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Source games, being DX9 based, aren't hard on the hardware, but if you plan to use that rig 50% HTPC 50% lan gaming rig, get a decent card. HTPC-only cards aren't really good for gaming, though they can manage. If you plan to build a cheapo rig which can do both, look at a GT 430/440 or 55x0/65x0 card. Best balance between price and features, but a bit more powerful card may be in order if your budget allows.
My own HTPC's GTS 450 is an absurd overkill, but it is powerful enough that i can be running BOINC and watching a bluray without stuttering smile.gif

Yeah. I'm thinking something along the lines of a 5770 or GTS450 or something. If I can find them cheap. Even an 8800gt should be fine for that.

I plan on going micro atx, though. Might even go sff. So, power may be an issue, which is why I went with the 240e.
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oh yeah, with 1080p capable gfx am athlon is overkill. heck, a raspberry pi can pull 1080p video with a 700mhz single core arm.
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Yeah. I'm thinking something along the lines of a 5770 or GTS450 or something. If I can find them cheap. Even an 8800gt should be fine for that.
I plan on going micro atx, though. Might even go sff. So, power may be an issue, which is why I went with the 240e.

Those cards eat roughly 150w at full load, and i mean BOINC/Furmark load. As long as you get a decent 300-350w PSU (or something like a Silverstone ST45SF or similar) you should be able to feed that rig, as long as you don't overclock.
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This is the motherboard I found. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342

Not the best, but should be fine with a 240e and maybe a 5770, shouldn't it?

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Not the best, but should be fine with a 240e and maybe a 5770, shouldn't it?
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Will be fine for your needs.
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Now I'm just having hard time finding a case.

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Now I'm just having hard time finding a case.
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i have an nmediapc 6000b case, its a great case. works well for me since my htpc is also my media/file server and the case can hold 6 drives. nmediapc cases are great and best of all, cheap.
 
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i have an nmediapc 6000b case, its a great case. works well for me since my htpc is also my media/file server and the case can hold 6 drives. nmediapc cases are great and best of all, cheap.

I like them, but will it hold a full size graphics card? I also don't really want to go more than $50. I'm willing to go used.

I can get an Antec Aria nsk1300 for $50, but the PSU is proprietary on them. Makes it hard to plan out a build when you can't swap the psu out.
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