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April 21, 2011 1:18:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: The next few days.
Budget Range: $600 After Rebates-Obviously the lower the better.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming HD, video rendering, no gaming.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys; will buy most, if not all in store.
Country of Origin: USA.
Parts Preferences: AMD, Asus, Gigabyte.
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe-In the future. For now onboard graphics should be fine.
Monitor Resolution: Will connect via HDMI to 50" 720p plasma for the time being.
Additional Comments: Something that isn't too loud and a HTPC case would be nice.

I am looking to build my first pc. I will use it mostly to watch videos on Hulu and the like. Another usage would be to back up the Blu-Rays I have and play them in other parts of the house using and Xbox 360. I would also like to use the pc as a DVR if possible.

Thanks for any advice. My guesses so far have led me to:

AMD Athlon II X4 640
ASUS M4A88TD-EVO/USB3 AM3
4 GB not sure of what brand/type
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM-SH-B123L/RSBP

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April 21, 2011 8:11:27 PM

I suggest a better CPU. the one you chose doesn't have an L3 Cache and is likely not to be very fast at video rendering. I chose a more expensive one that has a L3 cache. Also I do not recommend on board graphics, so I suggested a few GPU's.
I also chose a better rated mother board that has the same feature as the one you had picked out.

My suggestions for Fry's:


CASES: these are good. pick one you like.
Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Black mATX Computer Case
FRYS.com #: 5566910
http://www.frys.com/product/5566910?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
69.99

Silverstone Grandia GD05B Black HTPC mATX Computer Case
FRYS.com #: 6111029
http://www.frys.com/product/6111029?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
89.99

Power Supply (pick one) you need a powercord with these. they don't come with one.
Antec Earthwatts EA 430D Green PSU 430w ATX Power Supply
FRYS.com #: 6159859
http://www.frys.com/product/6159859?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
54.99

Antec Earthwatts EA 380D Green PSU 380w ATX Power Supply
FRYS.com #: 6139349
http://www.frys.com/product/6139349?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
39.99

CPU:
AMD Phenomâ„¢ II 955 Black HDZ955FBGMBOX
FRYS.com #: 6117359
http://www.frys.com/product/6117359?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
139.99

MotherBoard:
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H AMD880G AM3 Motherboard
FRYS.com #: 6241520
http://www.frys.com/product/6241520?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
89.99

Memory (choose one)
HyperX 4 GB Kit (2x2 GB Modules KINGSTON 4GB 1333MHz Dual Memory:
FRYS.com #: 6508373
Kingston HyperX 4 GB Kit (2x2 GB Modules) 1333 MHz DDR3 Desktop Memory KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX
http://www.frys.com/product/6508373?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
44.99

DDR3 4GB 1333MHz DUAL PATRIOT PSD34G1333KH
PATRIOT:
FRYS.com #: 6486152

Hard Drives: (Pick One) Stay away from any HDD that is Green = Slow
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 1TB SERIAL ATA/600 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER INTERNAL HARD DRIVE - ST31000524AS
FRYS.com #: 6559423
http://www.frys.com/product/6559423?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
64.99

SEAGATE 1.5TB SERIAL ATA/300 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER HARD DRIVE - ST31500341AS
FRYS.com #: 6512613
http://www.frys.com/product/6512613?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

WESTERN DIGITAL 1TB SERIAL ATA/300 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER
INTERNAL HARD DRIVE CAVIAR BLUE - WD10EALS
FRYS.com #: 6298800
http://www.frys.com/product/6298800?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
59.99

Optical Drive (Lite-On and LG are also good)
ASUS 12X BLURAY WRITER
$10.00 Rebate
FRYS.com #: 6525073
http://www.frys.com/product/6525073?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
119.99

GPU suggestions: I dont recommend using intergrated graphics:
DIAMOND ATI RADEON HD 5570 DDR3 1GB PCI Express Video Card
$10.00 Rebate
FRYS.com #: 6202210
http://www.frys.com/product/6202210?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
69.99

MSI ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB PCI-EXPRESS VIDEO CARD
FRYS.com #: 6139339
http://www.frys.com/product/6139339
129.99




April 21, 2011 8:35:18 PM

I'll respectfully disagree with jerreddredd on two counts.

#1 L3 cache is not important for video rendering. The number of cores and clock speed are what matters. See this Tom's article: Athlon II Or Phenom II: Does Your CPU Need L3 Cache?

#2 There is no need for a video card. Onboard video is perfectly fine for HTPC duties- the OP specifically said "no gaming".

Everything else is good advice.
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April 22, 2011 4:52:35 AM

Thanks for the replies thus far. I went to Fry's last tonight and deviated from the plan a little. Walked out with the following:

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AMD 880G SB850 AM3 Motherboard-$104
http://www.frys.com/product/6262360

AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X6 1090T BLACK Edition-$199
HDT90ZFBGRBOX - Socket AM3
http://www.frys.com/product/6219140

DDR3 6GB 1333MHz C7 KING (3X2GB MODULE) CL7-$82.99
http://www.frys.com/product/6521943

Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATA Hard Drive * Black *
WD10000LSRTL-$99
http://www.frys.com/product/5643481

Cooler Master GX Series 750W Power Supply-$99
http://www.frys.com/product/6159219

Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid Tower ATX Computer Case-$89
http://www.frys.com/product/5927304

LITE-ON 12X BD WRITER-$129
http://www.frys.com/product/6400152

With tax $864.38, so a little over budget, which I am okay with unless you think this is way too much for what I will be doing. My friend also bought and assembled a HTPC tonight from Fry's with a MSI motherboard but on hooking up we got "No Video and No Beep" so I'm assuming the MOBO is trash.

So we will go back to Fry's tomorrow and swap out the MOBO, maybe switch to an ASUS or Gigabyte if they have a something similar. So I will not have time to assemble mine til Sunday so let me know if I should make any changes.

Thanks again for the input. (I'm thinking the ASUS i got may be lacking with the slower chipset than the 890)
April 22, 2011 5:22:33 AM

that is not an htpc case and for the phenom II's you need dual channel memory which means in 2GB, 4GB, 8Gb... Also change the psi to an earthwatts 430 or less if you are not buying a dedicated card
April 22, 2011 7:34:07 AM

dan4patriots said:
that is not an htpc case and for the phenom II's you need dual channel memory which means in 2GB, 4GB, 8Gb... Also change the psi to an earthwatts 430 or less if you are not buying a dedicated card



^he is right. swap the memory too. and the PSU is really over kill for a your build.
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