Approximate Purchase Date: I plan to get the parts over time (when I get the best deal)
Budget Range: None specifically. As cheap as possible without sacrificing performance.
System Usage: Netflix, Streaming online videos, playing music, Watching DVDs, Playing Music, Internet surfing, Microsoft Office, Occasional slight picture editing via pixlr.com, Storing music movies and photos. Other than that it needs to be able to run Maplestory and Game Globe (Which seems kind of graphics intensive!?) smoothly for the kids (preferably on high setting). These are the only things the HTPC will be used for. Also needs to connect to router, keyboard and mouse wirelessly.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (I’m still not sure if I should stick with Windows 7 or upgrade to 8)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any as long as the website is legit.
Location: South Jersey, USA
Parts Preferences: Whatever works best
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 60” HD TV
Any and all advice will be much appreciated. So far this is what I have put together for this build.
Yes, any of those two have pcie slots for that, i can't see the system requirements for that game, but the amd a10 build will do for that game, i'm sure.
Yes, you can switch the case.
The minimum specs for Game globe are:
A dual-core CPU
Window XP or newer
DirectX 9.0 or newer
A GPU supporting shader model 3:
GeForce 8800 or newer, or
Radeon R600 or newer
An internet connection
I would like it to be able to run on high settings smoothly however. (I really don't want to have to deal with whining)
The reccomended setting for Maplestory are:
CPU: P3-700MHz or higher
RAM: 128MB RAM
HDD: 500MB Disk Space
OS: MS Windows 98/ME/2K/XP
VGA: 3D Acceleration Card
SOUND: 16bit Sound Card
NETWORK: Cable Modem
I don't know if the intel hd 4000 is good enough for the gameglobe, but the AMD A10 will do for both, the maplestory any cpu with gpu can run that game, the gameglobe requires a bit more, i don't know if the intel hd 4000 will do, but the AMD A10 will definitely do, cause it has a the best gpu on die available.
You can also get a low profile card like the 7750+pentium G860, but the amd a10 is good enough.