I would like to build a reasonably cheap HTPC that also supports casual gaming. XBMC with 3D 1080p playback from ethernet-connected NAS is a must and playing games like assassins creed or crysis are nice to have, that is why I'll go for the AMD APU first and if necessary, I'll upgrade with a dedicated GPU. High-end games/settings are out of scope.
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 2 months
Budget Range: <500 EUR (>650 USD) incl. rebates and shipping (live in Germany)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (XBMC 3D 1080p playback, gaming older/low resolution games, surfing the web)
Are you buying a monitor: No, will use 46" LED TV from coutch
Do you need to buy OS: No, using MSDAA Win8 64bit for free
Parts Preferences: AMD is not a must but I figured I can save the GPU here
Overclocking: Propably not
SLI or Crossfire: Propably not
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC - it should be inaudible when watching a movie from 3m/10ft distance
Why Are You Upgrading: Want to run XBMC/play games, my notebook does not have HDMI, last PC build was Athlon64 in 2007, but gave that to my mom
I started with a more minimalistic setup (F2A55 and A4) and then saw some cheap upgrade options. The presented parts are propably more than I need, but I am comfortable with some buffer (prices can be different than in the newegg links, but I'll order in Germany, so I converted EUR in USD):
Apart from your opinion, I have some questions about this setting:
- A friend brought up the idea of having different VMWare images for surfing/banking/playing so that these things are separated for security, but he has 16GB RAM. What do you think? I it worth 80 USD more? - That is why 4 memory slots come in handy.
- Does the fan suit in the case and will it go well with the RAM?
- Is DDR3-1866 good with this setting or will DDR3-2400 bring a serious improvement?
- Is 300W well-dimensioned or shall I go for an even lower wattage?
Comments are highly appreciated, even if they involve a complete makeover
1) i don't think you would really need 16GB of RAM... and you don't need a fast performance ram too... you will only get a little to no improvement by having a faster ram... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FPdX