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February 15, 2011 3:58:54 AM

I decide to upgrade my computer after I realize what I was using was really outdated. I bought rc flight simsulator (realflight g5.5). My present computer do not meet the requirement of the simulator.
I bought my desktop 3-4 yrs ago for $300. I mostly browse the internet so i never realize the limitation of my system.
I decide to build a multimedia system so I could stack it with my audio equipment. I plan to hook up the computer to my 40" sony kdl-40z4100 by hdmi and a 20" dinex lcd monitor by vga. optical out put will go to my sony receiver. I wont be playing graphic intense video games but I do want a decent gpu for around $100. I would like to build by system with extra power and features so it wont get outdated too fast. Here is what I came up with so far, i hope everything can fit in this desktop case.

motherboard and cpu bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM im debating between 4 or 8 gig ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU vga and hdmi. the motherboard have these 2, but i need more graphic than whats on the board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE this case would go perfect with the rest of my entertaiment system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 15, 2011 4:00:41 AM

This is my usual HTPC-cum-gamer solution but if u think HD 6870 is just overkill maybe HD 5770?
$615AR

this was geared towards more robust Full HD LCD TV/display gaming on the cards
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February 15, 2011 5:20:48 AM

This is a low-profile HTPC, so the video card is not as powerful as Batchuka's, but it is less expensive, and includes an HDTV tuner, HUGE hard drive, and a Blu-Ray Burner. I'll do 720p gaming at high, and 1080p gaming at medium for most games

Antech Microfusion case w/ 80+ certified 350W Power supply: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
an excellent case with room for 4 low-profile cards. the 350W PSU has 2 12v rails with 18 amps each. enough to handle the fancier video card listed below.

Palit GTS 450 low profile video card $129.99 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a powerful card for being so small. It will handle not only your HD video at 1080P, including HD audio bitstreaming, it can handle games at 1366x768 (720p) at high details, or 1080p at medium details

AS Rock 880-GXH: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
USB 3 support is why I picked this over the $59.99 version

AMD Athlon II X3 450: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a great chip, it'll speed up any video conversions, and handles games quite well.

G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there are others this price, but tend to be higher voltage.

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2 TB Hard drive: $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
don't let the 5400 RPM fool you, its dense platters make data access comparable to 7200 rpm drives. Since this system has room for only 1 3.5" drive, we might as well make it the biggest we can.

LG Blue Ray Burner: $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
to record TV off the disk.

AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner: $89.99 ($79.99 thru 2/18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A low profile HDTV tuner card, able to record one channel while watching a second.

total: $599.93, not including discounts and rebates
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February 15, 2011 4:42:56 PM

I'm going to assume that you need a copy of Windows 7, which nobody has included so far. $100 really takes a chunk out of your budget if you need it... if not, then ignore what I just said.

http://s579.photobucket.com/albums/ss235/Mark3Website/?...

I'd progbably a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB instead of the one I included in that build. Other than that, you may want an HD 5770 instead of a 5670, but that's up to you.
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February 15, 2011 10:58:16 PM

I will go with the xfx hd5770 znfc for $136 at newegg. I'm having a hard time deciding on the. Ram. I want 4x2 gig but I can't decide
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February 16, 2011 10:43:14 PM
February 17, 2011 12:08:11 AM

the cpu comes with a heat sink with paste pre applied
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February 17, 2011 6:36:40 AM

ScrewySqrl said:


Antech Microfusion case w/ 80+ certified 350W Power supply: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
an excellent case with room for 4 low-profile cards. the 350W PSU has 2 12v rails with 18 amps each. enough to handle the fancier video card listed below.

AS Rock 880-GXH: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
USB 3 support is why I picked this over the $59.99 version


mATX only mobo Microfusion is incompatible with ATX form factor Asrock ....
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February 22, 2011 12:44:25 AM

im in the middle of building right now and my case have a esata on the front panel. do I plug the esata on a regular sata connection on the motherboard (m4a89gtd pro usb), also on the front panel connection on my motherboard it have 4 pin for speaker. is that for post speaker?
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February 22, 2011 2:42:21 AM

the speaker 4 pin should be for the POST/System Beep Speaker

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February 22, 2011 9:52:34 PM

I cant find post speaker on the net, can I use a small speaker. if so which two wireof the four pin do i hook it up to. I have +5v, gnd, gnd, speaker
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February 22, 2011 10:26:51 PM

it plugs into the 'speaker' pins on your Motherboard.
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March 1, 2011 2:44:38 AM

im debating if I should get rid of my sony bdp-s550 blue ray player and get a blue ray drive for the htpc. I tried the optical output from the htpc to my sony receiver and I got no sound.
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March 2, 2011 1:20:13 AM

Best answer selected by superion.
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