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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Black Tiger, 11 Oct 2011.

  1. Black Tiger

    Black Tiger Chineapple Punks

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    hey guys, im building my mother a HTPC for xmas and need some help picking parts out.

    Not sure what motherboard to get but i know i want a mATX build, already pretty much decided on a case, fancy the fractal design core 1000, it's a bargain at £27

    Also haven't kept up with graphics card releases this year so I don't have a clue what to get, its not going to be used for gaming apart from small indie games like limbo and games like bejewelled (i showed my mother bejewelled on my ipod, bad mistake, didn't see my ipod again for 3 days )

    Just GPU, PSU and MOBO left



    CPU - AMD Phenom X4 9650
    GPU -
    PSU -
    RAM - 2x2gb DDR2
    MOBO -
    CASE - Fractal Design core 1000
    HDD - 2x500gb



    dont think im missing anything out,

    Can't wait to read some replies.

    Cheers Peeps


    Black Tiger
     
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  2. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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  3. Black Tiger

    Black Tiger Chineapple Punks

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    haven't got a particular budget in mind, but somewhere around this area, it's not going to be overclocked or pushed hard, just movies and low end casual games

    Motherboard - £40
    GPU - £40-60
    PSU - £30

    Cheaper the better but obviously not too cheap LMAO if you catch my drift
     
  4. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    The problem is that AM2+ CPU are not compatible with AM3 mobos (and doesn't support DDR3).

    Why don't you get a MSI miti-ITX H61 mobo + pentium G620 ? The IGP will handle easily HD movies, it is cheap, small and power friendly.

    MSI H61 mITX : £53

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-...ddr3-sata-ii-3gb-s-graphics-on-board-mini-itx

    Pentium G620 : £53

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-g620-s-1155-dual-core-260ghz-3mb-smart-cache-65w-retail

    Corsair XM3 DDR3 1333MHz (2x 2GB) : £27

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-...6-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v

    Total = £141
     
  5. Black Tiger

    Black Tiger Chineapple Punks

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    thanks for the reply, really want to use the AMD chip as it's just sitting around doing nothing, just got 4gb of DDR2 sorted out now aswell. edited first post with updates
     
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  6. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    A quick browse would suggest:

    • Combined with a Radeon HD5570/5670 - About £40-50

    • Plus a cheap, but not too cheap :) PSU - Not really au fait with that end of the PSU market, but maybe £20-30??
    Should give you the best bang per buck with a few (albeit limited) gaming options.
    This is assuming you want new components. Since AM2+ is an obsolete form factor there are probably big savings to be had if you are willing to go second hand.

    EDIT: You could get a cheaper graphics card and still run casual games and movies fine.
     
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  7. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    My HTPC is based around the asus e35m1-I deluxe which is perfectly fine for everything you've mentioned above but is above your combined mobo + GPU price - the E35M1-M PRO http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-e35m1-m-pro-amd-hudson-m1-amd-zacate-18w-pci-e-20-(x16)-ddr3-1066-sata-6gb-s-micro-atx would also do the trick and be close-ish to budget.

    It also draws next to no power (30W idle, 40W playing a blu-ray) so a huge PSU is not necessary - a PicoPSU would do the trick. Add 4GB DDR3 for £20 and you're done!

    Total cost for mobo, integrated CPU + GPU & RAM £124.50 from scan (this ram http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-corsair-ddr3-xms3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v)
     

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