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After finishing my Sandy Bridge rig, I've decided I want to separate my gaming rig from my media rig. So I want to build a HTPC just for the living room. I'm just going to be playing back my movies (1080p) and streaming Netflix. I figured for a budget like this, AMD CPUs would be the better choice. So far I've only picked out the case, and here are some requirements I have:

Case: nMEDIAPC 5000b
(Really wanted the Antec Fusion but it won't fit in my TV shelf, I only have a 18 inch wide slot for it)

HDD: 2TB Drive

RAM: 4GB at least

Mobo: Micro ATX - Integrated video card with HDMI output (What does all this 785G/880G mean?)

PSU: I assume 380 watts is enough? Doesn't have to be modular

Thanks for the help guys!
Edited by starwa1ker - 1/22/11 at 3:43pm
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Athlon II x2 250 - $60
Biostar A880G+ - $60
WD20EARS - $100, $80 AR
Antec NEO ECO 400W - $45
Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 - $50, $40 AR
nMedia PC 5000b - $85 shipped

Total before rebates - $400 shipped

Alternate case/PSU that I personally recommend - - $101.24 shipped
This option - $371.24 shipped

Plenty of room to play with
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Athlon II x2 250 - $60
Biostar A880G+ - $60
WD20EARS - $100, $80 AR
Antec NEO ECO 400W - $45
Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 - $50, $40 AR
nMedia PC 5000b - $85 shipped

Total before rebates - $400 shipped

Alternate case/PSU that I personally recommend - Antec Minuet 350 w/350W 80+ Bronze CPU - $101.24 shipped
This option - $371.24 shipped

Plenty of room to play with
That looks great, I'm just not too sure about the mobo, I've never used that brand before, plus I've been a bit of an ASUS fangirl. How about this board?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131673R

Also for the HDDs, is the WD Green better or the Samsung F4?
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You could get an M4A785TD-V EVO open box for even cheaper, but looks like that's the only one that comes close to the price range and is mATX, not ATX. I say go for it.
I'm not sure about the WD Green vs. Samsung F4, but the Green does have twice the cache as a good starting point.
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Well, here is my build. $415 before any rebates or shipping...
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XD's build looks good. The WD or F4 will be just fine. The Biostar mobo will do you great. They have been around a while.
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Some things I'd change:
1. Stay with Athlon II x2 250. It is a much better C3 revision over the 245.
2. Stay with the Kingston RAM. It'll match the price of that RAM after rebate and be a much better choice.
3. I highly recommend the Antec NEO ECO 400W (for only a few $$$ more) over that Earthwatts model. The NEO ECO 400W is a solid Seasonic-built PSU.
4. Have you considered the Antec Minuet 350 I posted earlier? I actually own one, it's a great case.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Some things I'd change:
1. Stay with Athlon II x2 250. It is a much better C3 revision over the 245.
2. Stay with the Kingston RAM. It'll match the price of that RAM after rebate and be a much better choice.
3. I highly recommend the Antec NEO ECO 400W (for only a few $$$ more) over that Earthwatts model. The NEO ECO 400W is a solid Seasonic-built PSU.
4. Have you considered the Antec Minuet 350 I posted earlier? I actually own one, it's a great case.
1. Changed
2. Yes I will go with that RAM
3. Looking into that right now
4. Not a bad case, but its silver! Doesn't match my setup =(
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750/880 those are the chipset numbers.

I recently purchased that biostar board, it was d.o.a., doesn't necessarily make it a bad board......

should have the replacement in about a week, I wish I had gone w/asus but I would never buy open box mobo....
    
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I have purchased 3 open box mobo's from Newegg in the last year and they all worked perfectly.
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