HTPC+Moderate Gaming Budget Build Help

Hello Tom's Hardware!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week; can/will pull trigger on any immediate deals.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $900 ,Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Longevity/upgradability, Watching/ripping 3-400 DVD/BD and internet video, including 3d, gaming w/ steam big picture (would like to be able to play Batman AC, Dishonored, etc, but not Farcry 3 or other super intensive games, media server

Are you buying a monitor: No - I will be using this LG TV

Parts to Upgrade: This is a new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg

Location: Close to Nashville, TN

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have a combined budget of $1200 for this project and a new receiver - clearly not looking for a high end receiver; I am replacing my Onkyo whose HDMI bridge is fubar. I have a Harmony One remote.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Adding an HTPC to our network has been on my list for a long time. I originally had planned on putting DVR/TV capability as a key feature, but we may be moving to a location where only sat is available, so I am skipping for now, and will be adding a Homerun when/if the time is right. I am not space limited but looking for something in a micro-atx size, unless performance of a full atx setup has a drastically better reward-cost ratio.

My desire is so specific and requires so much give and take I'm not sure where to start! Even a processor/mobo that I could lock in would be great.

Thank you for any advice!
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  1. If you're happy to run your games at low-medium settings then an AMD A10-5700 would be a good idea. It would mean you wouldn't need to use a graphics card so it would be pretty easy to keep the heat/noise/size down.

    If you do go for an A10, make sure to get fast RAM. It really makes a big difference to performance with that CPU.
  2. Pellaz said:
    Hello Tom's Hardware!

    Approximate Purchase Date: this week; can/will pull trigger on any immediate deals.

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $900 ,Before Rebates; Before Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Longevity/upgradability, Watching/ripping 3-400 DVD/BD and internet video, including 3d, gaming w/ steam big picture (would like to be able to play Batman AC, Dishonored, etc, but not Farcry 3 or other super intensive games, media server

    Are you buying a monitor: No - I will be using this LG TV

    Parts to Upgrade: This is a new build

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg

    Location: Close to Nashville, TN

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

    Additional Comments: I have a combined budget of $1200 for this project and a new receiver - clearly not looking for a high end receiver; I am replacing my Onkyo whose HDMI bridge is fubar. I have a Harmony One remote.

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Adding an HTPC to our network has been on my list for a long time. I originally had planned on putting DVR/TV capability as a key feature, but we may be moving to a location where only sat is available, so I am skipping for now, and will be adding a Homerun when/if the time is right. I am not space limited but looking for something in a micro-atx size, unless performance of a full atx setup has a drastically better reward-cost ratio.

    My desire is so specific and requires so much give and take I'm not sure where to start! Even a processor/mobo that I could lock in would be great.

    Thank you for any advice!

    Just so you know, you do have a couple of high powered options with that budget. First of all, there are $300 low profile 7850's. Or you could uses an matx htpc and crossfire 7750's which would be about the same strength...
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.56 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $873.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 12:13 EST-0500)

    it comes with fractal case micro atx and pretty large HDD for movie storage

    just my 0.02 someone can correct me for a better setup
  4. Thank you guys!

    I think I am wanting a little more "oompf" than the AMD A10-5700 is going to provide me, in addition to much preferring a card I know I can swap in and out easily.

    Thank you for the heads up on the low profile 7850 too.

    AMD Radeon's build is really close I think to what I will end up with - it looks like a great starting point. In a perfect world, I would shave about $100 dollars off of it (and probably add a little bit more back with either a HTPC style case or a portable/handled case). As is, adding Win7 (which I didn't list as a must, but is - bad me :( ) is going to add $100 to the total already.

    I feel like I should be able to shave a few dollars off without a huge performance hit on the CPU/Mobo/GPU, but I will have to dig into that some - hopefully I'm right!
  5. this one will save your money :) ditch the ssd and lower to 7850
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.56 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $698.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 13:53 EST-0500)
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