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a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2011 9:26:41 AM


I wanted some feedback on how the build should progress from the drawing board :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 30 days

Budget Range: 35,000 taka ~45,000 taka about $650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, Watching movies @ 1080p on a Phillips 46" LED TV

Parts Not Required: I'll have a Tt toughpower 600W PSU to work with and a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 250GB Sata drive optical drive is also being recycled form another build...but will getting a new one of i need one :) .

Country of Origin: Bangladesh

Parts Preferences: ECS H67H2-M, Intel , AMD , MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (i'd want to keep the board size to mATX with a good host of features :sol:  )

Overclocking: No~Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Low power, will be 'ON' theoretically 24/7, a dedicated GPU will be needed, one that can give me medium settings for old and new titles @ 1080p

Parts chosen:

Mobo : ECS H67H2-M Black Series
CPU: Can't decide on which LGA 1155 cpu to take
Ram: 2~4GB DDR3 Ram @ 1066MHz cos the mnobo doesnt support OC'ing to 1333MHz or beyond (not needed IMO)
HDD: 1x2TB WD Caviar Green HDD
Case: Its from Transnet and can accomodate a watercooling loop into it :)  in case I'd want to run a loop in the future
Keyboard/mouse: A4 techs wireless combo and it has a 15m range
Gaming peripherals: Xbox360 controller for PC
PSU - 450W comes with the case

Criticism allowed :D  :sol:  Thanks guys (and gals)
a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2011 10:39:22 AM

What video card fits in your budget?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2011 2:30:09 PM

Well i was thinking of getting an xfx 5670 passive cooled edition or something a lil' higher like a 6850/6870.For now run the rig with the iGPU before dropping some cash into the dedicated GPU so the CPU is yet to be decided...cos on the HTPC I wouldn't be gaming on it to the max. I have a separate rig for that and an xbox 360 to game I'm pretty much covered on that side. But the titles I would love to play on the 46" LED TV would be PES 2010 (and above), Winning11 (and above) FIFA 2010 (and above).

Will I get into a bottleneck issue with an i3 (if i choose to go 5670/6850/6870) ? if not then which one takes home the prize to get into the mobo? :) 

FYI - I wont need a tv tuner as I have the tele hooked upto cable, besides there's nothing good to watch on it either :S
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2011 2:51:06 PM

Wait for a couple of weeks for the AMD Llano/Bulldozer CPUs, they will have strong integrated GPUs.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2011 10:09:50 PM

erm well AMD's aren't that popular here now that intel is swooping everyone off their feets. Bringing them will just mean a more expensive build cos of monopolized traders. I won't be doing heavy multitasking, just have a few programs running in background and maybe play the tiles mentioned above.

I've finalized my build:

ECS H67H2-M black series mobo ---------Tk 8800.00
Core i3-2100 ---------Tk 9800.00
4GB DDR3 Ram STAREX ---------Tk 3200.00
2TB WD Caviar Green --------Tk 11500.00
Transnet watercooling capable case -------Tk 4500.00

Tk 37,800.00

but can't choose which way to go with these additional hardware-

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logitech dinovo mini
May 30, 2011 2:16:09 AM

errm do you really need 2 tb? i mean 500 gb probally the max that way you can get a better processor maybe like an i5, or better ram. 2 tb is not needed at all. ***** and you dont say your graphics card. if you want to play medium graphics get a gt 240
watercooling capable case is not needed if you are not overclocking. you wont even need a case, probally just a wood box. lol. yeh. it is bad if your hardrive is the most expensive. you probally could just use the old one, therefore allowing for a way better cpu or gpu or mobo or ram.
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2011 3:13:14 AM

Please do not advocate software piracy.
May 30, 2011 4:28:32 AM

Post edited, thebeast. Advocating piracy or sharing links to illegal software is prohibited on Tom's.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2011 5:28:35 PM

okay, now - i did some thinking and dropped the 2TB for a 1TB. I won't be getting a discrete GPU until I'm running games on the rigg - which'll be a while. That leaves me with 5,000Tk to add on any other hardware - CPU choice upgrade?

but i'm thinking of swapping out my 5770 into this ECS rig and maybe pick up a GTX 580 down the road...for Rig 2 of-course (in member config)

a b B Homebuilt system
June 9, 2011 3:37:04 AM

Best answer selected by lutfij.