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November 28, 2012 4:52:47 PM

Hi
Planning to get my third PC (thinking of building myself for first time) for following purposes:

1> HTPC (HDMI to Panasonic 42E5D)
2> Media Server(using Media Monkey) to same TV through cross cable.1080i/p files(no real time conversion)
3> 12X7 download rig (JDownloader + Bittorent)
4> Openoffice.org
5> All browser.
6> Games (extrem low end)
7> Win 7.

I want my system should be future-proof for 3 years (if not 5). Should perform above tasks with same speed till then. No micro-ITX board and addon GPU. Silent system is also my preference.

Now I am thinking of following 2 options:

Option 1:

1>AMD 2.1 GHz FM1 uPGA A6 3500 Processor + MSI A75MA-G55 Motherb Combo Motherboard (SATA 6 Gb/s and USB3)

2>WD Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (WD20EARX)

3> 4 GB RAM (preferably low cost)

Option 2:

1> i5 2500k + z77 (as for my future proofing need but only proc+mobo sucking most of my budget, Still I can postpone the built for couple of month gathering all other components)

2>WD Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (WD20EARX)

3> 4 GB RAM (preferably low cost)

I am using Intels since 1999 and having a notion that AMDs are only great on specsheets but tons of +ve reviews and budget is encourageing me to keep AMD as opt1.

Please guys help me choose.

Thanks.
November 28, 2012 5:28:28 PM

That AMD APU is a very low end CPU and the onboard video is not that great. The 2500K is a good CPU but it doesn't make sense to pair it with a Z77 motherboard - you will need a Z68 or P67 motherboard instead. The green hard drive will be incredibly slow.

What is your budget? Knowing that will help to suggest an HTPC.
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November 29, 2012 3:28:35 PM

Well my budget was max 400 for Proc+Mobo+RAM+SSD/HDD+400W PSU. But it can be stretched to max 400 for Proc+Mobo+RAM.
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November 29, 2012 3:42:25 PM

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Total: $383.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 12:42 EST-0500)
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November 29, 2012 4:07:05 PM

Faster RAM makes a big difference to the A series CPU's. Try to go for 1600Mhz Cas 9 RAM since it is good for the price.
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November 29, 2012 4:16:58 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Faster RAM makes a big difference to the A series CPU's. Try to go for 1600Mhz Cas 9 RAM since it is good for the price.


Huh, I didn't know that. Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Total: $414.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 13:16 EST-0500)
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April 10, 2013 9:06:35 AM

Thanks to g-unit1111 & jmsellars1. Sorry I diverted for couple of months.

I have revised to following:
1> A10-5800K
2> Mobo ASuS e7424 f2a85 m pro
3> Transcend DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (TX2400KLU-4GK)

Now please tell me if this mobo can play 3d video in a 3D monitor I am planing in near future.

Thanks again.
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