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I'm looking into creating a HTPC/Gaming PC. I have a 42" 1080P TV for my main TV and have already selected the tuner I will be using, the Hauppage 2250 Dual Tuner. I have $125 in the budget for that and have $475 left to make a decent gaming machine, can it be done? I was looking at a Athlon II x4 740 with a $50 mobo and 4 to 8 gig of ram at 1600mhz but couldn't get it done. What do you guys suggest?
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AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
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HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
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post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
Forgot to give you a good detail of what I will be doing... Playing 1080P Television, Playing BF4 and other current titles (medium+ settings), Store and Play recording from WMC, Playing movies from VUDU and other online services.
Business/Play Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
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post #3 of 10
Something like this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $459.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 22:15 EDT-0400)
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phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
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Bitfenix Raider 
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Wow, thats an impressive build.
Edited by MVProgrammer - 3/11/14 at 7:28pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 G.Skill 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb SATA III ASUS DVD/CD Corsair H80 Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master 200mm 800RPM Rosewill 120mm 2000RPM Windows 7 Professional Hanspree HF225DPB 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP x20LED HP x20LED Logitec EX100 Antec High Current Gamer 900W 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech EX100 Logitech 5.1 Surround 
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post #5 of 10
Build looks good. Get the 750k instead though. Awesome clocker. Mine hit 4.0ghz at stock volts.other than that that build is perfect.
post #6 of 10
Alternative: (use of Combo specials)

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)

Motherboard + PSU Combo: Asus A55BM-A/USB3 + Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular ($118 @ Newegg)

Memory + GPU Combo: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 + MSI Radeon R7 260 1GB ($201 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $467 shipped. $447 after MIR

If you don't need the space, there are always 120GB SSDs for ~$70 these days (swap for mechy drive), and if you need an optical drive, I recommend salvaging one if possible, otherwise just snag the cheapest SATA ODD out there.

If you want the machine to be a bit more overclocking ready I would suggest dropping the mobo+PSU combo there and opting for a Biostar A88M ver 6.2 instead (~$65). It's probably the best performance tuning motherboard under $85. Then just switch to the non-modular version of the Capstone and the price should be about the same. (with the A88M and a ~$30-50 investment in a CPU cooler later on, you can clock that 760K to 5ghz pretty easily)

If you have access to a microcenter, then scrap this whole idea and do an AM3+ build with an FX-6300+UD3P.


Note: Be careful with PCpartpicker builds that are thrown together without accounting for shipping and MIRs, the total price often fails to account shipping for some items and INCLUDES the MIR discounts. You can wind up floating far over the goal budget if too many items don't have their actual "to the door price" factored into the price "quote."
Edited by mdocod - 3/12/14 at 8:57am
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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logitec M235 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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logitec M235 
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PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Base Total: $474.88
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $2.31
Total: $447.19

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post #8 of 10
Did this ever get built?
Pre OCN build
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
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Bitfenix Raider 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
Case
Bitfenix Raider 
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post #9 of 10
I also want to build an AMD htpc but no one ever responded to my thread. Well one guy did and suggested the 6400k apu.

How does this look?

mobo: http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-F2A88XM-D3H-Bolton-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B00FU829ZQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396411150&sr=1-6&keywords=Fm2
cpu: 6400k
memory: 16gb ddr3 1600mhz (have it already)
ssd for root drive.
various 3tb/1tb storage drives in ZFS raidz1 (have already)
r7 240 graphics card( have already)
CX430 PSU (have already)

so all I really need is the cpu/motherboard. Welcome to all suggestions.

I don't buy from newegg anymore and I don't live near microcenter so basically amazon stuff only please.
Edited by HardwareDecoder - 4/1/14 at 9:06pm
Gaming Machine
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 3770k Asus z77 P8Z77-LK V Sapphire 290x Sapphire 290x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Gskill 4x4gb @ 1600mhz Samsung Evo 120gb Samsung Evo 120gb 2TB Seagate Game storage drive  
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC Raystorm CPU BLOCK EK Nickle/Acetal 290x Block  2x XSPC 240MM Radiator Windows 8.1  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix Evolution II  Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid  Cooler Master V1000 Fractal Arc Midi R2 
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Logitech G400 steel series qck Logitech G430 
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Intel i7 3770k Asus z77 P8Z77-LK V Sapphire 290x Sapphire 290x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Gskill 4x4gb @ 1600mhz Samsung Evo 120gb Samsung Evo 120gb 2TB Seagate Game storage drive  
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC Raystorm CPU BLOCK EK Nickle/Acetal 290x Block  2x XSPC 240MM Radiator Windows 8.1  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix Evolution II  Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid  Cooler Master V1000 Fractal Arc Midi R2 
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post #10 of 10
Having just built a budget htpc/gaming amd based pc, I don't recommend using the 6400k cpu if you're also going to have a dedicated graphics card .

I have a msi a88x,based mobo so it's not a direct comparison,but I started with a different dual core budget cpu (athalon x2 370k) and a radeon r7 250. The results were underwhelming, even when the cpu oc'd to 4.4ghz and 2133 ram.

I even swapped out the r7 for a r9 270x with no significant improvement. I then changed the cpu to a athalon x4 760k and got much better performance.

With a cooler master hyper 212 evo I seem to be getting a stable oc of 4.5ghz.

I am only a total newb so take my advice with that warning.

Isn't the point of the APU to skip a dedicated graphics card? The x4 750k isn't that much more than a 6400k and the 750k seems to have a positive following here.
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