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October 31, 2012 2:37:03 AM

I want to build a multipurpose PC as a HTPC/photoshop/minor gaming machine. I want to keep the costs as low as possible, but have the ability to make upgrades if I choose to do so in the future(looking for a current socket for CPU upgrades). Black friday/cyber monday is coming in about a month.I'm willing to wait out for the sales. This will also give me time to figure out what will best suit my needs for the build.

Here is my idea for the dual HTPC/general use setup:

My living room TV is on the opposing wall of the TV in my bedroom.

On the bedroom side I would like to put a desk with the PC, a monitor, and a HD TV as the second monitor(dual monitor setup).

I would like to create a mount for the second monitor(HD tv) that I can adjust vertically. The idea is that I could adjust the HD TV vertically so I could lay in bed and watch TV (using the pc as a HTPC), and adjust the TV down when I'm using the PC at the desk. Any ideas?

On the living room side of the wall is my primary HDTV. I would like to have the PC in my bedroom connected as a htpc via HDMI. The TV also has a VGA input that looks ok with my aging laptop connected to it.

I'm assuming I'll need to buy a video card to run alll these monitors(?). But the thing is, they won't be running all at one time. If I'm in my bedroom I want the dual monitor setup, and won't need video to the TV in the living room. If I'm in the living room, I won't need the dual monitor setup running in the bedroom. You get the picture.

Planning on getting a wireless keyboard for the living room. For the bedroom, I may just use an old wired keboard, mouse, and htpc remote.

Approximate Purchase Date: black friday/cyber monday

Budget Range: $300-$450? USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, web browsing, photoshop(light usage), gaming (not a big gamer)
Are you buying a monitor: maybe. looking for cheap. might head to craigslist for the monitor

Do you need to buy OS: yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com, Newegg, Tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Indianapolis, IN USA

Parts Preferences: AMD with APU to keep costs down? I also prefer Gigabit and MSI motherboards. I like Intel, but for this build I think I'll get more for my money using AMD. What do you think? I like the AMD FX 4170 4.2 ghz

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: ? what would work well with what I'm trying to do?

Additional Comments: Ideally I would like a small SSD for the OS, and a magnetic drive for my media. TB magnetic drives have been on sale recently. I like windows 7. The case doesn't need to be anything over the top.

October 31, 2012 3:35:06 AM

Your setup is confusing, can you doodle a diagram in Paint? lol

An A10-5800k would be fine for your purposes or an i3. The HD Graphics 4000 is fine for photoshopping and dual monitors. I used to run an external monitor on my laptop, until I sold it. Worked fine for games and photoshopping. The A10's quad core would be beneficial since Photoshop likes the extra threads and the graphics.

There's no way you're building this for under $450 at these prices. Maybe Black Friday will work some black magic for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: HEC Blitz Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Total: $449.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 31, 2012 4:34:12 AM

The Intel i3 2100 outperforms the FX 4170 CPU-wise. Here's a build that would suit your needs. The graphics card isn't that good but you said you would only be doing light gaming.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0eM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0eM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0eM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $459.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you want to game more, and care less about CPU power, go with an A10.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0hs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0hs/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0hs/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $448.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Honestly if I were you, I'd get the A10, there isn't THAT much of a difference, and you might want to have 8GB RAM later on. 2133MHz RAM just so you'll get like 30% more fps vs. 1333 MHz due to the fact that it uses an APU. Of the three, this build is probably the best.

If you're an avid overclocker, there's another build you could go for. Higher voltage RAM for overclocking, a good CPU for overclocking too.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0h5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0h5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0h5/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $470.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 31, 2012 8:32:23 PM

Thanks for the lists, I'm going to keep my eye out for these components for my build.

Does anyone have experience with a three monitor setup?
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November 10, 2012 12:25:39 AM

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