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Hey all! Thanks for looking at my thread.
My dad put me in charge of building him a high end HTPC that can run most games, but not on high quality. He also wants to stream movies on Netflix, Hulu, and such.

So far the build is


For the CPU and motherboard i'm not quite sure what to get. I think option 1 is a bit over kill, but keep in mind I do want it to do some gaming.

Option 1:
Option 2:

Option 3:

I plan on getting a GPU but it's difficult to find one that fits the very thin HTPC case.
Any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 8
Get the a8 with no gpu.
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Originally Posted by hick View Post

Get the a8 with no gpu.

According to these benchmarks the i3 stands better for gaming. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=399
Also the am8 uses 100W and I don't know how it would fair in the small lian-li case. It's only 3.7" tall so I can't fit most CPU coolers in it.
post #4 of 8
When you said most games,what games were you talking about?
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Originally Posted by bleachigo View Post

When you said most games,what games were you talking about?

Mainly Minecraft, SWTOR, and Team Fortress 2, and if it can run Skyrim that'd be great.
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why dont you get a thicker case that can support a bigger card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163117
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why dont you get a thicker case that can support a bigger card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163117

My dad wants it to fit in a 4.5" height x 22" width x 18" depth shelf. If I can i'll try to convince him to move some stuff around to fit a bigger shelf.

EDIT: No luck he said he'd rather sacrifice the games than the size of the case.

Another question I have is how much better is say a graphics card like the GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) or the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 than the Intels HD graphics 3000?
Edited by WillDaBeast - 2/7/12 at 1:43pm
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Those video cards will be much better than the Intel HD3000.I would get the HD 6670 as it is the more powerful card of the two.
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