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November 28, 2012 9:08:50 PM

i would like to keep the price under $400. heres what i picked so far, anything else i need? or if you can think of a way to get this cheaper let me know. also i will be wanting to get a 7.2 surround for my living room, will i need a sound card or can i run the sound through the hdmi? anyway heres the list http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

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November 28, 2012 10:41:46 PM

Your list doesn't work. Use PC Part Picker or list the parts individually.

You don't need a sound card - if you're using an amplifier you can route the sound through a two-prong audio cable to auxiliary.
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November 29, 2012 3:43:12 AM

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November 29, 2012 3:58:14 AM

The hard drive is IDE, incompatible with the mobo. Also its refurbished and tiny, not good for a HTPC.

Hope you arent thinking of gaming off that card. Get the GT210, $20 cheaper and it works (performance isn't even a consideration at this low end).

You can still get single core CPU's?!

Get this PSU. Bit cheaper and still good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TBH I would put a bit more money into this. $400 is the bare minimum to even build a computer outright.
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November 29, 2012 5:28:47 PM

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ok here we go again...
hhd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136292
mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131795
gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125427
ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231396
psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139026
cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103888
drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135247
case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811163174
ok now maybe?


The CPU you picked is made for servers and the motherboard you picked is made for regular PCs. I'd say ditch the GPU and go with a Trinity based build - the integrated graphics are better than a GT 610 would ever provide and the CPU is far more powerful than that Sempron.
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November 29, 2012 5:51:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($81.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $399.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 29, 2012 5:55:26 PM

djangoringo said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q93l/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($81.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $399.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Avoid Coolmax like the plague - they are one of the industry's absolute worst vendors and it doesn't matter what supply they make.
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November 29, 2012 5:57:53 PM

It surely can powerup with no problems a apu+bluray drive+1hdd...
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November 29, 2012 5:59:22 PM

djangoringo said:
It surely can powerup with no problems a apu+bluray drive+1hdd...


It will but don't expect it to last more than six months before blowing up and taking out your system with it. Cheap power supplies *ARE NOT WORTH IT*, I don't know how many times I have to repeat that but I've seen and used power supplies like this and seen it happen. Not worth it.
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November 29, 2012 6:05:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $380.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a corsair cx 430w.
The other build will be fine too, but if he has doubts seeded by someone...the psu will not blow...in either of the two builds.
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November 29, 2012 6:06:31 PM

djangoringo said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q9aS/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $380.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a corsair cx 430w.
The other build will be fine too, but if he has doubts seeded by someone...the psu will not blow...in either the two builds.


The CX430 is an OK choice - I've seen it struggle with a lot of hardware, it should be fine for an APU though. It will be a better choice than anything Coolmax makes though.
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November 30, 2012 4:34:45 AM

Best answer selected by tjosborne.
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November 30, 2012 4:39:49 AM

thanks for your help guys. i decided that all that all that was between my gaming rig an my living room tv was the wall so i bought a $35 drill and a 6" hdmi cable. less convinient but it will work. easy fix when moving too so no biggie.
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