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$700 HTPC/Casual Gaming/Daily Usage

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December 6, 2011 1:10:06 AM

Hey fellow Hardware members. I made this budget ssd build for a friend and I was wondering how much you guys would like it. Here it is. Improvements are welcome.

Approximate Purchase Date: Late this month / early next month

Budget Range: <$800 before MIR (cheap as possible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: extremely fast speeds, HTPC usage, casual gaming, quietness (like Skyrim)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Being quiet (<30 dB) and compact is a very nice bonus.

Intel i3 2100 at 3.1GHz ($124.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI H67MA-E45 (B3) 1155 mATX USB 3.0 SATA III Motherboard ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Team Elite 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz w/ Free 8GB SD Card ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 400w PSU ($34.99) ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan mATX Gaming Case ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATA III SSD ($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire Radeon 5770 Vapor-X ($119.99) ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung CD/DVD Burner ($18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU Cooler ($14.99) ($.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $708.91 (-$10 with promo code newcustomer10)


December 6, 2011 1:19:06 AM

CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM - 27.99
Seagate Momentus ST905003N1A1AS-RK 500GB - 129.99
LG Slim BD - 99.99
SILVERSTONE Sugo SG05-B w/ 300w PSU - 104.99
ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 - 89.99

A8-3850 - 129.99 (sold out at newegg except OEM w/o heatsink)

total: 582.94

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATA III SSD ($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227706

if subbed out for the hdd total would be 642.94 and would give you a better cpu/gpu combo capable of playing bf3 on mid settings, mw3 on high, and skyrim on high. and you could sub out the ram for your choice and bump it 648.94.

btw skyrim isn't capable of addressing more than 2gb of ram without a third party mod... but 8 gb is nice I admint ;) 
December 6, 2011 1:26:24 AM

My friend does really light gaming. and I think the extra $8 for 4 more gigs is justified. Also, SSD's are significantly faster than hybrids so....
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December 6, 2011 1:28:16 AM

What is this build? Just get him a Phenom II x 4 + AM3 Motherboard build.

It does not make sense to get him an APU then get a discrete video card.

EDIT: LOL. I was looking at another build. Sorry for that.
December 6, 2011 1:29:19 AM

ummm there is no discrete card in my build
December 6, 2011 1:29:22 AM

I tried to make my friend decide between gaming and htpc. He wouldn't pick.
December 6, 2011 1:30:06 AM

samuelspark said:
My friend does really light gaming. and I think the extra $8 for 4 more gigs is justified. Also, SSD's are significantly faster than hybrids so....


I was just posting a build I did for someone else and subbed the ssd for you... price is lower for a better system though
December 6, 2011 1:30:53 AM

samuelspark said:
I tried to make my friend decide between gaming and htpc. He wouldn't pick.


take a quick look around youtube you will find that this processor with no extra graphics card is capable of playing bf3, mw3, and skyrim
December 6, 2011 1:32:02 AM

Not at 1080p.
December 6, 2011 1:36:59 AM

Phenom II x4 960T $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus AM3 Motherboard $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 6770 w/free Dirt3 game $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX500 + Corsair Veangeance $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know what you plan to buy an HDD or an SDD but if he doesn't have an HDD. Get him a good 500gb from amazon which costs only $90.

EDIT: NO need for coolers btw. Doesn't he need a wireless internet adapter?

EDIT2: I would want to get him a better GPU like a 6870 but I really don't know what he wants to do except Skyrim. If budget allows which I know it does get him a 6870.
December 6, 2011 1:50:16 AM

He's going do pretty light gaming . I think Medium settings is enough and he doesn't play eyecandy fps games. And i3 is better than Phenom at gaming (in skyrim and sc2)
December 6, 2011 9:19:13 AM

That's SATA II and will be bottleneckede by the SSD. Also doesn't havea HD audio.
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