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Help me with a budget htpc build for my mom!

post #1 of 35
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Hey guys, so recently my mom has taken a liking to streaming videos offline.
She is using our living room tv as the monitor and is using a build I put together for her
a while ago using an old emachine that was donated by my aunt and some spare parts.
Here is what shes using right now:
-Celeron D 775 (forgot which one exactly but its a low frequency single core)
-Intel stock mobo
-1x2GB ddr2 memory but the mobo supports ddr3
-stock 300w psu
-geforce 9500gt
-hitachi 80gb sata2
-stripped emachine case (just the aluminum shell)
-some IDE optical
-stock cpu HSF with coolermaster fan + mx4

Basically, she is getting some low fps/choppy issues when streaming some higher definition content.
I want to put something together for her that will be able to do this for her
without breaking my wallet as I am a student with a full time job.

I'm thinking about getting new:
-cpu (has to be low wattage dont wanna burn out the stock 300w psu)
-mobo (if cpu is 775 i wont need a new one but if i do it would be nice if
it has IDE i wouldnt need to buy an optical for her)
-ram (should be getting some for free soon but still put in your opinions just in case i dont)
-sata optical (if new mobo doesnt support IDE)

So far I've been scouring places like ebay and the marketplace on here for some good deals but I
know some of you guys can work some serious magic with these kinds of builds.
The cheaper the better in this case as I don't want to spend more than necessary.
I'm open to any suggestions, even beyong what i've already stated I wanted to buy.
Let's see how cheap some of you can get this for me!

As always thanks in advance OCN and +rep of course!
Edited by LilScrappyD - 4/25/12 at 10:50pm
post #2 of 35
something like this would work very well

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post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by truckerguy View Post

something like this would work very well
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thanks for your input mate, but that's a little out of my budget biggrin.gif
ill consider the apu route though. perhaps an e-series apu may be a little cheaper.
post #4 of 35
ok here you go you will be able to use the case and psu and for less then 200 you won't be able to match the speed and a all new setup


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post #5 of 35
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White Night
(22 items)
 
My Office/Setup
(36 photos)
Sager NP8250-S
(10 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 BE 4.3GHz ASUS M5A97 EVO XFX R9 390X DD BE Corsair Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 850 EVO OCZ Agility 3 Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB ASUS 12X BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B Windows 7 UE  Dual ASUS VE278Q 27" Ducky Shine II Clear DK9008 White LED  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2  Corsair 600T SE  Logitech G500, G7, G9x Xtrac Ripper XXL 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms Polk RTIA1 Black Turtle Beach PX5 Sony MDR-7506 Professional Series 
OtherOther
Asus Xonar Dx 7.1 Sound Card Emotiva mini-X a-100 gen 2 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-4700MQ 780m 16gb RAM Crucial 128GB M4  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB 7200rpm SATA3 Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB...  6X Blu-ray Reader/8X DVD±R/2.4X +DL Super-Mult... Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display featuring 95%... 
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post #6 of 35
what is your budget and what all things will you reuse and you want new can you pls specify mate it would be helpful redface.gif
post #7 of 35
Thread Starter 
i need:
-cpu (if i can get a 775 one for cheap that will be better at streaming content, i will not have to buy a new motherboard)
-motherboard (if i have to get a different cpu, like an apu or something. also if it has ide i can re-use my old optical)
-ram (if i dont get ram im supposed to be getting from another member in here soon)
-optical (if i get a mobo that doesnt have ide)
that is all that i will need =]
post #8 of 35
I have this kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224 sitting in a box under my bed. I would gladly send it to you if your other plan doesn't pan out. I like what you're doing for your mom.

One of the heatsinks might be missing a screw in the middle top, but it doesn't matter.
post #9 of 35
hmm so here it goes

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus F1A75-M Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $216.96
Mail-in Rebates: $-10.00
Total: $206.96

i bet it can handle 1080p videos wink.gif and it fits you budget if you have a little more $$ i would say go with a 3870k @120$ its a real steal

Hope that helped thumb.gif
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by Humafold View Post

I have this kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224 sitting in a box under my bed. I would gladly send it to you if your other plan doesn't pan out. I like what you're doing for your mom.
One of the heatsinks might be missing a screw in the middle top, but it doesn't matter.

that's very nice of you. i appreciate your kindness.
im sure the member on here will come through though wink.gif
if he doesn't i will be sure to let you know! thumb.gif
aside from your generosity, care to give me a suggestion?
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