp3s, surfing the tubes, playing hdvideo files and dvds/. not interested in gaming)

Parts Not Required: keyboard; mouse; speakers; OS;
PS: Corsair CX400W;
hard drive (have 3 sata 3.5 internals with plenty of space);

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg)

Country of Origin: (US)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (cheaper, as long as of reasonable quality)

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (my monitor is 1440x900 16bit color.) has analogue and DVI-D inputs. Possibly will be purchasing hdtv within the year so support for that output would be prefered.

Additional Comments:
-quiet prefered.
-plan on using ubuntu (because i'm a cheap bastard, not because i am really an enthusiast), so minimal compatibilty headaches prefered. have installed openSUSE to a laptop in the past. If i decide I want to do netflix streaming or tv downloaed, I woudl probably buy a roku box or ps3. maaaaybe win7.
-I have picked out nMEDIAPC HTPC 5000B as the case. let me know if i should reconsider.
-plan to use my dolby pro logic stereo receiver for the near future, so decent sound quality on mobo would be good to avoid sound card purchase for now.
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  1. $191AR after taking away the hdd+psu combo hehe
  2. Nicely done batuchka...I feel like I can always depend on you for a bargain.
  3. I'd consider the quality improvement by picking the Gigabyte 880G model for $7 more is worth it:

    the 880 is a newer chipset with a 4250
  4. I'll agree with that...I'd choose Gigabyte any day. I thought those chipsets were remarkably similar - 780g, 785g and even 880g...anyone shed light on this?
  5. I'll try.

    the 8xx series chips are the latest drivers. The 870 is a full-size board with no video card. the 880 has built in video and is the micro-atx card, and the 890 is the enthusiast level atx card with multiple x16 slots for crossfire

    the 700 series is a bit more confusing as it spans both the AM2+ and AM3 generations with updates along the way.

    The 770 and 870 are basically similar, while the 790 and 890 are also similar.

    The 880's closest match is BOTH the 780L (an update of the 760 to have HT 5200 and DDR3) and the 785G (which comes in DDR3 and DDR3 variants)
  6. That is a bit convoluted, isn't it. Thanks for the info.

    I thought I had read that the IGP on the 780g, the 785g, and the 880g were incredibly similar...I thought they even used the same discrete GPU models for hybrid crossfire.
  7. Yes, the IGPs are very similar - only marginally better if at all despite going from 3200 to 4200 to 4250 to 4290. I believe the 3300 (790GX) performs better than all of them if I am remembering right. :-P
  8. I did the following purchase: (note i included a wifi router i was wanting to get)

    Subtotal $284.94
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 Days $9.68
    Promo Code -$17.00
    Order Total $277.62

    A bit under budget. Thank you very much!
  9. Yep enjoy your purchase and u are welcomed ^^
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