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~$1000 Intel i-5 mild gaming/HTPC

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March 7, 2011 6:12:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: When Sandy Bridge MoBo's become available

Budget Range: < $1000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, port to large TV for Movies

Parts Not Required: monitor, cpu, ram

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

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer Nvidia cards and ATX Mid tower case

Overclocking: Yes, increase longevity of build

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, increase longevity of build

Monitor Resolution: up to 1080p on for an approx 37" tv.

Additional Comments: The goal for this computer is to have the computer mostly hooked up to a 24" 720p dell monitor for gaming(Starcraft) and internet surfing and have a secondary connection to an approx 37" tv(can't remember how big it is) for movie watching and some internet surfing. The major thing that I want is a case that I can have sit in my living room on in plain sight in my room, so I'm looking for a cool looking case, but I don't want 20000 leds blinding me when the lights are off.


Parts Purchased:

CPU: i5 2400

RAM: Kingston DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: 24" widescreen 720p Dell monitor

Parts I'm looking at:

Case:
Raidmax Aztex (Orange)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
Nvidia EVGA GTX 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Antec Earthwatts 750W continuous power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive:
Spinpoint F3 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
LG Blu-ray/DVD-RW combo drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

let me know what you guys think. Thanks all.
March 8, 2011 3:12:21 AM

Hi there,

I reckon a Asus P8P67 Pro would be a good mobo but it costs $200, and for mild gaming on a 24" Monitor, I don't think you will need a 560 Ti but if you have the money you should keep the choice, otherwise a Radeon HD 5770 would be suitable.

Cheers
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March 8, 2011 5:45:28 AM

tigerfries said:
Approximate Purchase Date: When Sandy Bridge MoBo's become available

Budget Range: < $1000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, port to large TV for Movies

Parts Not Required: monitor, cpu, ram

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

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer Nvidia cards and ATX Mid tower case

Overclocking: Yes, increase longevity of build

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, increase longevity of build

Monitor Resolution: up to 1080p on for an approx 37" tv.

Additional Comments: The goal for this computer is to have the computer mostly hooked up to a 24" 720p dell monitor for gaming(Starcraft) and internet surfing and have a secondary connection to an approx 37" tv(can't remember how big it is) for movie watching and some internet surfing. The major thing that I want is a case that I can have sit in my living room on in plain sight in my room, so I'm looking for a cool looking case, but I don't want 20000 leds blinding me when the lights are off.


Parts Purchased:

CPU: i5 2400

RAM: Kingston DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: 24" widescreen 720p Dell monitor

Parts I'm looking at:

Case:
Raidmax Aztex (Orange)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
Nvidia EVGA GTX 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Antec Earthwatts 750W continuous power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive:
Spinpoint F3 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
LG Blu-ray/DVD-RW combo drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

let me know what you guys think. Thanks all.

Not bad, but bad call on that RAM. All board manufactures all recommend low voltage RAM ...like in 1.5v or less for these 1155 mobo's. Other than the RAM though, not bad. :) 
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March 8, 2011 6:23:42 AM

If you don't already have a TV tuner card, I'd suggest the Hauppauge 2250.
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March 8, 2011 11:34:03 AM

Martin9630 said:
Hi there,

I reckon a Asus P8P67 Pro would be a good mobo but it costs $200, and for mild gaming on a 24" Monitor, I don't think you will need a 560 Ti but if you have the money you should keep the choice, otherwise a Radeon HD 5770 would be suitable.

Cheers



I was recommended initially to get the 560ti. The major issue is I can't really figure out what is overkill. I was thinking about the GTX 460 1gb initially, what do you think bout that?
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