Need CPU/MB suggestion for basic HTPC Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: March 23, 2012 12:00 PM in Systems Share skaughtz 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. More about : cpu suggestion basic htpc sosofm 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... TOTAL : $149.98 You don't need video card because is integrated in the processor DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D rwpritchett 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. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/103341-8-selling-htpc... Oh, and I totally agree. Do not use that old 6600GT. Use bundled video or get a newer card. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumCpu/mb upgrade suggestions for futureproof system Forum**Critique My Quiet Cheap Gaming HTPC Build** ForumBasic HTPC ForumMemory or CPU/MB problem ForumBudget HTPC build help Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] -htpc-part Forum~$1000 HTPC / Gaming Build ForumSub-500 dollar HTPC mini ITX build ForumNew basic HTPC build ForumCPU+MB for 300-400$ ForumHelp with htpc build ForumGuess everyone hates AMD now? ForumNew $400-500 PC Build - HTPC / Media Storage / Video/Photo Editing ForumHelp with an HTPC build ForumNew HTPC ForumXbmc htpc suggestions ForumHTPC $600-$1,000. Need shopping list/tutorial suggestions. ForumNeed some opinions on a Mobo/Cpu choice htpc ForumIs this a good budget gaming build?? More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !