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New HTPC $300 budget

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March 31, 2012 11:36:43 AM

Budget Range: $300 before taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing (thats basically all)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:www.canadacomputers.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: Sorry, Dont know :(  (It is 1080p, I know that) :lol: 

Additional Comments:I would like a quiet computer

I was wondering if I should just use my current pc from 2008 and get a replacement for it.
Specs-
CPU - q6600 @2.4 ghz
GPU - nVidia 7100 integrated graphics
RAM - 4gb ddr2

4x usb 2.0 6x usb
320gb hdd


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a b C Monitor
March 31, 2012 12:00:29 PM

You could use your current PC and just add a basic graphics card and that should be fine in terms of performance. You could build a new PC which would be a lot quieter with a fraction of the power consumption though.

Tad over the budget but this would be great:

ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD E-350 APU
Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB
Antec ISK 300-150 with 150W PSU
LG DVD Burner

Total - $316.95 on Newegg

The max power draw should be around 30W and the integrated graphics are great for video and even some very basic gaming.
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March 31, 2012 12:26:10 PM

jmsellars1 said:
You could use your current PC and just add a basic graphics card and that should be fine in terms of performance. You could build a new PC which would be a lot quieter with a fraction of the power consumption though.

Tad over the budget but this would be great:

ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD E-350 APU
Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB
Antec ISK 300-150 with 150W PSU
LG DVD Burner

Total - $316.95 on Newegg

The max power draw should be around 30W and the integrated graphics are great for video and even some very basic gaming.

Agreed whit jmsellars1, you should stay whit the same PC. If you want a little better performance, you can get a sweet (basic or mid-range actual video card) GPU just to run properly all that new internet plataform, videos, etc. But you cant make a better change whit $300.
Just my opinion.
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March 31, 2012 12:43:09 PM

Okay so here's what i have so far

Mobo/APU - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... - $130

RAM - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... - $20

Case - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... -$45 (Do you think the power supply will do me any good?)

SSD - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1... - $85

DVD Burner - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... - $17

Total - $297 Nice! Right under the budget
After taxes - $335

EDIT: So are you suggesting I should use my old computer? Or drop a gpu in there to make it better? :lol: 
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a b C Monitor
April 1, 2012 12:45:40 PM

What I am saying is that in terms of performance, your old one would be fine.

BUT, the benefits of a new one would be that the SSD would make it boot and load programs a lot faster, it would likely be a hell of a lot quieter and consume a tiny fraction of the power. It would also be a lot smaller.

If you are concerned with performance, go with your old machine and add a SSD and GPU. Something like the Crucial M4 64GB and a HD 6570 would be great. If you prefer low power consumption, small size and low noise, go with the new build.

I would imagine the included PSU would be fine since even a cheap one should be able to cope with the tiny loads this PC will put on it. We are talking 25W typical load, 35W max.
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