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Old February 24, 2010, 05:39 AM
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Hey guys this will be my first htpc build. I've totaled it from newegg.ca. Please let me know your suggestions. My budget will probably be around 500$ and I would like it quiet enough so that it isnt annoying when sitting about 2 meters away from it. My primary use of it would be surfing and playing HD videos over LAN and possibly the occasional game if I may.
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APEVIA Black / Silver X-MASTER-AL/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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-$10.00 Instant
$84.99
$74.991
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
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$88.491
AMD Phenom II X3 705e 2.5GHz Socket AM3 65W Triple-Core Processor
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$135.001
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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$89.99

Grand Total:$388.47

I chose the gigabyte mb instead of the ASUS one that costs ~ the same
Newegg.ca - ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
because of the ide port which I will use for my hdd. I do not need a large hdd since I have a nas drive that will send the data over my gigabit network. Please let me know your suggestions and if I could be more wisely spending my cash.

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Old February 24, 2010, 08:21 AM
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That's a lot of CPU for a HTPC. Are you doing anything else on it that you need more power?

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Old February 24, 2010, 10:19 AM
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I was hoping that if i bought the phenom cpu I wouldn't have to upgrade the pc for just media use and light gaming. I wanted that cpu because its a 45nm 65w cpu and noise is an issue for me. Should I opt for one of these:
Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Processors - Desktops

and spend the extra dough on better/more ram and a new GPU instead of the phenom?

On a side note, would a 95w cpu really be that loud on stock cooling?

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