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February 21, 2013 7:48:11 PM

I need a PC under or around $500 that can play HD video with no lag or stutter on two displays. I do not intend to play games on it.

At first, I was looking through prebuilds like the HP p7-1380t or this CyberPower but I realized they were overpriced.

I went ahead and put together a bunch of parts to build by myself.
My result: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F0ja

Anything I need to add or change to this build? And the sata cables do come with the parts right?

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February 21, 2013 8:34:19 PM

You will usually get SATA cables with the motherboard.

I would suggest an A10-5800K over an i5. CPU power is still more than enough for the usage, it's cheaper and has much better integrated graphics which can be useful for this stuff.

EDIT: Also, you could easily make this build smaller. Would that be preferable?
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February 21, 2013 8:38:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.73 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.21 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $502.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 17:37 EST-0500)

Just an idea. Has an i3 which is still more than you will need and a dedicated GPU in case you ever decide to do anything more than watch HD video.
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February 21, 2013 8:54:11 PM

tiny voices said:

Just an idea. Has an i3 which is still more than you will need and a dedicated GPU in case you ever decide to do anything more than watch HD video.


So, you think an i3 would be enough?

and the 7750 only has a score of 1567, is that better than the integrated graphics?
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February 21, 2013 8:56:08 PM

It is about 4x better than integrated GPU. The i3 will be plenty for playing videos.
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February 21, 2013 9:02:57 PM

The HD 7750 is in a totally different league to the integrated graphics, probably more than 4x better. Also, that G.Skill RAM isn't anywhere near low profile. Possibly slightly lower than Corsair Vengeance but not really low profile.
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February 21, 2013 9:08:23 PM

jmsellars1 said:
The HD 7750 is in a totally different league to the integrated graphics, probably more than 4x better. Also, that G.Skill RAM isn't anywhere near low profile. Possibly slightly lower than Corsair Vengeance but not really low profile.


tiny voices said:
It is about 4x better than integrated GPU. The i3 will be plenty for playing videos.


Could I get something that is 2x better than the integrated graphics and a better CPU?
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February 21, 2013 9:12:16 PM

You don't need something better than the i5 for that. Even an i3 could be considered overkill for this usage. I'd suggest an i3-3225 or A10-5800K. Both have much better integrated graphics than the i5, especially the A10.
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February 21, 2013 9:12:39 PM

Get an hd 6670 and an AMD fx-6300.
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February 21, 2013 9:21:34 PM

Best answer selected by boldintrepid.
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