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Trying to build a half decent gaming/htpc for my living room, I'm currently waiting on the SB mobo's to come back into circulation as I already have a 2600k, GTX 580, and a bunch of other bells and whistles for my " main " rig.

Just like the idea of an HTPC, and the ability to play decent games at decent settings, I hate moving my computer around..

I already have a case, power supply, dvd-rom and HDD, so basically I just need mobo/cpu/ram/gpu. Heres what I've come up with on new egg. 350+ shipping, not opposed to spending a little more but would like to stay under 400. Any input is welcome.
Edited by 1055AMDGuy - 2/23/11 at 1:25pm
 
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post #2 of 7
A list for you, for around €400.

-Intel® Core™2 Duo E7600 (€130)
-Kingston HyperX 4 GB DDR2-1066 Kit (€70)
-GIGABYTE GA-G41M-Combo (€55)
-MSI R5770 Hawk (€140)
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€395


This should be good enough, and you can overclock that processor easily!
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I would go with an X3 as you won't have to worry about trying to unlock a 3rd or 4th core and potentially having it fail, and I would grab a 1GB 460, or a PNY 465 for some potential unlocking (and even if not, they are a smidgen stronger than the 460's even though they do run a little warmer)

edit: Oh yeah, and grab yourself a cooler that will fit your case, it will help a lot in the O/c department wink.gif
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;12498496 
I would go with an X3 as you won't have to worry about trying to unlock a 3rd or 4th core and potentially having it fail, and I would grab a 1GB 460, or a PNY 465 for some potential unlocking (and even if not, they are a smidgen stronger than the 460's even though they do run a little warmer)

edit: Oh yeah, and grab yourself a cooler that will fit your case, it will help a lot in the O/c department wink.gif

Is there really that big a chance that it could fail trying to unlock it ? My friend has bought 2 in the past month and both unlocked to stable quads, maybe he got lucky though I suppose.

So can a PNY 465 unlock to a 470 or something? I don't know much about nvidia cards.
 
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looks perfect to me if you plan to unlock , except the ram is uber crap 1.65v and 9-9-9-24-2N thats the crapiest thing ever for 50$
for only 48$ u can have this G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ 1.5v and 9-9-9-24-1T which can be tighten up and overclocked to 8-8-8-24 at 1.65v no problem
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A modification/mix of the xd Number Cruncher and xd Absolute in this thread should fit that budget smile.gif
RabbitGT.... that is a 1600 CL9 1.5V kit (unless he changed the RAM before I checked it), it's not that bad. However I agree on not the best price-performance.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;12500197 
A modification/mix of the xd Number Cruncher and xd Absolute in this thread should fit that budget smile.gif
RabbitGT.... that is a 1600 CL9 1.5V kit (unless he changed the RAM before I checked it), it's not that bad. However I agree on not the best price-performance.

I actually read your post earlier and liked what I saw, I may switch up a few things.

and RabbitGT the ram I posted is 1.5v, but thank you for the other link. I posted here to get suggestions, and I'll take all of them into consideration. smile.gif
 
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