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January 6, 2013 3:00:28 PM

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

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 60” HD TV

Additional Comments:
Hi All,
Any and all advice will be much appreciated. So far this is what I have put together for this build.


Processor: Intel Core i-5 2320 (Sandy Bridge)
Mobo:?
Psu:?
Chasis: Silverstone Grandia GD07 (I would prefer if the build were in a HTPC Case)
Wifi Adapter: Trendnet N300 Wireless PCI Adapter (same brand as my router)

HDD: Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid hard drive 750 GB
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2 x 4gb)
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6850
Internal Card Reader: Sabrent 64-in-1 Multi Flash Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

Are the parts compatible? Will they fit my needs? Any suggestions for a Psu and Mobo? Or even the keyboard and mouse(though that really isn’t necessary). Thanks again!

More about : htpc build

January 6, 2013 3:11:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $631.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 12:10 EST-0500)

and add wifi adapter :) 
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January 6, 2013 3:25:56 PM

If the goal is "cheap as possible" then I think Core i5 is overkill. Pentium/Celeron would be fine, and Core i3 would be a step up from there. Also no need for video card or 600W PSU.

This system would do just fine for you. Also gives you an SSD for your operating system and programs. You could go down to Celeron G540 and eliminate the SSD if you want to make it even cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w5mW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w5mW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w5mW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $477.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 12:24 EST-0500)
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January 6, 2013 4:23:15 PM


Hi Thanks for all the help.


djangoringo said:
For Htpc and those games you only need this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wbQ9

or : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wbSu


A couple of questions about the second build.

Is it compatible with the wifi adapter and card reader ( I really wanted those two incorporated into the build some how)?

Is a graphics card not needed for Game Globe?) My own fairly new laptop can't seem to handle it.)

How about substituting this case : Silverstone Lc17 and adding in the wifi adapter and card reader.

Will that work?
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January 6, 2013 5:43:38 PM

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.
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January 6, 2013 6:08:03 PM

djangoringo said:
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:
[Recommended Settings]
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



Will it be fine?
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January 6, 2013 6:19:42 PM

For maplestory the i3-3225 will be good enough, for the gameglobe, i rather get the amd apu build(A10), it will do for that game, a 7660D or it's like a 6670 DDR3, and it passes those requirements.

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January 6, 2013 7:25:14 PM

djangoringo said:
For maplestory the i3-3225 will be good enough, for the gameglobe, i rather get the amd apu build(A10), it will do for that game, a 7660D or it's like a 6670 DDR3, and it passes those requirements.

So neither system will work well for both games? Or are you saying both systems will work well for both games.
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January 6, 2013 7:31:12 PM

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.
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