Looking for some input on first Game/"HTPC"
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February 21, 2011, 02:46 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
A few comments here. :)
1) You can buy superior power supplies from companies like Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair. I guess depending on whether or not you will be using a dual graphics card down the road, you can easily get away with a 650W PSU. In fact, a decent one would be XFX 650W (Seasonic made) psu which costs $70 as well.
2) You can pricematch parts at NCIX, a Canadian company. Use pricebat.ca/shopbot.ca and copy-paste the name of the product you want to buy. You'll save $100-200 easily that way.
3) You don't want to be gaming on a Green drive. They're meant for storage. For $1500, you can easily fit in a SSD or black drive.
If you can wait till Spring, I would jump on buying Sandybridge as it offers the best performance for its price point, and will last you much longer than what you have listed. I recommend looking at Anandtech for some benchmark comparisons between the processor you've listed and the
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I made a post awhile back for someone who wanted to buy a $2000 rig. I've edited it in light of your budget and took into consideration what you've listed as well.
(i7-960's should be coming down to the same price if they haven't already)
ASUS Sabertooth X58 mobo
$200 EVGA SSC+ GTX 460
Corsair 60 GB SSD
6GB G. Skill RAM 1600
1TB Black H
XFX 650W PSU
Noctua D14 cooler
$70 LG Blu-Ray Drive
Artic Silver Thermal Paste
$165 ASUS ML228H Monitor
- COOLER MASTER Excalibur 120mm (x2) - $25
Apevia 80mm (x2) - $4
Scythe Kaze Master Fan Controller - $36
Total ~ $1500
I swapped out the cooler with Noctua's D14. If you're going to spend that much you might as well buy the best (arguably) in class performance/silence. Other options would be the Megahalems, Thermaltake Friio, etc. There's some reviews on this site for these coolers in case you want a comparison. I also added an SSD into your build for some file transfer/load time upgrade!
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