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Budget System Build + HTPC less than $300

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December 25, 2010 2:28:34 PM

Hello Everyone,

I am trying to build a system for project work. It will also serve me as an HTPC. I want to go with the small form factor keeping the budget in mind. It will not be used for gaming. It will be mainly used for running experiments. I do not need a slow processor also like AMD Sempron (which can be unlocked to make dual core for work on HTPC)

For Case something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have seen the motherboard + processor combo offers at microcenter. The wattage power of some of them is quite high. I have kept them for last resort.

I already have a hard drive and I do not need a DVD drive. I do not need a monitor as well. I have kept the budget as $300 but I want to spend as less as possible.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
December 25, 2010 2:38:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime soon

Budget Range: $300 (Lower the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Project experiments(not very intensive), HTPC

Parts Not Required: DVD drive, Hard Drive, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:None

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Micro ATX HTPC like case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No


Additional Comments: No noise and good cooling
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December 27, 2010 4:20:12 AM

This is my $280AR build - just remove Hdd/DVDRW since u have on hand ^^
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December 27, 2010 1:48:29 PM

it will, and comes with a decent power supply built in.

If you're going to Microcenter, consider the Athlon II X4 + MSI 785 combo for $95.99. its a hard deal to pass up.

add the 500 GB Spinpoint F3 drive for $44.99

Your case at $39.99

4 GB of DDR3-1333 at $49.99

and a DVD Burner for $17.99

and thats a solid system for $248.95
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December 27, 2010 3:51:30 PM

thanks ScrewySqrl. I already have Drive and do not need a burner. I was thinking of putting that money into a better motherboard

Can you please suggest out of these two which one is better?

AMD II X4 640 + GA-880GM-UD2H Socket AM3 880G mATX at Microcenter

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

will the power supply be good enough that comes along with case?
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December 27, 2010 6:22:34 PM

both motherboards look very similar, the microcenter one is notably cheaper, so I'd get that one ($140.99 vs $167.98). the 350W PSU included with the case is more than good enough to handle everything you want to do.
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December 28, 2010 4:08:18 AM

thanks ScrewySqrl. Well I have to wait as the Antec case went out of stock at microcenter nearme
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December 28, 2010 9:45:43 AM

If Microcenter is an option that i'd hit those bundles :p 
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December 28, 2010 12:37:25 PM

Yes I will buy those bundles before rebate is over
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January 1, 2011 4:14:38 PM

Best answer selected by atlantabraves2000.
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