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HTPC build with *decent* gaming abilities

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April 18, 2011 11:49:06 PM

I've built a few PCs in my day, but never an HTPC. I'm looking to create a fairly high-end machine that will be able to hold its own as a gaming rig. (Truth be told, I'm not currently much of a gamer, but I figure it could be something fun to get into when using the 58" Samsung plasma in my living room!) Realistically speaking this computer will be used 98% of the time for watching movies, but I want to air on the side of overbuilding it, so I don't have to build another one a few years down the road. I would love your input on this project! These are the components I'm currently considering:

Case: LUXA2 LM200

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

I'm really splurging on this case, because I have totally fallen in love with it. ;-) I think it will look amazing in my AV rack...

Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M Pro mATX

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

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500?

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

I haven't totally made up my mind on this, and would love some input. I know i5 is overkill for an HTPC, but would it serve me reasonably well for gaming?

Memory: Haven't made up my mind on this, and I need your input. The motherboard supports up to DDR3-2200 memory... Would it make sense to get memory that fast? And should I go with 4 GB or 8 GB?

Video card: PowerColor Go! Green Radeon HD 5750 (crazy fanless design)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-...

I am pretty intrigued by this video card, and I am interested to see what you all think of it. It seems ideal, as when I am merely watching movies on the PC, I would love near-silent operation.

Hard drive: A 80 GB Intel X25-M SSD will be migrating from my desktop to this HTPC. For mass storage, I have a networked Drobo.

PSU: I have no idea on this yet... Ideally looking for something modular and quite. Maybe this? I assume 550W would cut it?

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

Sound card: Shouldn't be necessary, as the video card will pass video/sound to my receiver via HDMI.

Have I forgotten anything? I have a Logitech diNovo Mini that I'll use for navigation. I'd love to know what you guys think of all this!

Thanks!
Chris

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a b 4 Gaming
April 22, 2011 3:48:57 PM


a i5 2500 is only overkill if you are on a budget.

I do like that video card that you have picked out, but it might be a little weak if you decide to game on it. I would suggest at least a HD 5770 to game at 1080p.

GPU suggestions:
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI R6850 Cyclone PE/OC Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
all are almost silent under normal conditions (movies) and fairly quiet when gaming.
link to side by side of these cards (may not be exact match, but performance will be very similar)
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...

Go with a H67/H61 Motherboard and save some money. you aren't going to be OCing in that case anyway. All these are solid boards and have good sound on them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this is ITX, but has wifi (still fits in your case, its just very bare bones, but has goto specs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (nothing fancy) 4gb is plenty
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU suggestions with short cable set for small cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pick a good BluRay burner LG, Lite-On.

I recommend a Sandforce based SSD instead of intel (your paying for the name)
Patriot inferno, Mushkin Callisto, Corsair Force, G.skill Phoenix Pro/Sniper.
April 29, 2011 11:38:56 PM

Thanks for the helpful post! I actually took your advice on the video card (went with Sapphire Radeon HD 5770) and the mobo (an Asus H67). I've got it all ordered from Newegg, I can't wait! ;-)
And PS, that LUXA2 case arrived the other day, and WOW, is that thing ever pretty to look at! I'm really impressed with the build quality and overall aesthetics...
a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2011 6:03:50 AM

stubby5000 said:
Thanks for the helpful post! I actually took your advice on the video card (went with Sapphire Radeon HD 5770) and the mobo (an Asus H67). I've got it all ordered from Newegg, I can't wait! ;-)
And PS, that LUXA2 case arrived the other day, and WOW, is that thing ever pretty to look at! I'm really impressed with the build quality and overall aesthetics...



Glad to be of help. good luck on the build.
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