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
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.
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)