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So I have accepted a request to build a computer for a colleague, and have put together a preliminary list of parts for said build.

The objective:
-To build a computer that is well balanced between performance and price.
-The client wants a rig that will be an effective, reliable and fast media center PC.
-Budget cap is One Thousand USD. However the lower I can keep the cost, the better.

The list (so far):
-Corsair Builder Series 600w
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422166&sku=C13-2814
($69.99 before $20.00 MIR)

-Corsair pc10666 1333MHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4837614&sku=C13-8220
($49.99 before $10.00 MIR)

-EVGA 9500 GT
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4111742&sku=E145-9504
($64.99 before $15.00 MIR)

-ASUS p8p67 LE B3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7343083&sku=A455-3037
($139.99)

-INTEL core i5-2400
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073164&sku=I69-2400
($189.99)

-W7 HP 64
($99.99)

-OCZ Solid 3 series, 60gb
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=557374&sku=O261-8203
($109.99)

-Seagate Barracuda HD 1tb
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=61389&sku=TSD-1000AS5
($54.99)

-Case and other peripherals pending Client decision.

-Total thus far is $779.92 (plus $9.56 shipping)
(NOTE: I haven't spent extensive time price shopping between other websites or local dealers IE Microcenter, and plan to do so when the build is more finalized)

Questions / comments for OCN:

-I haven't had experience with Corsair's Builder Series power supplies, however I have had great experience with the GS and AX series from corsair. Can I expect the Builder Series to produce the same reliability?

-I chose the EVGA 9500 GT mainly because of price, and because the client does not need anything too high end. However I do not know how well this card compares to the integrated video of H67 chip sets. Also to note, I may want to upgrade to a card that provides HDMI.

Now comes the Critique section from you (OCN)
Let me know what I can change or improve in this build.

Cheers
-Frame
 

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If it's a budget rig for media only, you definately want the H67 chipset.

Reasons:

-Your CPU doesn't overclock anyway
-You can use Quick Sync for video decoding
-Integrated graphics should be enough.

Also, PSU is WAY overkill, just slap a 300-400 watter and it's gonna be plenty.

You can definately drop the card and use the Integretad graphics. If you still want discrete graphics, get this: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=149617&CatId=3669 HDMI output, more than enough power (I believe it's as powerful as the 9500GT and it's passive so 0 noise which is great for multimedia.
 

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Originally Posted by Snowmen;14227636
-Integrated graphics should be enough.
Also, PSU is WAY overkill, just slap a 300-400 watter and it's gonna be plenty.
Exactly.

If you are actually going to use the power supply and want a video card....

Video card is garbage. If you are going to get a 9500 GT, you might as well just get an 8600 GT off of eBay for $15 for the same performance.

Get at least a GTS 450 or GTS 250. Maybe a 9800 GT. Not a 9500. Even these don't need a 600+ watt power supply.
 

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BTW, that 5450 is about 25% more powerful than integrated so it wont make a massive difference. If you want something that can run games, look for a 1GB HD 5770, it's a pretty good value card.
 

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Here is what I'd do

Id get rid of the ssd, and get a single F3 instead,

the i3-2100 may be a better choice, use its integrated GPU with this board

this ram

this drive, open box if you want to save some cash

this case, fits awesome with home theater systems

and this psu

and windows 7 of course, total of 663.93

This would provide didgital audio out to any DAC or receiver, hdmi out to TV, usb 3.0, plenty of processing power, and good storage, if it needs to be wireless throw in this card for 38 bucks
 

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This case is a bit expensive though (compared to the rest). You should shortlist a couple of cases and ask him which one he prefers.
 

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you pay for quality, and case quality is important for HTPCs
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rdrdrdrd;14227936
Here is what I'd do

Id get rid of the ssd, and get a single F3 instead,

the i3-2100 may be a better choice, use its integrated GPU with this board

this ram

this drive, open box if you want to save some cash

this case, fits awesome with home theater systems

and this psu

and windows 7 of course, total of 663.93

This would provide didgital audio out to any DAC or receiver, hdmi out to TV, usb 3.0, plenty of processing power, and good storage, if it needs to be wireless throw in this card for 38 bucks
The case is expensive but worth it, trust me
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Get this memory $25 after rebate and waaay better

Also this board is waaay better and same price

Enjoy
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The case is expensive but worth it, trust me
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Get this memory $25 after rebate and waaay better

Also this board is waaay better and same price

Enjoy
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rebates dont always work
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And thats a p67 not h67, so the SB GPU will not e able to be used
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rebates dont always work
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That's right but normal price is $34 which is still very cheap, especially for 1600 MHz memory.
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And thats a p67 not h67, so the SB GPU will not e able to be used
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It is an ASUS P8H67-M LX, read carefully before sayin'
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This board has no HDMI btw...

EDIT : I have seen this Biostar, same price with HDMI, seems good
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Whoops my bad, the asrock I mentioned is 86 dollars so good value with hdmi out
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

I figured 600w would be overkill, and that Antec fits the bill nicely. (props to RD)

I messed up in the objective section for this build. I mislabeled this build as a "media center" computer, which I'm sure gave you the impression of an HTPC. However, the client is looking for something that will last a while and accommodate anything that he gets into in that time.

I do like the suggestion of the H67 boards, and I should note that the hdmi out isn't a necessity, more or less a convenience.
 

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In that case I would revise my build:

this case

F3 drive

Same Bluray

Same PSU

this mouse and keyboard

this monitor, I have one and its awesome, no dead pixels or anyhting, the built in webcam is a plus

this itx motherboard, itx as it is small and makes for very powerful portable syetems (Wi-Fi and bluetooth
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

this ram for multitasking

oh and if he video chats throw in this 3 dollar mic
You could also squeeze up to a HD 6990 in there! So it can expand to a gaming purpose with a GPU, and it has HDMI out for TVs, and DVI for the monitor, The S/PIDF out would be a bonus if he ever gets into audio, but USB DACS are also very good. Total of 958 no shipping
 
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