1 htpc 1 gaming

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Computer 1
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Approximate Purchase Date: now

Budget Range: 500~600

Main Purpose: watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or nxic.com

Location: Ontario, Canada

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Quiet build. If there are better parts, please tell me what I should change and why. Would like only reliable parts

Parts I would Like:

Processor - i3-2120 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

SSD - Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 60gb
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120


Still need:

Motherboard
Case
Power Supply
Hard Drive (1~1.5 tb)
Cd/dvd reader (or burner... doesnt really matter)
Ram
Video Card

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Computer 2
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Approximate Purchase Date: now

Budget Range: 600~700

Main Purpose: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or nxic.com

Location: Ontario, Canada

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: If there are better parts, please tell me what I should change and why. Would like only reliable parts.

Parts I would Like:

Processor - i5 3450 Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

SSD (Not required, but if within budget) - Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 60gb
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120

Still need:

Motherboard
Case
Power Supply
Hard Drive (1~1.5 tb)
Cd/dvd reader (or burner... doesnt really matter)
Ram
Video Card
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  1. Well your budget is not very big so for now i would say forgo the SSD/s and for both rigs for now?

    HTPC

    A6-3500 APU
    a55/a75 mobo
    4GB RAM
    mATX/mITX as per your tastes/wants

    600-700 for a gaming rig

    Start with a HD 7850
    H77/B75
    i5 3450/4GB RAM
    80+ reliable PSU
  2. I'd get 8GB with that 3450.
  3. How does this stuff sound? The grand total is $100 over what I want it to be. But would cutting the $100 greatly affect performance?
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    Computer 1 - HTPC
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    CPU/GPU - AMD A6-3500 Llano
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951

    MOBA -ASUS F1A55-M
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131813

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2gb
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    HDD - WD RE4
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136697

    Blue Ray Burner - I believe this one contains software to watch blue ray.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136249

    Case and PSU - I believe this case comes with a PSU.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154087

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    Computer 2 - Gaming
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    CPU - i5 3450 Ivy Bridge .
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

    GPU - Radeon HD 7850
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

    I might want Radeon HD 6850 and switch to an i3 to save that $100 and could use the extra money elsewhere? Opinions please.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353


    MOBA - ASUS P8H77. I believe this is compatible.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131826

    I'm thinking about ECS H77H2-M3(1.0) to cut cost. Opinions please.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135306

    RAM - GSKILL Ripjaws 2x4gb
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    PSU - Anetc Earthwatts EA-380D. I feel like I could cut back the cost on this.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    HHD - WD Caviar Blue
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    CD Drive - LITE-ON
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

    Case - Corsair Carbide Series 300R
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011
  4. Nah skimping on GPU wouldn't serve you well for a gaming rig and it would start choking sooner rather than later @@
  5. For the 2nd build, if you need to, get an i5-2400/2500. The 6850 is vastly less powerful than the 7850. Get the ASUS mobo, and get a beefier PSU. 500W is good. You could get a cheaper case for $50 or something. I would also recommend a Corsair PSU.
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