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Looking to build an HTPC/Medium Gaming PC (2 PC's?)

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September 23, 2012 9:02:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: End of the Year

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $500-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Plex Media Server Transcoding, Light/Medium gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No, using my TV.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) None

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Florida

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is.

Your Monitor Resolution: TV

Additional Comments: I may need to build 2 different PC's for this. I'd like a low-power, quiet htpc like machine for plex media transcoding for remote use. I can use xbmc when I'm on my local LAN, but I don't have an easy solution for an xbmc-like interface remote access of my media. I'd also like something to play some games on occasion. I'm not sure what yet since I don't game on PC currently, but I may start looking around on Steam for some games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No current means of transcoding/no current gaming pc

I created this based on part suggestions from this forum: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ijFX. Does this look okay to game on? It's definitely not appropriate for a 24/7 HTPC machine. If I end up making 2 PC's I'll probably switch out the SSD for a 1tb drive.

I'm not sure what to use for plex media server. This one needs to be quiet and definitely low-powered since it will likely be on 24/7. For those not familiar, minimum requirements for running a Plex media server are:

Intel Core2Duo processor 2.4 GHz or better
NVidia 9400M, GT320/330M graphic chipsets for hardware x264 decoding
At least 2GB of RAM, 4GB recommended.

Suggestions for either machine are appreciated!
September 23, 2012 9:40:03 PM

Unless you really are running close to 24/7 it might be a better idea to combine this into one pc covering occasional gaming and HTPC duties. Small format mobo's do offer great flexibility and expandability. Add in a few power efficient, quiet, modern components an you should have all bases covered.
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September 23, 2012 9:54:30 PM

Do you have any part suggestions to tweak what I created earlier?

Good point, I imagine I'll only be running it 24/7 if I'm away for an extended period, which happens maybe a week or two straight out of the year plus a few days here and there. The rest of the time, I'll turn it on from around 6pm-11pm. I just want it to be efficient, and the ability to be left on without wreaking havoc on my electric bill.
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September 23, 2012 9:58:34 PM

For you intended use, I'm thinking an i3 would do. With Intel's latest i3's, their power consumption is amazingly low, so it will definitely help with the power consumption/energy bill. Just as a comparison, the i5 2500k uses 95w of power max, while the i3 3XXX uses around 50w.

I'll come back with a parts list :) 
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September 23, 2012 9:59:57 PM

Sounds good! Thanks so much!
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September 23, 2012 10:06:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($105.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B HTPC Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.63 @ Amazon)
Total: $788.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 18:03 EDT-0400)

i3-3220T uses only 35w of power while maintaining extremely good performance :) 

You chose a very weak GPU for a "medium" gaming rig, the HD7770 will outperform it by a VERY LARGE margin :) 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask :) 

**EDIT**

I just noticed your budget was around $700, I made this rig based on your parts list, so I went with a $750 budget. If you need some things changed, feel free to let me know and I'll be more than happy to swap out a few components.
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September 23, 2012 11:35:11 PM

Check your PMs KeriM.
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October 8, 2012 9:20:58 PM

mocchan said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($105.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B HTPC Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.63 @ Amazon)
Total: $788.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 18:03 EDT-0400)

i3-3220T uses only 35w of power while maintaining extremely good performance :) 

You chose a very weak GPU for a "medium" gaming rig, the HD7770 will outperform it by a VERY LARGE margin :) 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask :) 

**EDIT**

I just noticed your budget was around $700, I made this rig based on your parts list, so I went with a $750 budget. If you need some things changed, feel free to let me know and I'll be more than happy to swap out a few components.


Thanks! That looks like a good build. I probably won't purchase anything until later in the year, but now I have some parts to look at and save up for. I'll let you know if I want to change something later on. Btw, sorry it took me so long to respond, I stopped receiving reply notifications, so I didn't know you had responded.
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October 8, 2012 9:21:53 PM

Best answer selected by kerim.
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October 9, 2012 11:21:27 PM

kerim said:
Thanks! That looks like a good build. I probably won't purchase anything until later in the year, but now I have some parts to look at and save up for. I'll let you know if I want to change something later on. Btw, sorry it took me so long to respond, I stopped receiving reply notifications, so I didn't know you had responded.

You're very welcome, glad to be of assistance :) 
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