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Please help with my HTPC/Gaming (BF3) build - $400 budget

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February 9, 2012 4:23:44 PM

Hi,

I'm looking to build a small, cheap HTPC that will also allow me to play BF3.

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, ideally within the next week.

Budget Range: $400 after rebates, tax, and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing BF3, streaming video, playing video files, web browsing, watching DVD's and Blu-Rays, and gaming (mostly L4D2 and MoH which require less power than BF3)

Parts Not Required: HDD, Keyboard, Monitor, PSU, and OS. Below is what I already have.

HDD: Seagate 320GB

Monitor/TV: Sharp Aquos 32"

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C

Keyboard: Logitech K360

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I really don't care where it's from as long as it's cheap and won't take forever to ship. The sites I mostly use are newegg, amazon, and Tigerdirect.

Country: New York, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, but prefer not to as I have no experience with it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but only if it falls within my budget.

Monitor Resolution: 720P, 1024x720

Additional Comments: I'd like a horizontal sitting case that's as small as possible.

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February 9, 2012 4:27:32 PM

Here's some parts I was considering based on recommendations from elsewhere.

Pentium G630 - $65
Sapphire Radeon HD6850 - $120 (AR)
G. Skill Value Series Ram - $37 for 8GB
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February 9, 2012 7:44:44 PM

Those are good choices. I would recommend this motherboard for that CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also don't need 8Gb of RAM, 4GB is more than enough. Go with this so you can upgrade to 8GB later if you wish:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, your wish for a horizontal case is unreasonable since the graphics card is like 6in tall. Also horizontal cases are more expensive. You can go with the NZXT GAMMA, a great case that contains loads of features:
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

Since you aren't playing at 1080p, the graphics card is more than capable of playing games at ultra detail.
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February 10, 2012 9:05:05 PM

I know I will probably get flamed for this, but have you considered a PS3?
Is Bluray a necessity? I highly doubt you will see a difference between DVD and Bluray on a screen like that.
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February 10, 2012 9:06:39 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
I know I will probably get flamed for this, but have you considered a PS3?
Is Bluray a necessity? I highly doubt you will see a difference between DVD and Bluray on a screen like that.


I actually have one already. But I want a PC so that I can download torrents and play FPS's, which I really can't get used to doing with a gamepad.
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