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First build (LOW budget htpc)

post #1 of 19
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First off let me just state I don't need a high-end gaming rig (that's what the ps3 is for!!! biggrin.gif) My 6 year old Dell dual-core is still running strong & currently meets my computing needs. I do a lot of DVD burning & occasionally some video encoding.

However, I would love to have a custom rig that is a little more current and easily upgradeable in the future. My build experience is limited to installing a new hdd, new graphics card, and new fans in my current box.

Here's my blueprint:

case: NZXT Hades mid tower

cpu: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

mobo: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (onboard graphics is preferred, however I do have a 9500 gt I can steal from the Dell)

ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

psu: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

cpu cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RI 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler (had to look long & hard for a cooler that was less than 130mm tall so as not to interfere with the case's 200 mm side intake fan)

There is room in my budget to upgrade the processor to a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz (extra $50 for L3 cache do I really need it???)

or upgrade the mobo to an ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (again an extra $50 for what? I LOVE the Asus brand name but don't really need most of the features on this board)

If anyone cares to make a strong case for either (or both) of those upgrades or can find a flaw with my blueprint I sure would appreciate the help.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
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NZXT Hades 
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post #2 of 19
Well since you've chosen a m-atx motherboard and you want an HTPC, I'd recommend going with a lower profile HTPC case like antec p180 or any Fractal (Define R3) case. Lian Li has some sleek sleek ones as well. I'm partial to the PC-A05NB. Also, for your build, I'm not sure you need an aftermark CPU cooler unless you plan on doing some overclocking. Save the money.

Good luck!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition BIOSTAR TA790GX A3+ ASUS GTX 570 4gb ddr3 
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Win7 Antec NEO ECO 620W Fractal Define R3 
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post #3 of 19
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Thanks for the reply, I am planning on learning how to do some mild overclocking (I believe that is all that board allows).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
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NZXT Hades 
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post #4 of 19
Biostar A880G+ = unheatsinked 3+1 power phase.
Get a minimum heatsinked 4+1 power phase if you want to seriously overclock your 95W TDP processor. Especially if you have a tower cooler.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
3+1 power phase, was unable to find that info...

how about this board? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619

if not, which do you suggest?
Edited by mardi72 - 1/10/11 at 7:26pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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post #6 of 19
Not any better, also a 3+1.
3+1 will be fine for a stock Athlon II x4; if you will be overclocking the Athlon II x4, you will want a 4+1. Especially with a tower cooler. Sadly the only one that seems to fit the price range is this Jetway board.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
found one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128444

little more than I wanted to spend on a mobo, but if the full ATX board will be easier to work with I'll budget it in.

what kind of results are we talking about and how do you find the power phase info if the manufacturer website doesn't include it???
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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post #8 of 19
Great board choice, but ASUS M4A88T-V EVO offers better parts quality, features, and slightly better price after rebate.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
thats an 8+1 power phase isn't it? that board will be better for upgrading to a hexacore down the line then?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon IIx4 640 @ 3.0Ghz Asus M4A89GTD-Pro Radeon HD 5570 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb SSD (os) Windows 7 64 bit Asus ML228 21.5" Antec BP550 Plus 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Hades 
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post #10 of 19
To Phenom II x6 or any 125W processor, yes, very smile.gif
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Edited by xd_1771 - 1/10/11 at 10:27pm
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