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Need CPU/MB suggestion for basic HTPC

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March 22, 2012 4:59:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week.

Budget Range: Minimum possible (need=capability).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing, music, Blu Ray movies.

Parts Not Required: All.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: Unsure. 42" Plasma.

Additional Comments: Building for the wife to use as an HTPC on livingroom television. Web, Youtube, music, Blu Ray. No modern gaming (maybe Age of Empires 2 or Everquest rarely).

Components already purchased:

Case - Silverstone ML03B
SSD (for OS) - Crucial M4 64GB
HDD - Samsung 1TB
Ram - 4GB GSkill... either 1x4GB or 2x2GB depending on MB.
Optical drive - LG Blu Ray
PSU - Antec EA-380D
GPU - GeForce 6600GT pulled from old dust-collector. Would prefer not to use any GPU unless needed.

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March 22, 2012 6:20:34 PM

For HTPC and light gaming this is the best and cheap option.
MOBO : BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
CPU : AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D
TOTAL : $149.98
You don't need video card because is integrated in the processor DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D
March 23, 2012 12:00:48 PM

Fellow Tom's member ErniePotts posted a lot of the exact parts you listed for sale in the classified section. Might get a good deal on some slightly used stuff.

Oh, and I totally agree. Do not use that old 6600GT. Use bundled video or get a newer card.