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July 31, 2012 11:25:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this month

Budget Range: 400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No i will be using my 32 inch tv



Parts to Upgrade: everything (minus maybe the Powersupply i think i have a couple at home)

Do you need to buy OS: Nope I have a backup disk :D 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca newegg.com ncix.com canadacomputers.com
Location: Toronto Ontario

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking:no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution:32 inch TV

Additional Comments: I have a case that i will be using, its kinda overkill (Antec Eleven Hundred)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: i want to watch movies in my room

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July 31, 2012 11:41:09 PM

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You are not gaiming? if your are not a laptop will be MUCH better for just watching movies but, if you dont want a laptop thats fine, i can make you a cheap 500$ build but tell me exactly what PSU's you have.


Not on a 32" screen - most laptop HDMI to HDMI connectors really suck, I've tried with my laptop, an HTPC is a far better choice.

I'm in the same boat - I'm looking to build an HTPC - my first attempt did not go over very well because the case I got was way too big for the shelf it's being placed on. I'm looking at going mATX based around the AMD A8-3870K or waiting for socket FM2 to see if anything improves performance wise.
July 31, 2012 11:41:52 PM

I have a dedicated Gaming rig thats 2500 but i have a desk in my living room for that. I already have a laptop, which can play games, But i want a PC i can shove in my Entertainment system,

Edit

The motherboard Must have a Opticial Audio Jack, I already have a 5.0 Surround system
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July 31, 2012 11:48:55 PM

if its movies, a A series chip can cover just about all the needs.

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July 31, 2012 11:49:38 PM
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Shockattackr said:
I have a dedicated Gaming rig thats 2500 but i have a desk in my living room for that. I already have a laptop, which can play games, But i want a PC i can shove in my Entertainment system,

Edit

The motherboard Must have a Opticial Audio Jack, I already have a 5.0 Surround system


I was screwing around on PC Part Picker, maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.31 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone GD05B HTPC Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $537.21
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 19:49 EDT-0400)

If you need to add a sound card get like an Asus Xonar or something.
July 31, 2012 11:53:47 PM

cool, i can knock off the case, and the solid state (replace it with like a 60GB) knock out the power supply as I am sure i have a 500watt laying around somewhere. so thats like 200$ off the list, ill probs just need a regular DVD player (i can rip Blurays on my gaming tower seeing as that has my Blu ray player
July 31, 2012 11:54:14 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I was screwing around on PC Part Picker, maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.31 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone GD05B HTPC Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $537.21
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 19:49 EDT-0400)

If you need to add a sound card get like an Asus Xonar or something.



drop case, get soundcard
July 31, 2012 11:57:51 PM

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Whats wrong with gaming on a 32" screen? one of my gaming PCs is connected to a 55" LCD TV and i play almost every game in there fine (using a wired X360 gamepad of course)


Definitely nothing wrong with that - my home PC is hooked up to a 42" Vizio. What I'm saying is hooking a laptop up to a 32" screen is horrendous, I've tried hooking mine up to my parents' TV and the NVIDIA control panel doesn't scale the resolution to match the TV so it always looks off.
August 1, 2012 12:01:40 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dxbP

this is a modification from G-Unit's

I will be stealing possibly a 6770 from my brother after i give him my 560ti

My case will be a massive thing (Antec Eleven Hundred) i dont need storage drives as i have close to 4 TB of space in my gaming machine, so I will probs take out 2TB and shove it away
August 1, 2012 12:07:22 AM

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Oh... Well idk, i've never had any problems with my laptop or iPad when i conected them to my tv, they've always work perfectly


Maybe it's just my laptop is really old now.
August 1, 2012 1:52:52 AM

I used my ASUS laptop on my 40" TV with no problem, it was slim and quiet and I could even manage to play a few games on it.

For a case, why not look at this: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=227&area=...

It comes with a 300W silverstone power supply, it can handle a 9" graphics card and a 3.5" hard drive like that Seagate. The PSU will limit the graphics card you can use to something like a 7750 (there is a 450w version of the SG06).

For the motherboard, I have a ASRock H77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and that has a digital optical socket which I have plugged into my home cinema system, it also has 7 channel outputs as well. You can also use the HDMI to route your audio through your TV, if the TV has a optical out connected to your amp.
August 1, 2012 2:46:35 AM

But i wont be needing a case, I have one, I wont need a Video card, Ill be buying a new one for my gaming rig, I have the HDD space, I have a working PSU.. so what i linked above is what i feel like i am getting
August 1, 2012 3:01:01 AM

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