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June 12, 2011 7:40:44 PM

Hey guys, planning to build an HTPC with a bit of oomph for some occasional gaming (WoW, CS:S, HL2, nothing serious), so I've gone to the egg and picked out a few components. I'm a computer noob, so please excuse me if my questions are a bit stupid. So here's what I've picked out:




Mobo/CPU -

I don't need a HDD or Operating system, and I don't need a DVD drive, so my questions to you...

Will the 250W power supply be sufficient for all of my components, plus maybe a case fan?
Will this be good for light/moderate gaming? :D 

Thanks to everyone who helps!
Tristan McKeever

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June 12, 2011 7:53:41 PM

Hey again Tristan! I'll submit my advice once again.....
The build looks ok, except that GPU. It's expensive. With the fusion APU, there's no need for a GPU! It's all built in! Look on the motherboard and you will see HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs.

But yeah, all else looks good.

And no, you won't be able to game AT ALL. Flash games will be the extent of your gaming. If you want that capability, best step up to something like a 5670 and at least an athlon dual core.
June 12, 2011 8:00:38 PM

Thanks again for the fast response, but I won't be able to game, even with the GeForce 210? The reason I chose that one is because it's slim and the case I've picked out doesn't seem to have room for a big cooler.
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June 12, 2011 8:13:03 PM

Well, no. For the $130, you'd be better off going athlon II x2 and a micro ATX mobo.
The bottleneck would be the 1.6GHz on the processor. And besides, the gt 210 is NOT a gaming card. You'd be much better of with a 5570 or 5670.

Here's what I'm talking about: As you can see, the scaling is very, very limited. You'd be able to play probably at Wii quality.
June 12, 2011 8:39:45 PM

Wow, never heard of that processor before. Good to know.......
And for the 4670, I would go ahead and step up to the 5670. It's only $20 more, and will give much more performance (including DX11) Btw, free shipping on the 5670, making it only $10 more.
June 12, 2011 8:47:31 PM

Does the extra 512mb of ram on the 4670 make a big difference, or will the 5670 still perform better? Also, the fan on that 5670 is a bit large, the card can't be much bigger than the bracket itself, I don't think it would fit in the case I've selected.

June 12, 2011 8:54:20 PM

the 1GB vs 512 will make no difference until 1080p and above.

And I see what you mean.. In fact, I wouldn't even put a card in that case AT ALL without modding it... IDK bro, this is outta my league now. Here's my last suggestion. If you can't swing the extra $10, get the 4670 I suppose.
June 12, 2011 9:11:47 PM

That 5670 looks good, I'll most likely end up going with that one. My only concern is the limited space between the case wall and the GPU fan, but there are some vents. Thanks again for your great advice!
June 12, 2011 9:14:17 PM

Yeah that's the same thing i was looking at. Make sure to keep an eye on temps. If they get too high you might wanna open up the case.