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Recommend some good parts for an HTPC

I'm looking to build a gaming/htpc system for under 500 dollars.

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 case, and a decent video card

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. Best answer
    Here's a build I think you'll be happy with!

    $534 before $50 in MIR(mail in rebates) and shipping

    Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition: $40 with $10 MIR

    Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LX (REV 3.0): $65

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400: $190

    Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333: $19

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2: $60 with $20 MIR

    Video Card: PowerColor 6870 1GB: $160 with $20 MIR

    Have a blast playing Skyrim and BF3!
  2. Oh, I don't need any memory either. I'm not going to encode any videos or do some heavy programming or anything, so I think the i5 might be a tad excessive. I don't think the i3 will bottleneck a 6870. And I can't go over 500 dollars, rebates or not
  3. AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131769

    Total: $325 (shipping and taxes (if applicable) not included)
  4. hpdeskjet said:
    AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131769

    Total: $325 (shipping and taxes (if applicable) not included)


    I wanted to use a HD 6850/6870, not the integrated graphics on that APU. And I think that APU will be overkill for my gaming/htpc build. I'm not planning to overclock, as I like my system cool and quiet. Can you recommend another good CPU?
  5. How about something like this?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103873

    It's very affordable. Not sure what mobo is best for it though.

    Edit: Also something like this?

    Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G620 $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399

    ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131793
  6. hpdeskjet said:
    How about something like this?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103873

    It's very affordable. Not sure what mobo is best for it though.


    That's actually the first processor I planned on using for my build.

    This motherboard looks pretty good - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657
  7. at besthtpc.net they just aadded a new low energy HTPC.
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