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My first HTPC Build Suggestions

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
My budget is $500

Alright i have decided to build my first HTPC .
So far I am looking at..
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[*]CPU: Phenom II X2 555 BlackEdition
[*]motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
[*]Memory: Corsair DDR3 1600 2x2Gb
[*]Hard Drive: 2TB WD
[*]Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel Window
[*]Keyboard&mouse: logitech Wireless Desktop MK250
[*]PSU: some cheap1 450 or 550watt

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can anyone tell me if this is an allright setup? with this components?
i Want to keep the price as low as possible where can I save money and where should I spend more?
well my budget isnt really limited but I would like to keep this around 500-600 if that's possible ...
HTPC/DESKTOP
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
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post #2 of 4
What all is this used for?
If no gaming or encoding DUMP THE Phenom and grab an athlon II x2.
2x1gb ram is PLENTY for a windows 7 htpc.
I would grab a decent psu, pretty much the smallest you can find since your system only needs like 115watts or so. Cheap ones tend to have louder fans.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 965 Asrock 870 Extreme3 Sapphire 6850 sniper 2x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD blue 500gb cheap dvd-rw 7 x64 21" LG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
KA-558 Antec TP-750 NZXT Gamma MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Athlon II x2 240 Biostar A870u3 2x2gb gb ddr1066 Samsung h154ui 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 204ui Western Digital WD10 EADS Western Digital WD20 EARS Western digital WD2500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb dvd burner Windows 7 x64 Remote Desktop 
PowerCaseOther
Antec EA500-d Norco 470 Flexraid 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x4 620 ASUS M3A78-EM 5450 G.Skil 2x2gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb none Windows 7 x64 46" lcd 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
RII Antec EarthWatts EA-380 Norco 420 Polk Audio Monitor50 x5 
AudioAudioOther
Polk Audio Monitor 30 x2 Bic F12 sub Acoustic Research ARRX18G 
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Server
(19 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 965 Asrock 870 Extreme3 Sapphire 6850 sniper 2x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD blue 500gb cheap dvd-rw 7 x64 21" LG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
KA-558 Antec TP-750 NZXT Gamma MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Athlon II x2 240 Biostar A870u3 2x2gb gb ddr1066 Samsung h154ui 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 204ui Western Digital WD10 EADS Western Digital WD20 EARS Western digital WD2500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb dvd burner Windows 7 x64 Remote Desktop 
PowerCaseOther
Antec EA500-d Norco 470 Flexraid 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x4 620 ASUS M3A78-EM 5450 G.Skil 2x2gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb none Windows 7 x64 46" lcd 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
RII Antec EarthWatts EA-380 Norco 420 Polk Audio Monitor50 x5 
AudioAudioOther
Polk Audio Monitor 30 x2 Bic F12 sub Acoustic Research ARRX18G 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
I put together build for my HTPC/Desktop with all configured to play 1080p content .
yea im going to do video editing on pinnacle studio 14 .
I hope to unlock and lil oc it for encoding too.
HTPC/DESKTOP
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
HTPC/DESKTOP
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
I would say the Phenom II X2 will be fine. for more power and less money...
But do I need a small PSU or can a normal one clear it?
HTPC/DESKTOP
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
HTPC/DESKTOP
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555 BE ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATIRadeon HD 4250 Onboard with 128MB DDR3 1333 SPM CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 2TB green + 80GB seagate + WD P.E 500GB USB 3.0 LG DVD-Writer 22xD Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 Acer S243HL 24inch LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech wireless MK260 650watt VIP silent pro Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Panel logitech wireless MK260 
Mouse Pad
Logitech Mouse Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
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