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September 2, 2012 5:04:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g. ---- Sometime This Month

Budget Range ---- 300-550

System Usage from Most to Least Important ---- Watching 1080p maybe Blu-Ray, need to be able to burn DVD's or BluRays i deffinetly want to be able to do those

Are you buying a monitor ---- No i plan on buying a TV/monitor

Do you need to buy OS ---- No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts ---- newegg.com / ebay.com / amazon.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country ---- Everett, Washington USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD or Intel ---- it dont matter

Overclocking ---- I have no idea what this means

SLI or Crossfire ---- I have no idea what this means

Additional Comments ---- I want to for sure be able to watch movies in 1080p and be able to burn movies in 1080p, if im able to watch blurays and burn blurays with my budget range that will be awesome, also i want to have a nice Computer Case that i can put some LED lights in so my tower looks sweet

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading ---- Im not upgrading im wanting to build a new computer


Thanks for your help this will be my first time building a computer, so im gonna need everything cause im building this from scratch thank you for all your help :) 

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September 2, 2012 6:36:13 PM

Here is one I plan on building in the near future:

*Link removed*

EDIT: Link above is now working.
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September 2, 2012 6:51:48 PM

does it have HD video and DVD burner atleast?
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September 2, 2012 6:53:19 PM

i got a question if i buy a Computer Case will practically any motherboard, video card, sound card, HDD, ram, etc... fit in the computer case???
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September 2, 2012 6:58:07 PM

Yes. The video card will play HD video and even do well with most games. The dvd burner is just standard dvd... a Bluray burner and the necessary software will add another hundred bucks. Windows 7 operating system will add another hundred bucks also (but you can use a free Linux system instead, which works great).

And here's a good, inexpensive wireless card so you can connect wirelessly to your router (if you have a router).

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

EDIT: The case in my build is a micro-atx which will only accept a micro-atx motherboard. You can get an atx mid-tower case instead which will accept a standard atx motherboard or micro-atx motherboard. The micro atx case is a few inches smaller than a mid-tower atx. The video card in my build will fit into most any case, but some of the high-end video cards are very long and you'll need to research for a case that will accept those (some are 12 inches long). Most new motherboards have built-in high quality sound chips, so a sound card is not needed.
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September 2, 2012 7:26:22 PM

I dont need Windows 7, i have a version of windows and this desktop im using right now is running FreeBSD 8.3 but i pretty much need a list of everything i need to buy from start to end, ive never bought parts for a computer and put it together myself i've added things to a desktop but ive never started from scratch so i need to know what motherboard i need to buy computer case ram, hdd, pretty much everything and im trying to get the price anywhere from 300 to maybe 550 i dont game at all im not a gamer at all i use my ps3 for gaming i deffinetly need a DVD burner cause i burn ps3 games so the for sure things i want HD1080p if possible and a DVD burner

if i can add a BLUray video card with a bluray burner in my price range i'd like to add that could you help me out with a list of everything i need to buy? the computer case i want to get a decent looking one not a plain jane looking one if ya get what i mean

( sorry im a bit stoned trying to explain myself lol )
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September 2, 2012 8:35:32 PM

Here's an alternate build that includes everything you'd need for a good htpc tower (but no wireless, bluetooth or remote control). I'll add these disclaimers:
I don't use Bluray, so don't know if the included one is any good, but it does come with the necessary software for Bluray playback.
The hard drive is only 500 gb and you should probably get a 1 tb instead.
The case is a matter of preference. Personally, I wouldn't include any led fans or lights on a home theater system.

I'm surprised nobody has come along and posted a better build for your htpc. Probably by tomorrow there will be some other options posted.

Case- NZXT Phantom gunmetal gray - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - ASRock A75 PRO4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - AMD A8 3850 apu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - Kingston HyperX blu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply - Antec 450w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - WD Caviar Blue 500gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Bluray and media - Plexor w/lightscribe - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost - $576

And here is a good substitute for a remote control device:

Vision Tek mini keyboard w/touchpad - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 2, 2012 9:04:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL Pristine 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 7000B (Black) HTPC Case ($77.29 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $428.22
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


This should probably get you started.

The AMD APU and motherboard will give you the requested 1080p playback. I went with 8GB of RAM for your BR writing needs. The case and power supply are nothing fancy, but quality components and you have your requested Blu-Ray writer.

-Wolf sends
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September 3, 2012 1:46:19 AM

WolfShadow I got a couple of questions

1. Could i possibly change the case to something like

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or does it have to be a HTPC / Media Center Cases???

I dont like the Box Cases i want something that stands up if ya get what i mean

2. So with what i'd buy that you listed i would have 8GB of ram or 4GB of ram? and a 1TB HD?
--- Also i would be able to play 1080p movies BluRay Movies and also be able to burn 1080p movies and burn BluRay Movies

3. With what is selected i would have the internet right?? cause i deffinetly need the internet and Would i have WIFI? or would i have to use a Ethernet cord

4. Last Question This is everything i would need to start a custom pc? so once i installed all those parts and installed a OS on the harddrive the computer would be functionable and working correct?


Thank you so much for your help man like i said this is my first time ever attempting to build a custom PC so sorry for all the noob questions i appreciate you sticking threw and helping me out thanks man
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September 3, 2012 2:01:30 AM

1) You don't need an HTPC case. You can use any case you want so long as it accepts your motherboard's form factor (ATX/MicroATX).
2) Yes, you'd have 8 Gig of RAM and a 1 TB Hard Disk Drive. As I stated, the AMD Processor, with the integrated HD graphics will be sufficient for 1080p playback. With the Blu-Ray burner, you can burn 1080p movies.
3) You would need to connect an ethernet cable (recommended) or add a WiFi card (not recommended).
4) Yes, that's everything you need.

-Wolf sends
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