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These are the parts I have so far...


I used the newegg sale going on today to get these two parts (53$ for the PSU and RAM, not bad):



PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20psu%20430

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313


I'm going to get this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174


I can't decide what to go for with the CPU / mobo combo, however...


I was researching the AMD APU's (A8), and these seem good if you want to run it without a ref video card.

The core i3 with a reference video card also seems decent, however it's a bit pricier..

And finally an APU crossfired with a ref card, like a 6670.


Cost isn't really a problem, but it would be nice to go with the solution that was the best value.


Thoughts?
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An A4 should be good enough for a pure HTPC.
(since these apparently are good enough already)

Don't need to crossfire.
Edited by SpiritGear - 1/8/12 at 8:10pm
 
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Originally Posted by Infinite Loop View Post

These are the parts I have so far...
I used the newegg sale going on today to get these two parts (53$ for the PSU and RAM, not bad):
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20psu%20430
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313
I'm going to get this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174
I can't decide what to go for with the CPU / mobo combo, however...
I was researching the AMD APU's (A8), and these seem good if you want to run it without a ref video card.
The core i3 with a reference video card also seems decent, however it's a bit pricier..
And finally an APU crossfired with a ref card, like a 6670.
Cost isn't really a problem, but it would be nice to go with the solution that was the best value.
Thoughts?

What is this machine being built for?

What do want to do with it - Play 1080p (Blu-ray, mkv, M2ts, AVCHD) and DVD movies, transcode and convert video files, gaming etc?

Posting that would be very useful to give you the right suggestions!

That PSU is that one I use for my HTPC and it is good, but you are talking about cross-firing or (even using a discrete GPU), I would get a higher wattage and a better rated PSU!

The more important question is why crossfire or why go discrete - as I said that would depend on the objectives?

So post some more details and let us know what this build is intended for!
 
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What is this machine being built for?
What do want to do with it - Play 1080p (Blu-ray, mkv, M2ts, AVCHD) and DVD movies, transcode and convert video files, gaming etc?
Posting that would be very useful to give you the right suggestions!
That PSU is that one I use for my HTPC and it is good, but you are talking about cross-firing or (even using a discrete GPU), I would get a higher wattage and a better rated PSU!
The more important question is why crossfire or why go discrete - as I said that would depend on the objectives?
So post some more details and let us know what this build is intended for!

Thanks for the reply.


It's going to be a true HTPC, but should be able to do some light gaming, nothing like battlefield 3, more like Portal 2.

I'm interested in doing all of the above. The crossfire I was considering would be between the APU and a single reference card.
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Originally Posted by Infinite Loop View Post

Thanks for the reply.
It's going to be a true HTPC, but should be able to do some light gaming, nothing like battlefield 3, more like Portal 2.
I'm interested in doing all of the above. The crossfire I was considering would be between the APU and a single reference card.

Here is what I would build, if you are open on case considerations and budget is not a concern choose a different case:

APU: AMD A6-3670K - this is 100W TDP processor suggesting the unlocked version if you are ever wanting to OC this for gaming - $130
MoBo: ASUS F1A75-V EVO FM1 AMD A75 - I used the ECS board for my build, great MoBo no problems but I don't game or OC on that system, and at the price it is unbeatable!, but I would get this ASUS if you have the money to support it, better quality and overclocking features! - $115
Cooler: Zalman CNPS8700NT CPU Cooler - Get this after market heatsink only if you are planning on overclocking, if not the stock cooler is good enough for your HTPC - $69
ODD: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM - $54
Case: Silverstone GD05 Black - $90 - much better cooling (3x120mm fans) and quieter!
OS: Win 7 Home Premium. You did not include an O/S in your parts list, unless you are planning to run Linux/XBMC, this is what I would recommend! - $100
SSD: Patriot Pyro 60 GB (boot drive - only for O/S) - $80
HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 1 TB - cheapest and comparatively better one available right now! - $120 This or any other based on your storage needs! I would use something you have at home for the time being and then buy this when the prices are back to normal!

Total Cost: $750


I would get a modular and higher wattage PSU if you have money left, something like this:
PSU: SeaSonic 620W ATX Modular - 80 Plus Bronze - you will not regret it!

The A6 & the on board Radeon HD 6530D would handle any light gaming needs you have very well, I would suggest testing this with your games before you get a discrete card, reason it might get loud and hot in that case you plan on using with a discrete card.

Better solution if you are wanting even better iGPU performance is to get the A8 hexa-core (not needed for an HTPC though) - I suggested that only because you said budget isn't a concern, and you are wanting to use this for gaming!
 
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