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So one of the associates where I work asked if I could build him 2 HTPC's.

I've only ever built gaming rigs for friends or people that ask, so this is going to be a bit of a slide for me.

He specifically asked for the NZXT Phantom, which I thought was a bit weird and tried to explain that a mid-tower or mATX would be a much more low profile and fitting choice for a home theater set up.

None the less I was thinking about doing sandy bridge, but I'm open to suggestions or where you think I should start. If I had it my way I would toss in i7's and 580's! but I don't

His budget for each build is $1000 (Canadian)

He likes the idea of upgradable and mass storage builds.

One computer he wants hooked up to a HDTV +2 monitors, as more of a standard use +HTPC. The other is just for storage and media.

And jumps in right direction would be greatly appriciated!
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post #2 of 11
Are either he or you going to be overclocking?
With that much money he could afford i7 2600k rigs, although I doubt he needs anything more than an Athlon II.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/21/11 at 1:38pm
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post #3 of 11
I would say get a sandy bridge Core i3, and pair it up with an H67 motherboard. Then add a few TBs of HDD space maybe in RAID 5 at most, maybe a small SSD as a boot drive for boot performance, no dedicated graphics. You could easily make such a build for 8-9 hundred that would perform awesomely...though I do agree, why would he want such a big conspicuous case for a home theater build?
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post #4 of 11
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I was thinking about going for a i5 2500K for his main machine and a eyefinity gpu. due to him wanting to be able to run 3 monitors on that one.

I just asked him and apparently both computers he wants identical. which blows my mind because one of them is just going to be a HTPC and not used for anything else.

other wise i just would have made one 500 dollars and dumped 1500 into his main.
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post #5 of 11
I think a bit more sit and discuss things over a bit more may be in order. Maybe get more of a feel what what else he may be thinking or enlighten him futhure of whats practical for his needs
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Originally Posted by Squeek View Post
I was thinking about going for a i5 2500K for his main machine and a eyefinity gpu. due to him wanting to be able to run 3 monitors on that one.

I just asked him and apparently both computers he wants identical. which blows my mind because one of them is just going to be a HTPC and not used for anything else.

other wise i just would have made one 500 dollars and dumped 1500 into his main.
I agree completely...he is just going to waste money and cut performance for no reason...why does he want both identical so bad?
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Originally Posted by Squeek View Post
I was thinking about going for a i5 2500K for his main machine and a eyefinity gpu. due to him wanting to be able to run 3 monitors on that one.

I just asked him and apparently both computers he wants identical. which blows my mind because one of them is just going to be a HTPC and not used for anything else.

other wise i just would have made one 500 dollars and dumped 1500 into his main.
CPU: Core i5 2500K ($220)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 ($180)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB ($50)
GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 Flex ($225)
HDD: Samsung F3 500GB ($50)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W ($40)
Case: NZXT Phantom ($140)

Oh, and a CM Hyper 212+ as a HSF.
You could probably throw an SSD in there as well.

It's overkill, but if it's what he wants...
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by thisischuck01 View Post
CPU: Core i5 2500K ($220)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 ($180)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB ($50)
GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 Flex ($225)
HDD: Samsung F3 500GB ($50)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W ($40)
Case: NZXT Phantom ($140)

Oh, and a CM Hyper 212+ as a HSF.
You could probably throw an SSD in there as well.

It's overkill, but if it's what he wants...
thank you so much for the help! couple things in there i might tweak around. i can probably get him a decent seagate 1tb HD for around 50. and there is a clearence on TX750W PSU's at a local shop here
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by MooCwzRck View Post
I agree completely...he is just going to waste money and cut performance for no reason...why does he want both identical so bad?
I don't know, I havn't seen him for a couple days and probably won't until thursday, which is fine. I would like to come up with a couple builds and post them here for feed back (one build both identical, the other as a HTPC and a main).

after that I want to talk to him and stress some of this stuff.

He's basically one of those guys that just says here is my money, do stuff with it.
Edited by Squeek - 3/21/11 at 7:09pm
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post #10 of 11
I don't understand, he wants you to build him 2 htpc's with a budget of $1000? That give you very little room to work with.
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