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XBMC powered HTPC/Gaming Build [Suggestions Needed]

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October 21, 2011 8:02:52 PM

After thinking and researching on and off for the past 3 months I figured it was time to join and ask this great community for help with a new build. This will be used more for gaming than anything else. I'm a bit of a graphics enthusiast and would like whatever I play Battlefield 3, Fallout New Vegas, Arkham City and the like to run smooth and flawless and look as nice as possible on a 50" Panasonic Plasma (@720p).


Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 Months

Budget Range: Near the $2,000 mark after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, ripping/watching Blu Ray, streaming web video (Netflix/Hulu)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (Plan on connecting via HDMI to TV)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No preference. Whatever can play graphic rich games maxed out well and run smooth and flawlessly

Overclocking: If it's easy enough.

SLI or Crossfire: If it will help with the graphic rich games.

Monitor Resolution: 720p 50" Panasonic Plasma

Additional Comments: Graphics, graphics, graphics. Any recommendations on a battery back up/surge protection? Also, recommendation on blank Blu Ray media and a good ripping encoding program.
a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2011 8:30:06 PM

720P?

you can probably get everything you need at that resolution from a Llano A8-3850 build combined with a HD 6670 in hybrid crossfire. $500
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a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2011 9:02:44 PM

well first of all, you are not telling the resolution of your Monitor, i did a little research and i think its a Viera Panasonic with 1,920 x 1,080 , read this article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

now what size do you want your rig?


ATX
MICRO ATX
MINI ITX


you can build anything with that kind of money, but going smaller is gonna need experience
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October 21, 2011 9:21:05 PM

It is 1920x1080 max resolution. I think an ATX would be best for the interior room.

Was the article to get me to better understand my graphics card options? Still kinda lost.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 21, 2011 9:24:52 PM

whats going to matter: do you want a HTPC case? Small form factor that takes only half-height cards? or something like a full PC case?
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October 22, 2011 12:59:28 AM

Full PC case would be good. The more room to fit compensates, the better.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 9:52:28 AM

for $2000 you should have a top-class gaming system that can act as an HTPC.

i5-2500K: $220
8 GB RAM: $47
Noctua CH14: $87
AS Rock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3: $125
Zotac GTX 570: $330
Antec HCG 620W PSU: $80
Blue Ray burner: $80
case to your taste up to $100
AVerMedia AVerTVHD Bravo PCTV Tuner : $40
Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD: $180
Samsung F3 1TB: $70

total $1369
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 11:00:56 AM

OP could look at the silverstone TJ08-E case - really small and awesome for a HTPC/gaming build for the living room - or any room in fact.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 11:16:14 AM

just a note: the 570 I chose, while full height, is only 9 inches long, so it can go in some very small cases
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October 22, 2011 11:58:00 AM

How well would something like this do?

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English

CHASSIS COLOR Matte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

MEMORY 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

VIDEO CARD Dual 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 - SLI Enabled

HARD DRIVE 2TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache

MONITOR No Monitor

SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) and DVDRW


It was an Alienware Aurora "Battlefield 3" build. I think I may change the HDD to 1TB and put an additional SSD in. Not sure about the dual drives or cooling options.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 12:01:35 PM

^ and thats going for how much?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 12:22:06 PM

crappy compared to my build.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2011 12:30:17 PM

:lol:  :)  :na: 
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October 22, 2011 11:36:03 PM

Lutfij said:
^ and thats going for how much?

$2,350

What do you guys think of the Lifehacker build done a month or so ago for a higher end HTPC around $1,200?

Lifehacker build link
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2011 4:51:02 AM

20GAGT02 said:
How well would something like this do?

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English

CHASSIS COLOR Matte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

MEMORY 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

VIDEO CARD Dual 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 - SLI Enabled

HARD DRIVE 2TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache

MONITOR No Monitor

SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) and DVDRW


It was an Alienware Aurora "Battlefield 3" build. I think I may change the HDD to 1TB and put an additional SSD in. Not sure about the dual drives or cooling options.


1| its just plain/straightup/really crap compared to what mr squirel posted for you...all the newest gen parts and the best you can buy with green colored paper.

the above cyberbuild is ripping you off of money and its very evident to us from ours homes. Sure you can pick it up if you're very stubborn - but given a few months time you'll start to understand what you needed and what went into that machine that cyberpower, correction alienware built you.

i posted this on another thread;
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alienwares are like mini coopers with Ferrari grade pricing.


what we got you is more refined, better and priced how it should be - you on the other hand are paying for the moniker.

2| that lifehacker build is the same compared to what mr sqrl posted - so you got the same answer here only earlier.

Edit;
sqrls build - GTX570, BR bruner , Corsair F3 ssd, 8GB DDR3 ram, k proc to overclock in future along with after market cooler, tv tuner, best Z68 mobo around, more than enough juice to power all your stuff.

lifehacker build - GTX560Ti, dvd burner, intel 320 ssd(not that its good), 4GB DDR3 ram, i7-2600 proc no aftermarket cooler, dud gigabyte Z68 mobo, 750W overkill PSU,no tv tuner

* point, set match to sqrl.

... its your money, your decision on how to go.
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October 23, 2011 1:03:02 PM

ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler


Microsoft JR9-00011 Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows


Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q-16GBRL


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support


AVerMedia AVerTVHD Bravo PCTV Tuner MTVHDBRAR PCI-Express x1 Interface


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


IN WIN Maelstrom Black SECC(0.8~1.0mm) ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Grand Total: $1,471.86

How's this? Everything compatible? Thanks for all your help.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2011 1:20:56 PM

looks good to me...you don't need the thermal compound as the Noctua comes with its own very high quality stuff.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2011 2:15:53 PM

wow that build - is looking good. [:isamuelson:6]
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October 23, 2011 2:47:05 PM

Best answer selected by 20GAGT02.
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October 23, 2011 2:48:59 PM

Thanks for the build configuration Sqrl. I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

Thanks for the breakdown of the builds lut.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2011 4:01:51 PM

^ we are here to help mate!+your welcome :na: 
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a c 387 4 Gaming
October 23, 2011 4:02:46 PM

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