$600 Home Theatre

Approximate Purchase Date: Month

Budget Range: $600 (cheaper the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Theatre, possible future upgrades for gaming

Parts Not required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country: USA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Compatible for future upgrades

Monitor Resolution: 1080 42" TV

Additional Comments: Need to buy Windows 8 in the price
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  1. Toms $500 build here is a good place to start:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html

    Although I'd probably swap out the CPU for a nice i5 3470 (No Oc'ing) and perhaps a larger Hard Drive.
  2. As an alternative to the Tom's Hardware $500 build, I came up with the following:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B HTPC Case ($86.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($127.28 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $621.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 09:53 EST-0500)

    It's built as an HTPC that only needs discrete graphics to become a gaming system.
    HTPC case which accepts a full ATX motherboard and full height expansion cards.
    Full ATX FM2 motherboard w/ x8/x8 capable crossfire mode.
    Power supply is able to handle adding multiple graphic cards.
    Windows 8 Professional (which includes Windows Media Center - Regular Windows 8 does not).

    -Wolf sends
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