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Ok, so i was going to build a PC for my friend and all he does is stream LOADS of videos and watch movies all day.So i was thinking of going with the cheapest quad core i can possibly find on the market with 4gb of ram and probably a 2TB HD with a HTPC VC. Any suggestions where i can find a build like this.

O yea also including a good looking case and a PSU.

Thanks!
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you could try to go with one of the new sandy bridge processors i believe the new graphics chip in the processors can stream 1080p videos and they are pretty cheap unless you have a motherboard that of course dosnt support the sandy bridge processor but if you need a new one anyway then i would say sandy bridge
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Check out this post just seen it a while ago, can't really get much better for that dosh imo, if you can get one.
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If he watches videos most of the time, then he's probably in the market for an HTPC/Mini-ITX build. Tom's Hardware just did a review of some great mini-ITX solutions.

Since he will be watching and streaming media, I think the most important thing will be a very high capacity HDD. If he multi-tasks when he's watching videos, then I think a Quad-Core will be a suitable processor. Given this, I think this is the best you can get for him:

Silverstone SG06B Mini-ITX Case + Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze PSU: $150

Sony Optiarc DVD+RW Slim Drive: $35

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB: $90

ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 Mini-ITX Motherboard: $125

TEAM Xtreem Dark 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM: $45

AMD Athlon II X4 640: $100

Subtotal: $546
Total: $575

This is a great build for an HTPC. The mobo can take care of all the video thanks to the Radeon HD 4250 IGP and the CPU will provide great multi-tasking. The case is very small and durable. The HDD will provide ample room for all his media.

If he wants faster boot times and for the HDD to be only for his media, then he should get a Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB for $135. I don't think he'd notice the difference too much, though, since he's not an enthusiast. He'd be saving some money there.
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Check the other build suggestions I made lately, you will find some nice builds in the $500-600 range
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Thanks for all the advices.
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If he watches videos most of the time, then he's probably in the market for an HTPC/Mini-ITX build. Tom's Hardware just did a review of some great mini-ITX solutions.

Since he will be watching and streaming media, I think the most important thing will be a very high capacity HDD. If he multi-tasks when he's watching videos, then I think a Quad-Core will be a suitable processor. Given this, I think this is the best you can get for him:

Silverstone SG06B Mini-ITX Case + Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze PSU: $150

Sony Optiarc DVD+RW Slim Drive: $35

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB: $90

ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 Mini-ITX Motherboard: $125

TEAM Xtreem Dark 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM: $45

AMD Athlon II X4 640: $100

Subtotal: $546
Total: $575

This is a great build for an HTPC. The mobo can take care of all the video thanks to the Radeon HD 4250 IGP and the CPU will provide great multi-tasking. The case is very small and durable. The HDD will provide ample room for all his media.

If he wants faster boot times and for the HDD to be only for his media, then he should get a Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB for $135. I don't think he'd notice the difference too much, though, since he's not an enthusiast. He'd be saving some money there.
exactly! that would make a perfect little computer. i would throw in a little gt240 or something for video support
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I am running a Propus core. they are not bad for the cash you pay, though no level 3 cache. And a locked multiplier. Though I successfully overclocked mine simply by upping the NB/CPU frequency from 200 to 240 and manually entering my RAM timings. Went from 2.6 to 3.12 stable!!!
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Get a Callisto Phenom II X2 for ~$70 and unlock to quad core
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My case is already stylish and 750W is Really good. If he wants fast RAM he can get it with Corsair.
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$820
-$210 (GPU)
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-$100 (Screen)
$510
+$ 35 (DVD Drive)
$545
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$520+50 for 2TB
TOTAL PRICE:
$570
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