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So here are the pieces. Please let me know what you think before I purchase. Im'm always for lowering costs so feel free for swapouts.

Motherboard: ASRock A75M FM1 AMD
(Still up in the air with this motherboard. Dont know much about the brand)

SSD (Boot Drive): 64GB Crucial M4

HDD (Storage): (2) 3TB Hitachi Deskstar Drives

Power Supply (Must be modular): OCZ 600w Modular PSU

Graphics Card (For better video and audio over HDMI): ASUS ENGT430

Memory: GSKILL 4GB 1600

Processor: AMD A6-3500 Triple Core Processor

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Case Fan: (3) Scythe SY124020L 40mm Case Fan
(Don't know if this is really necessary)

CPU Cooler: Scythe SCBSK-2100 120mm Sleeve BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler
(Not overclocking...is this necessary?)

Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray SH-B123L

Case: Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B HTPC Case


Total is around $1300, would like to cut it down to $1000, but dont know if thats possible with the amount of storage needed.

Let me know what you think! Suggestions welcome.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zerobahamut View Post

So here are the pieces. Please let me know what you think before I purchase. Im'm always for lowering costs so feel free for swapouts.
Motherboard: ASRock A75M FM1 AMD
(Still up in the air with this motherboard. Dont know much about the brand)
SSD (Boot Drive): 64GB Crucial M4

HDD (Storage): (2) 3TB Hitachi Deskstar Drives
Power Supply (Must be modular): OCZ 600w Modular PSU
Graphics Card (For better video and audio over HDMI): ASUS ENGT430
Memory: GSKILL 4GB 1600
Processor: AMD A6-3500 Triple Core Processor
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case Fan: (3) Scythe SY124020L 40mm Case Fan
(Don't know if this is really necessary)
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCBSK-2100 120mm Sleeve BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler
(Not overclocking...is this necessary?)
Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray SH-B123L
Case: Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B HTPC Case

Total is around $1300, would like to cut it down to $1000, but dont know if thats possible with the amount of storage needed.
Let me know what you think! Suggestions welcome.

 

AsRock is Asus' younger brother.

 

Keep the 40mm case fans and run them at a VERY low speed. You don't need them but I personally like my components to run cooler for peace of mind.

 

 

Keep the CPU cooler b/c the stock cooler is going to be noisy even if you're not overclocking.

I'm advice to to look for better deals. Also, you don't need more than a 350W power supply to run your system comfortably.

 

    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2600k (Stock) Asus Maximus Gene V  Powercolor AX6850 Passive Cooler Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex II 90GB External Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
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Gone Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard Corsair AX850 Silverstone FT03B 
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OCZ Vertex II 90GB External Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
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post #3 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by listen to remix View Post

also, you don't need more than a 350W power supply to run your system comfortably.

yeah i knew i didnt need that big of a psu but looking modular I couldnt find anything lower. There was a 500w one, but its the same price and dimensions as the 600w one on newegg. If you know of any please link!
 
HTPC
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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HTPC
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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post #4 of 8
The onboard GPU should be good enough for media playback, but
If you're decided on getting a discrete GPU, you're basically nullifying the usefulness of the A6-3500 which is its built-in 6530d gpu especially since you chose a Nvidia GPU.

So I'd recommend a sandy bridge CPU instead because they have better processing power.

The
G620 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
is good enough or if you want to spend more, go for an i3

Then pair it with a cheap H61/H67 mobo


Also, do you really need the 3TBs x2 right now? That plus your choice of case are the big $$$ items in your build which is bumping up your cost
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonowxeno View Post

The onboard GPU should be good enough for media playback, but
If you're decided on getting a discrete GPU, you're basically nullifying the usefulness of the A6-3500 which is its built-in 6530d gpu especially since you chose a Nvidia GPU.
So I'd recommend a sandy bridge CPU instead because they have better processing power.
The
G620 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
is good enough or if you want to spend more, go for an i3
Then pair it with a cheap H61/H67 mobo
Also, do you really need the 3TBs x2 right now? That plus your choice of case are the big $$$ items in your build which is bumping up your cost

Well I wanted to go ati to keep costs down and only reason i was looking at a discrete gpu was because I was told that the onboard off the mobo might not be good enough for 1080p 3d. Is this true?

Also I have 4tb of blurays and data atm so I wanted to get a second 3tb in order to not have to worry, or is that overkill? Should I just save 100 bucks and get a 2tb instead?

As far as the case i know its a lot and its probably a vanity item, but its really the style I was looking for to match my setup since it will be on display in my HT.
 
HTPC
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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HTPC
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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post #6 of 8
I don't have experience with 3D playback on the A6-3500 so perhaps someone else can chime in. Though it's a 6530d so I don't see why that couldn't handle 3d playback.

Well right now the 2TB hitachi is $110 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475

So you could get two of those to have 4TB versus $230 for just 1 3TB drive. It's really up to you how you want to config your drives, I was just pointing out that it was the option for lowering the total cost.

As for the case, if you like it, get it. thumb.gif
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post #7 of 8
the whole purpose going with a apu is no video card. so delete the video card and buy the better apu. power supply is way to big a nice little 400w corsair would be nice. 3 tb hdd ? wow.
the case i cant see why you would spent that much on it are you really going to get up and use the volume knob? i highly recommend the nmedia 1080p case, save big here. if you can find a cheap used ssd, memory or even a hdd you can save a few bucks.
post #8 of 8
Really, your only cost savings will come in your case selection and the amount of HDD space you've allotted. As others have said, strongly consider the Sandy Bridge platform and a dedicated GPU. I use an HD 6570 w/ an i3 2100 and it's great. You'll have less heat to deal with, and Sandy might even be cheaper if you have a Microcenter nearby. My cpu/mobo was $180 and GPU was $70. I think I'm getting more processing bang for my buck than you are w/ that current build you have.
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