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Advice on Six Core Budget Build

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December 9, 2010 2:31:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week hopefully.

Budget Range: Under $500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: x264 video encoding, media center streaming to XBox 360, HD video encoding (.ts files)

Parts Not Required: DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Frys, Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Atleast 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Looking for a build under $500 below is what I'm thinking so far.

Processor Bundle (which board should I go with)




Questions: What type of fans will I need? Is my PSU powerful enough? Which CPU/Mobo bundle should I go with? Can you suggest a better case for around the same price?
December 9, 2010 2:44:42 PM

1. You want an IGP based chipset so Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H mATX @ $225 with 1055T in bundle from Microcenter
2. 2 X 2 DDR3 1600 $48 Free Ship
3. Negative on free PSU with case!
a. Apex mATX case @ $25 Free Ship
b. Antec ECO 400/80+ $30AR Free Ship
$388AR in total with the hdd of your choice
4. Optional : if u want to start clocking higher than your stock HSF can take ya
CM Hyper TX3 @ $18
December 9, 2010 3:29:08 PM

If you are doing to MicroCenter, the memory below is the same price.

Also, the MSI 785G-E53 is a capable board for $190 with the 1055T. The 4200 video chipset will do 1080 resolution and play Blu-rays smoothly.
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December 9, 2010 3:31:45 PM

The 700 series will require a mandatory BIOS update to run a 1055T so best go with an entry level 800 series ^^
December 9, 2010 4:13:57 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Is the Team RAM better than Corsair?

Also is mATX preferred over ATX? Haven't built a PC in over 10 years so I'm kind of re-learning things.
December 10, 2010 3:31:27 AM

no corsair is better
Go for G-Skill It costs about 65$ on newegg
They are a big value for money
December 10, 2010 11:31:58 AM

tikyle said:
Thanks for the replies.

Is the Team RAM better than Corsair?

Also is mATX preferred over ATX? Haven't built a PC in over 10 years so I'm kind of re-learning things.

Having built with both on AM3 platforms:

Team and Kingston so far play far better on the value/mid end line of DDR3 memory, if planning to sink more on RAM i would begin to look to CL7 ones ^^ Form factor is not set in stone i.e user could decide
December 10, 2010 11:40:45 AM

A sub 500$ PC with a AMD Phenom II X6 1055T :ouch: 
That sounds kinda CPU skewed - Defenitely not a balanced PC anyway.
But okay, if the main task is encoding, and gaming is not a concern I guess it doesn't matter :p 
December 10, 2010 11:47:12 AM

Exactly - the reason u can get a bang for buck *solution* is investing on areas that matter the most/reap most gains while not throwing needless money on areas that are irrelevant for the task on hand ^^
December 16, 2010 6:30:38 PM


Thanks for all the help and advice. Got my rig up and going last night. It's blazing fast. I got all the parts you suggested except I got a 6 GB RAM deal from Fry's (it was Crucial RAM like you suggested) for $59.99 after rebate.

This thing runs Windows 7 x64 great and at normal clock speeds doesn't get too hot. It is a perfect budget build for video encoding purposes.
December 16, 2010 6:57:47 PM

A Thuban begs to be clocked and if/when u do you'd be even more stoked hehe Yep u are welcomed ^^