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November 23, 2012 2:38:38 AM

This is my first build. I want to be able to save and stream movies seamlessly though XBMC probably through ubuntu unless you think otherwise. I may do some light ROM gaming, but mostly music and movies. I also want to stream through 1channel.

So what do you think?

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

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone LC20-B HTPC Case ($104.62 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.73 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Enermax KM001W Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($20.40 @ Amazon)
Total: $656.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 23:34 EST-0500)

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November 23, 2012 2:46:16 AM

It sucks! Don't buy it!
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November 23, 2012 2:53:32 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-LC13B-E-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($142.45 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $553.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 23:53 EST-0500)
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November 23, 2012 2:03:46 PM

Please explain why your build is an improvement on mine (besides the lower cost). Thanks!
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November 24, 2012 1:09:06 AM

Your parts aren't really that good. In computer parts, it doesn't mean that the computer is expensive is necessarily better than the cheaper ones.
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November 24, 2012 1:21:50 AM

OK, thanks, but is a 1gb video card enough to stream movies through xbmc?
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November 24, 2012 1:24:39 AM

It's more more more more more more than enough.

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November 24, 2012 1:31:25 AM

OK, great! And the G860 over an i3 or i5? Do I need cooling fans? The rig will be in the basement and has decent wireless reception. Would it benefit from a good network card and if so, what would you recommend?
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November 24, 2012 1:37:21 AM

No need for cooling fans. No need to get above the G860. :) 

You can get a USB Wireless Adapter which would be more beneficial since you can switch it out anytime you need it.

TP link is a good brand
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November 24, 2012 1:40:03 AM

OK, thanks for the help.
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November 24, 2012 1:41:57 AM

No problems :)  Glad to be of help.
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November 24, 2012 2:36:23 AM

OK, some of the things you listed are out of stock. What about this?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/p9lk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/p9lk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/p9lk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY Prevail Elite 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6570 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Silverstone SST-LC13B-E-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($142.45 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $618.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 23:35 EST-0500)

Also, I already have a Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00439GMJ2/ref=oh_deta...

Should I even put a 2tb into my build or just use the networked drive?
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November 25, 2012 3:02:22 AM

Best answer selected by mshowers.
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