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HTPC System Please Rate/Suggest Changes

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December 29, 2010 5:14:55 AM

I have just finished mapping out a HTPC/Very Light Gaming rig for a friend, just looking for rates/suggested changes.
CPU: AMD Athlon x4 645 $110
Motherboard: ASRock 880GMH-LE USB3 $80
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD5750 $125
Hard Drive 2TB Western Digital Green $100
OS Windows 7 Professional x32 $140
PSU: Amacrox Freestyle 550watt (I already own this PSU from an old system, which i am upgrading) $0
Case: Lan Cool K58 $90
RAM: 2GB G.skill Ripjwas DDR3 $60
Optical Drive Samsung Blu-Ray Combo 12x $80

Total: $785
Also i am on a reasonably tight budget so not much more than the price of what i have here.
December 29, 2010 1:37:50 PM

$690. What is the need for Win7 32-bit vs. 64-bit, and Professional vs. Home Premium?

MB + CPU => Phenom X4 945 + ASUS M4A88TD-V => $233

GPU => HIS 5770 => $100

MEM => G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB DDR3 1600) => $50

Win7 Home Premium x64 => $100

Samsung F4 2TB => $80

LG Blu-Ray Combo Drive => $77

Antec 300 Case => $50

EDIT: Modified MB + CPU combo!
December 29, 2010 1:47:12 PM

^Your bundled motherboard uses DDR2 and can't use the DDR3 you've listed.

Edit- good build otherwise though :) 
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December 30, 2010 5:00:57 AM

yeah it isnt a bad idea to get 4gb ram and a x64 os but i need the profession for the remote desktop which i can use to control the computer from my iPhone.
I will look into the mobo/cpu changes, they look like a good idea, although i would like to stay with an ASRock board because of the fast charge for the iPhone and instant boot functions it has.

Also rwpritchett, have a look here this says that the board uses ddr3
December 30, 2010 6:31:30 AM

alsow will a sata3 hdd work in a sata2 board or are they different connector types
December 30, 2010 12:26:47 PM

My DDR2 comment was directed towards sadams mobo bundle, not your Asrock... my apologies for the misunderstanding.

Yes, SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA2.
December 31, 2010 5:07:08 AM

right that for that, also does using a sata3 hdd have any performance bonus' when connected by a sata2 connector over say a sata2 drive with that same specs, rpm's, cache and size etc?