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August 28, 2012 3:42:56 PM

Hello,
I want to thank you all for helping me build my very first computer. I built it all by myself. Been running since January. I'm so proud. I'm in my 60's and when I first sat down a computer, I was so imitated because I thought I needed an electrical engineering degree to operate that thing and it was all due to your help I got to the point of building my own. Now I need help getting set up with HTPC/GAMING. I need a quality build that cost no more $700. Please recommend me a build.
I will probably need to buy everything. I'm in USA and can usually buy from Nicx, newegg, amazon, tiger direct, etc. Thanks!
August 28, 2012 4:01:41 PM

if you want best gaming rig for $700 then go with amd FX 8120($160)+Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard($100)+Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560($170)+8gb ddr3 ram($48)+600-650w psu($38)+case($34)+1tb hdd($107)+dvd rw($18)

total cost---$670

and also you have option of upgrade to piledriver later
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August 28, 2012 4:38:25 PM

Thanks for replying. And I can use this as a HTPC too?
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August 28, 2012 5:00:26 PM

This HTPC will be used on Mitsubishi 65738 3D 1080p. If it can play with Xbox 360 well, will it be alright with HTPC/GAMING? I have dish network dvr. Don't have any speakers yet but that will be another time. I could go up a little higher in price. I saw the other builds here regarding HTPC/GAMING and it's seem to me that my price doesn't leave much room to use both without sacrificing quality. Could I play Blu rays if I buy DVD Blu ray burner for the computer. Because this build will be used as gaming, will the parts required make it noisy? I really don't need this now so I can wait for the best sales.
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August 28, 2012 5:06:52 PM

560's mini hdmi output be fine to output to a lcd tv
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August 28, 2012 5:14:31 PM

tassietim said:
560's mini hdmi output be fine to output to a lcd tv

I have Mitsubishi WD65738. Only have 2 HDMI connections left. Can I connect to the DVR?
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August 28, 2012 5:32:27 PM

Hi i made two bulds for you.The first one is priced at your limit.Its's a very powerfull PC which is also very good as a HTPC.The second one is only good for movies.It can't run any of the latest games.

First one :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $687.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 13:32 EDT-0400)


Second one :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($52.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $377.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 13:32 EDT-0400)

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August 29, 2012 4:24:53 PM

irishred said:
I have Mitsubishi WD65738. Only have 2 HDMI connections left. Can I connect to the DVR?


cant see any reason why u couldn't, use a mini hdmi to full size hdmi cable
be just a matter of choosing the tv's input source
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