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My buddy wanted me to build him a good htpc for 400$, i decided that a cheap AM3 settup that i could overclock would be my best choice.



This is what ive come up with.

a GPU should not be needed here he only intends to use this computer for movies, music, basic web.

any input for change is apreciated, but the budget must remain at 400$


EDIT: I just realised that the converter is hdmi to dvi, will that matter if it is used backwards? dvi to hdmi.
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wont matter for the cable;
the mobo you chose has 4+1 vrms, not good for a descent oc ( you may get since the athlon x2 isn't that much of a power sucker); i would get the
ASUS M4A87TD evo or the M4A77TD Pro, the evo has 8+2 powerphases and the pro has 8+1, if ocing is really a necessary its work the extra twenty bucks
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better ram plz, 1600 2x1 should be close to $25 too
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=020720

see if you can find a 880-870 board with the 4200-4250
would be much better for video decoding
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032963


for canada stores also check with
www.ncix.com
and www.newegg.ca
Edited by ffejrxx - 4/27/11 at 9:43pm
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Or.. because you really have a cpu that will do everything wanted with being OC'd save the money of finding a better motherboard and grab a videocard. I recommend that. Like ffejrxx said, it'd be better on decoding and then you could also broadcast in native HDMI and if he wants to do 3d or anything like that, that'd be the only way as far as I know.
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It's not a proper HTPC until it supports full HD decoding. 760G is missing AVC and flash 10.2/YouTube acceleration, both crucial. 785G or 880G.

Also if you can buy at NCIX, they are having their biggest sale of the year.
If you are not concerned about CPU power as much get this 20W Athlon II + 785G combo for $80
Also, 500GB for $30! Get it while you can

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the mobo you chose has 4+1 vrms, not good for a descent oc ( you may get since the athlon x2 isn't that much of a power sucker); i would get the
ASUS M4A87TD evo or the M4A77TD Pro, the evo has 8+2 powerphases and the pro has 8+1, if ocing is really a necessary its work the extra twenty bucks
You're worrying about this on a build using a lower TDP CPU!? Besides, in the very rare and unlikely case of VRM overload, the ASUS board would protect from VRM overheat with its built in OCP

Again if you are not concerned about CPU power (being HTPC you probably don't need to be) I recommend going small form factor
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/27/11 at 9:45pm
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wont matter for the cable;
the mobo you chose has 4+1 vrms, not good for a descent oc ( you may get since the athlon x2 isn't that much of a power sucker); i would get the
ASUS M4A87TD evo or the M4A77TD Pro, the evo has 8+2 powerphases and the pro has 8+1, if ocing is really a necessary its work the extra twenty bucks
His motherboard is fine for heavy overclocking of an athlon x2. It won't exceed 90w at 3.8ghz. Everything else seems good

Edit: and you won't need a CPU cooler because my athlon max at 43c with stock cooler
Edited by robwadeson - 4/27/11 at 9:46pm
    
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