Need advice for HTPC gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Oct 2012

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Location: Philippines

Parts Preferences: Seeking advice especially on the compatibility of the parts, power and heat

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core (not sure if this is ok, or if i need to up this to i5-2500k which i'm considering as well)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower
Power Supply: Corsair 800W ATX12V
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  1. What exactly would your budget be in pesos?
  2. estimate in dollars around 700-1000. that's basically around 30-45k in pesos.
  3. Okay. With that budget, we can get you a much better build for your money.
    Which part of the Philippines are you in? So I'll know which store will be able to provide you with the best prices.
  4. manila. actually already have a shortlist of 3 stores for parts. problem is whether my build is feasible for htpc hehe. also need to know if the i3.3220T is worth it, considering it is only 35w compared to the i5-2500k which is 95w
  5. Here you go, got them all from 1 store. They have the best prices so far.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 up to 3.50 GHz Processor ₱8,300.00
    Mobo: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ₱4,660.00
    GPU: Sapphire HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 ₱14,500.00
    RAM: G.SKILL ARES 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 CL9 ₱2,180.00
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 64MB ₱3,900.00
    PSU: Corsair VX550 550watts 80Plus (True Rated) ₱2,650.00
    Case: Aerocool Strike-X One Advance MidTower Casing ₱2,400.00

    Total: ₱38,590
  6. Hi Excella, thanks for the feedback. I'd still like to stick with HTPC micro atx. We don't have much space because this will already be a second computer, hence the form factor is quite important.

    I chose HD 7750 because it did not need additional power. However I'm not sure if the i3-3220T's lower power consumption would cripple the GPU. If it would, I will go for an i5 instead.

    I also read that the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 is also a good mobo. Does it play well with HD 7750?
  7. What do you mean by "did not need additional power"? For what? You'll have to be more elaborate on this. The CPU's power consumption has nothing to with bottleneck-ing/crippling a GPU, as far as I know.
    Your PSU is way overkill too. A 550w unit will be more than enough to serve that build pretty good.

    The Gigabyte motherboard you chose is good, though very overpriced compared to the ASRock z77 Extreme4-M, that's $30 cheaper on Newegg, around P1230 in the Philippines; and it contains alot more features. See comparison.

    Great choice in the Mini Tower. My suggestions if you want alternative would be the
    Cooler Master 342 or 361
    Aerocool Qs-202 (comes with 2 pre-installed fans)
  8. By not needing additional power, i mean it does not need auxillary power. I'm also looking at a price point of around 5k - 10k for the gpu. 14k might be a bit too much.
    I'll go with your suggestion of the i5 cpu.

    Thanks for the advice on the mobo and the casing as well. Another casing I failed to mention are the lian-li micro-atx cases. Are they a viable or advisable alternative?
  9. psilens said:
    By not needing additional power, i mean it does not need auxillary power.

    I still don't get it, sorry. If anyone else does, please feel free to butt in and answer.

    About the GPU, get this then SAPPHIRE HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5. It's totally worth it. Very good for movies, mid-range gaming and general use.

    Lian Li cases are generally good quality. It would be nice if you post the specific model you're looking to buy though, so we can give better insight.
  10. I was reading up on the 7950 and I might actually go with your suggestion. I'm considering splitting my spending on the computer and maybe go with integrated graphics first and then get the GPU 1 month after. Considering Trinity is quite promising for integrated graphics. I'll post an alternative build hopefully tomorrow. Thanks so much for the advice so far!
  11. That's great. The reason I suggested the 7950 was because I was revolving around the budget you gave. I was quite surprised you'd want a cheap card with that much money.

    Good luck with your new build!
  12. Well budget aside, I'm also keen on keeping temperatures and power consumption low without compromising too much. I don't like a small box that sounds like it's about to take off hehe
  13. As long as you're not overclocking an Ivy Bridge, and you have good airflow, you won't need to worry about temps. An i3 build would be as low as it gets regarding power consumption. AMD cards have been very energy-friendly lately as well.
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