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Looking to build a 750 dollar htpc/gaming rig

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November 21, 2011 7:22:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: December

Budget Range: 750 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, htpc (1080p videos of all formats)

Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse,monitors,speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon, ncix wherever really

Country: Usa (texas)

Parts Preferences: for the case I have decided on the Silverstone GD06B

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The total build cost needs to include an oem copy of Win 7 (100 dollars right there). This is going to be on all the time, so low power would be good. I dont require a blu ray drive, a regular dvd drive is fine.
November 21, 2011 7:46:04 PM

Heres a rough list Ive come up with Im willing to work with it to make this a good build. Any suggestions?

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.95 @ Office Depot)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($136.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone GD06B HTPC Case ($122.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $744.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-21 16:45 EST-0500)
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November 21, 2011 8:02:34 PM

Only thing that I would advise is replacing the HDD with a 7200rpm. Makes a bigger difference when the disk starts to get full, and you probably don't need 2TB for now... (oh and you don't really save any money when you choose a 5400rpm over an 7200 one.)
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November 21, 2011 8:09:52 PM

hotpotato said:
Only thing that I would advise is replacing the HDD with a 7200rpm. Makes a bigger difference when the disk starts to get full, and you probably don't need 2TB for now... (oh and you don't really save any money when you choose a 5400rpm over an 7200 one.)



I went with that hard drive because Ive read that for an htpc the caviar greens are the way to go. What would be a good alternative? I know that most hard drive prices are going to absurd for a while so that kinda sucks.
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April 13, 2012 12:15:02 AM

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6MEx
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6MEx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6MEx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.89 @ Compuvest)
*placeholder, use Ivy Bridge equivalent*

Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.95 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone GD06B HTPC Case ($122.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $782.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-12 20:13 EDT-0400)

$30 over budget, but 1. you can actually buy most of these components when it's December and 2. it doesn't use unstable rebates and discounts. Also, these parts will be much cheaper when it's December.
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