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Recommend a good HTPC build for under 500 dollars

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.
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  1. samuelspark said:
    mATX mobo doesn't fit in mITX.


    Brain fart. :lol:

    Maybe try this board instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121507
  2. Use this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332547-31-2012-super-budget-build#t2483005 , but upgrade the gpu to a 6870 and upgrade the CPU to the 2.9 GHz counterpart.
  3. Oh, I forgot to mention I don't need RAM either. I cannot go over 500 dollars.
  4. 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
  5. 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-560-ti-gf114,2845-16.html
    And I changed the case.
  6. 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-graphics-card,review-32280.html Tom's hardwire fired up a PC with over twice the TDP of the i3 and a 6870 WITH overclocking.
  7. samuelspark said:
    You know a GTX 560 Ti is as powerful as the 6950 1gb? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-560-ti-gf114,2845-16.html
    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?
  8. There's no upgrade path with AMD and i5 beats all of AMD's CPU's in gaming.
  9. So would the i3 you linked be better than this?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103912

    This one is 30 dollars cheaper
  10. xpeh said:
    Monitor Resolution: 720p, 1080i
    What monitor resolution do you really have?
  11. 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.
  12. I'm gonna use a 1920X1080 monitor. Would the Phenom II X4 965 be as good as the 955?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. You don't happen to live near a MicroCenter, do you?
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. But I wouldn't want to spend more than 500. I still want a video card like the 6870.
  19. Try google shopping and see what turns up. Besure to check total cost - shipping & taxes (if any) included.
  20. 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
  21. Best answer
    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.
  22. 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
  23. i3 2100 ($124.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($62.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157256&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1t00r80gz2xh9
    Radeon HD 6870 HIS ($159.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389
    OCZ ModXStream 500w ($64.99 + $15 promotional newegg gift card)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
    Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Case ($59.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147108
    Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz ($35.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570

    Total = $508.94 - $10 with promotional code newcustomer10 and don't forget the $15 gift card you get.
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