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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2012, 05:49 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello AVS-peeps

I am looking to build my very first Gaming HTPC.

The motherboard has to have an PCI-Express x16, so that i can install a graphics card, and i would like the motherboard to have a SPDIF/Toslink, so that i can connect my surround sound system.
If possible i would like the motherboard to have PCI-slots for a TV-tuner and a wireless network card.

I prefer Intel-CPUs, but im not a NVIDIA-only/Radeon-only man.

I dont need a harddrive, diskdrive or PSU.

I was thinking Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX for my build.

My budget is around 530$ (3200,- DDK)

Do you guys have any sugestions for my build??

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For graphics i was thinking a card in the Radeon HD7750/NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti range, or something like that..
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The 7850 is dropping in price like a rock, and quite good - around GTX580 speed.

An i3 or i5 would be my suggestion.
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I think the HD7850 is a bit too expensive.

I was thinking something like this build:

Motherboard: ASRock H67M-ITX/HT
CPU: Intel Core i3 2120
RAM: 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1333MHz
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD7750
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (white)

What do you guys think? Am I making any misstakes?

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I'd shoot for a 6850 or 6870 over the 77xx line.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=614
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I'd shoot for a 6850 or 6870 over the 77xx line.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=614

What he said. I've got a 6870 in my rig (not an HTPC but whatever) and it runs everything I need it too, which in this case is everything. Granted it won't play something like BF3 on Ultra, but you're doing a budget build, go for the 6870 and be content to play it on mostly High with a bit of Medium thrown in. Everything else is pretty well easy to run maxed out save for maybe AA.

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I had a 6850 in my HTPC and it did really well for a budget card (except being a bit noisy with the fan), but I just started purchasing Nvidia cards, a GT430 for my low profile HTPC because the drivers seem to work that much better. I'm swapping my 6850 with a GTX 560 because I'm starting to believe the Nvidia drivers are a bit better then the the AMD/Radeon drivers, not that those cards are bad though (I have a 6850 and a 6870). The GTX 560 I ordered was only $130.00, so it was a good price for the performance, which should perform a bit better then my 6850 or 6870.

Edit: I'm eagerly awaiting for Nvidia to release a GTX 660 kepler card...

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