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Hello. I'm a definite novice when it comes to building, but my friend wants me to build him an htpc. He's not big on pc gaming as his ps3 takes up that slot, but I'd rather make it capable of playing a decent game just to be safe. His budget is around $700. He already has a mouse, 42 inch hdtv which he wishes to use as a monitor and an hp dvd-rw drive.

So far this is what I've come up with.

cpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131757

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112238

keyboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823176018

psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207013

cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

gpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130573

hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795

memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220537

wireless card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833314044

price- 651 after mail in rebates.

Forgive me if my list isn't so great. Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Edited by TheGrayDon10 - 7/23/11 at 4:57am
post #2 of 20
If it's specifically going to be used as an htpc setup then I would go for a mITX build, just because of the smaller form factor. That's what I'm gonna be doing once I move into my dorm, to save on space.

Edit:

Case/PSU: click
HDD: click
CPU/Cooler: click
Mobo:click
RAM: click

Then you can go with whichever gpu you think would be suitable. Also, there's room for any other peripherals you would like to add for him
Edited by McBean - 7/23/11 at 5:02am
    
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i personally prefer the build i chose, but i'd switch out my ram for yours on the list. i'll show him both builds and see what he says. anybody else got any info/suggestions?
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Without a doubt the build I posted will be more powerful (i5 2300 vs 955) but the main reason I made that suggestion was due to the size of the build. If your friend doesn't mind going with a larger case then you could do a mATX build on the z68 platform or even bump it up to standard ATX. There are plenty of combinations that come to mind, so I'd be glad to give you some ideas depending on what your friend is looking for
    
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i think he'd be more partial to the mid tower look. the case you picked reminds me of a subwoofer. i don't know. that just doesn't seem all that appealing. but i'll get his imput today. in the meantime any atc suggestions?
post #6 of 20
If you wanna keep it atx, then the build you came up with originally is fine. With an am3+ board your friend would have options to upgrade his cpu later on which is always a plus. The 955 should be enough for the majority of tasks he'd be doing on his computer but if he does video editing or something along those lines, he may benefit from an i5. It's your duty to steer him away from the ps3 and towards pc gaming For the price of that gts 450 you could purchase a gtx 460 off of the b stock from evga.com. The cards are usually in great condition and come with a large discount. The ram you already said you would be changing out so the only other thing I can think of is going with a samsung f3 hdd. It has plenty of storage and is among the fastest 7200 rpm drives. I know a lot of people on OCN recommend it. Everything else seems fine, I would have chosen the cm 690 II advanced but that's really up to personal preference, the case you chose will be fine.
    
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what's the price difference in case?
post #8 of 20
Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

The difference really depends on where you're buying it. The thing I hate about buying this case from newegg is the shipping cost (yes, i'm that picky ) amazon usually ships cases free but i'm not sure if they have this model available.
    
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Might want to double check that link, it doesn't work for me
    
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