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Recommend a good HTPC build for under 500 dollars

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January 10, 2012 7:00:50 PM

I'm looking to build a gaming/htpc system for under 500 dollars without rebates.

Approximate Purchase Date: Any time

Budget Range: 400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching HD movies, web browsing, photoshop

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Hard drive, Optical drive, Operating System

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Tigerdirect, eBay

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: A nice looking, small (cube preferred) case, and a decent video card (6850 most likely)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 720p, 1080i

Additional Comments: I already have a hard drive, and optical drive, and Windows 7. I'd like to play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on medium to high settings with or without AA.
January 10, 2012 8:41:57 PM

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January 11, 2012 1:28:34 AM

Oh, I forgot to mention I don't need RAM either. I cannot go over 500 dollars.
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January 11, 2012 1:41:06 AM

I3 210 Sandy Bridge 3.1 GHz ($124.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock H61M-GE LGA 1155 H61 mATX 4 DIMM Slot Motherboard ($62.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti ($209.99) ($2.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 400w ($44.99) ($5 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Future ATX Case ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cut down the mobo to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . If you HAVE to be under $500 no exceptions.
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January 11, 2012 1:54:11 AM

I don't need a DVD burner, and I'd prefer a 6850/6870. So I'll probably need a 500w power supply.
I read that the case you linked has the HDD bay blocking the RAM and the Video Card going over the Sata ports
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January 11, 2012 9:07:18 AM

xpeh said:
I don't need a DVD burner, and I'd prefer a 6850/6870. So I'll probably need a 500w power supply.
I read that the case you linked has the HDD bay blocking the RAM and the Video Card going over the Sata ports


You know a GTX 560 Ti is as powerful as the 6950 1gb? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...
And I changed the case.
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January 11, 2012 9:10:50 AM

xpeh said:
I don't need a DVD burner, and I'd prefer a 6850/6870. So I'll probably need a 500w power supply.
I read that the case you linked has the HDD bay blocking the RAM and the Video Card going over the Sata ports


And you don't need a 500w PSU. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/phenom-ii-overclock-graph... Tom's hardwire fired up a PC with over twice the TDP of the i3 and a 6870 WITH overclocking.
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January 11, 2012 9:13:01 AM

samuelspark said:
You know a GTX 560 Ti is as powerful as the 6950 1gb? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...
And I changed the case.

I know that the GTX 560 Ti is as powerful as the 6950, but the 6850 is significantly cheaper considering my low budget. But would the 400w power supply be sufficient for a GTX 560 Ti? I wouldn't want to overload my Power Supply. And yes, I have a budget with 500 dollars as the absolute maximum. Since I already have a dvd burner, I can shave 20 bucks off of the build. Can I use a cheaper AMD cpu and an AM3 motherboard instead?
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January 11, 2012 9:18:11 AM

There's no upgrade path with AMD and i5 beats all of AMD's CPU's in gaming.
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January 11, 2012 10:15:28 AM

xpeh said:
Monitor Resolution: 720p, 1080i
What monitor resolution do you really have?
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January 11, 2012 10:19:31 AM

xpeh said:
and I can unlock the CPU.
An unlocked Phenom II X4 960T 3.0Ghz won't be as good @ gaming as the Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz overclocked to 3.6Ghz.
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January 11, 2012 10:23:13 AM

I'm gonna use a 1920X1080 monitor. Would the Phenom II X4 965 be as good as the 955?
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January 11, 2012 10:28:27 AM

It would be a little bit better - but in your case with the HD 6870 graphics card I think you go with the lower cost CPU.
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January 11, 2012 10:39:23 AM

WR2 said:
It would be a little bit better - but in your case with the HD 6870 graphics card I think you go with the lower cost CPU.


Newegg doesn't seem to have the 555 in stock
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January 11, 2012 10:51:22 AM

You don't happen to live near a MicroCenter, do you?
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January 11, 2012 10:54:13 AM

WR2 said:
You don't happen to live near a MicroCenter, do you?

I don't live anywhere near MicroCenter. The nearest one is several states away lol. I can try on eBay
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January 11, 2012 10:54:26 AM

I wouldn't go AMD right just because there's nowhere to go from phenom and i5 will stomp any cpu amd has in gaming.
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January 11, 2012 11:00:37 AM

But I wouldn't want to spend more than 500. I still want a video card like the 6870.
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January 11, 2012 11:01:00 AM

Try google shopping and see what turns up. Besure to check total cost - shipping & taxes (if any) included.
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January 11, 2012 11:02:37 AM

WR2 said:
Try google shopping and see what turns up. Besure to check total cost - shipping & taxes (if any) included.

I'll check right now and post anything good
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January 11, 2012 11:02:42 AM

I3 2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1 GHz ($124.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115078
Asrock H61M-GE LGA 1155 H61 mATX 4 DIMM Slot Motherboard ($62.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157256
Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti ($209.99) ($2.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125401
Antec NEO ECO 400w ($44.99) ($5 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371029
Rosewill Future ATX Case ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] l%20future

Cut down the mobo to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 84ic4bkr11 . If you HAVE to be under $500 no exceptions.
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January 11, 2012 11:13:18 AM

samuelspark said:
I3 2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1 GHz ($124.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115078
Asrock H61M-GE LGA 1155 H61 mATX 4 DIMM Slot Motherboard ($62.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157256
Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti ($209.99) ($2.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125401
Antec NEO ECO 400w ($44.99) ($5 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371029
Rosewill Future ATX Case ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] l%20future

Cut down the mobo to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 84ic4bkr11 . If you HAVE to be under $500 no exceptions.

All of the links are broken
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January 11, 2012 12:01:55 PM

i3 2100 ($124.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($62.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon HD 6870 HIS ($159.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ModXStream 500w ($64.99 + $15 promotional newegg gift card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Case ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz ($35.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $508.94 - $10 with promotional code newcustomer10 and don't forget the $15 gift card you get.
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February 6, 2012 8:42:52 PM

Best answer selected by XPEH.
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February 6, 2012 9:28:31 PM

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