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HTPC Build help $500

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December 14, 2010 2:52:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (This week)


Budget Range: ($500) After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hulu, Netflix, HD content, Light gaming


Parts Not Required: Blu-Ray player, may get one later but not now


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Prefer AMD AM3


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:I would like a quiet PC

Here are my current choices:

Case: 69.99 admittedly a bit about looks
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: 99.99
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: 89.99
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 49.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: 39.99
Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Keyboard: 44.99
Rosewill RKM-1600RF Slim Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Laser Mouse Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 54.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am willing to wait a few months to add graphics card and Blu-ray, but wanted a starter

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December 14, 2010 2:59:16 PM

overall, it looks good. you might save a bit getting the Athlon II X3 450 (its $79.00), but overall, it looks great
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December 17, 2010 6:39:59 AM

@ OP - your all set...did you even need to post here? :lol:  seems you did a good looking around before posting your parts.

But hey, a word of advice, check up with asus's site, locat your mobo and go through the QVL list to find out if the rams are compatible wiith your mobo. Most problems on similar setups, can't post cos of incompatible ram/mobo's - i can't get on newegg cos of technical dif's with the site...will post back with the QVL numbers.

EDIT - I looked up the QVL, its not listed but if the HTPC's having trouble @ bootup/OS install you'll know its the rams. But only if theres the aforementioned problems. Otherwise, i haven't heard of any probs with G.Skill rams.
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December 17, 2010 2:36:56 PM

Thx guys appreciate it! It's all ordered, I did have a bit of fun looking around the site, you guys had some other good posts, this is such a great resource.
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