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June 27, 2012 3:20:41 AM

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Approximate Purchase Date: The next few weeks, I am picking up up parts piecemeal.
Budget Range: Minimal, but approx $300 Aus
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Light gaming/HTPC/general light computer usage
Parts Not Required: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, optical drive, HDDs, keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Parts Preferences: I've already got
GA-EP45-DS3R, QX9650, 4gb 1066 DDR2 RAM, LG Blueray/DVD combo, 1x 500GB WD black, 1x 2TB seagate green, monitor will be my 1080 TV, and I have any number of keyboards, mice, and gamepads, I also have a corsair TX650 psu, but I don't know if its non-modular form will be a hinderance in a HTPC case

I'm looking at getting:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Silverstone LC17-B for the case, as it is a good size while remaining full ATX
Noctua NH-C12P-SE14, maybe overkill but the CPU I have is 130w TDP, and I know the NH-C12P-SE14will handle it
I'm looking for a HD 6850, as I'll be replacing my loud, hot, and hungry HD 4890, but they are a little thin on the ground new, so far I've found an XFX stock model and a gigabyte OC model.
the final piece of the puzzle will be the DTV2000 DS PLUS TV Tuner

Overclocking:Nope, if anything I'll be trying to undervolt everything
SLI or Crossfire: Hell no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments:

This rig is my old gaming rig which has sat virtually unused since I upgraded to sandy bridge and a GTX 580. Our CRT TV finally gave up the ghost and we bought a HDMI capable TV opening the possibility of building a HTPC.

Of course I want to play some games on it in the comfort of the living room. Nothing too taxing, but I have a mental block when it come to down grading my gear. So I kind of feel the gpu needs to at least match or come close to the 4890 it will replace. I have considered the 6790, but the power draw isn't that different to the 6850.

Games would be mostly controller friendly console ports AssCreed, Dirt3, Fifa12, and the like. I still have a gaming/work computer for fun and photo editing. So... Am I asking for trouble using such a hot CPU? Will the non-modular PSU be more trouble than it is worth? Is the 6850 overkill for console based games?

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June 27, 2012 3:48:16 AM

You are a bit, but shouldn't be too bad. And if you use Speedstep that will help a lot.

Couple of things. Double check those WD green drives. They had some that went bad real fast. If 3D is wanted you'll probably want to switch to Nvidia. Problem is you'll need to spend more then you want if you want gaming performance as well. GT430 and GT640 are great with 3D but gaming not so much. If 3D isn't desired then perhaps look at the 7770. Very low power draw and games a bit better then a 6850.
July 8, 2012 1:19:23 PM

Best answer selected by octafish.