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Hey guys, I run a small retail joint which recently acquired a 42'' LG Plasma HDTV (720p I believe) which has HDMI port. I'm looking for a setup or a build that will allow use of the machine as a cash register using Quicken Cash Register program and be able to play a blu-ray/DVD at the same time. Is this possible? I have a separate monitor in addition to the TV.

I'm looking to complete this build with good performance (and minimal budget) as in I don't want to have the use of the register program hindered by the video playing. I already have some parts, left over from several PCs I've built but I'm a complete newb when it comes to HTPCs or just using HDTVs with your computer in general:

-AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE 2.8GHz
-8GB Kingston HyperX blu 1600 DDR3 RAM
-XFX XXX 650w modular PSU
-GTX 570 if necessary (probably overkill, I'd really appreciate cheaper/smaller suggestions)

Would appreciate help with cables and connections too.

Need suggestions on the case, mobo, drives, cooling solutions, and any other components that would make it easy to use as a media player/register. BTW case needs to be small enough to fit in a cabinet (I'll try and get some dimensions soon).

Thanks in advance
Edited by h2beez - 6/1/11 at 3:39pm
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You deffinitly don't need a 570 lol, nor 8gb of ram. Just buy a. i3 2100 and a z68 motherboard and use integrated graphics and 2gb of ram...i'll make a list in a min. What is your budget first?
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post #3 of 13
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No real budget, but I want to be able to utilize the parts that I have if possible such that the costs are lower to me. I was looking at that Biostar board the A880G+, does that have any merit?

Also I was sure the 570 was excessive but it is the only spare card I've got atm, lol.

BTW the ram is in 4x 2GB sticks so I can just use 1 or 2 sticks.

What's the advantage of the new z68 boards?
Edited by h2beez - 6/1/11 at 3:46pm
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post #4 of 13
Edit: So the list of parts up there is what you have already? If so forget the what i said.

Check out some of these cases and see what you like:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...a-Center-Cases

you can use only 2 sticks but, the Biostar mobo may not support your ram
Edited by Sean Webster - 6/1/11 at 4:03pm
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I would save a lot using the Phenom II such that I could put more into a dedicated GPU, wouldn't that be better? Surely spending 120ish USD on a i3 (plus another 100+ on a z68 board) just for HD2000 integrated graphics couldn't be better than using the 720 and another dedicated card? And yes those parts listed are parts I have sitting around doing nothing.
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Yeah i didn't know you already had those parts...and yes dedicated will be a lot better.
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i vote for 5450/6450 gpu.
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post #8 of 13
first Sean your avatar is sick! I am not sure if it creeps me out or if its just plain weird/cool??

back on topic first the best thing i learned when building/upgrading computers is SET a Budget. i know this sounds trivial but "cheap" and "minimal" are relative. What might be cheap to me might be too cheap to you.

second that processor, ram, and definitely the modular power supply are great.



so I quickly threw that together. it meets everything you need, and I have personally used that case, cooler, and hdd they're all great. the total comes out to 296 with shipping.

lastly you can disable your 3rd core as you will probably not need it and it can save that much more energy/heat


-doober
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Thx for the suggestions, looking into the CM 360 elite any words on that one?
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Originally Posted by h2beez View Post
Thx for the suggestions, looking into the CM 360 elite any words on that one?
yea it is a great case. A lot of people who want to maintain their ATX mobo use them. Mine will be here tomorrow, and ill have my current build moved to it soon.

this is prob the best elite 360 build i have ever seen http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums...ic.php?t=56442

also for ordering go with amazon $39.99 free shipping and i got 2 day since i have prime beats the egg by $10

got it budget yet?

-doober
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