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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.
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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,

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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

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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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August 1, 2012 3:01:01 AM

Best answer selected by Shockattackr.
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