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post #1 of 12 Old 12-15-2013, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
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*UPDATED PARTS LIST* I couldn't get around to the build in Dec.

I'm looking for a new HTPC for blu ray playback, gaming (skyrim, bf4, gta v)and web surfing. Here is what I came up with, my planned budget was 1500. I did all of my parts shopping on newegg. Thanks, Chris



WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822236624
$149.99


GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125462
$389.99




CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
$109.99


Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
$8.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233186
$86.99


ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131977
$164.99


Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K
Item #: N82E16819116899
$239.99


SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820147248
$154.99


Fractal Design Node 605 FD-CA-NODE-605-BL Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Media Center/HTPC case
Item #: N82E16811352028
$129.99

Samsung es6150 55", Marantz av8801, Acer RL70 - HTPC, Sony S590 - BluRay, Polk Lsim703's - Mains, Polk LSIC - Center, Parasound A21 amp for mains & Acurus A250- Amplifier center channel, Dual Svs SB2000 Subwoofers
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Very good build, only a few thoughts.

A 750w Gold PSU is overkill unless you plan to SLI that 760 later, and in a Fractal case, that's probably not what you plan to do I assume. A 600w bronze is more than enough if you aren't going to OC.

What exactly are you looking for in terms of 'light' gaming? You could drop $100 out of it and go for the i5-4670K, exactly the same as the 4770K for gaming, just without the HyperThreading, and most games don't take advantage of it.

If you aren't going to have a ton of stuff installed at any one time, go for an SSD. With some part tweaking you could get a 128GB SSD and a 1TB secondary, or even keep that 2TB WD as a secondary. swapping to a 4670K and stepping down a bit on PSU would net you enough to snag a 12GB SSD right there.

Another thing, if you aren't going to OC the processor, there's no need to go aftermarket cooling. the stock Intel cooler is more than capable of keep it cool.

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You're going to want hyperthreading, more and more games are going to be using more threads like BF4.
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You're going to want hyperthreading, more and more games are going to be using more threads like BF4.

HT makes no difference in BF4. At least not a single difference on Win 8. I get the exact same frame rates with HT off as I do with HT on.

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My suggestions are i5 instead of i7 and then get a 770 instead of the 760. I think the 3 free games deal is still going (AC4, SCBL, Batman).
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I agree with spending more money on video card and less on CPU - 770 and i5 is a better combination IMHO

Also, SSD. There's just no comparison.

Also, unless you overclock, stock Intel cooling is quite enough.

Also, "light gaming" is a vague definition, for some people it means "a quick game of Crysis 3 with everything maxed out" smile.gif
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I agree with spending more money on video card and less on CPU - 770 and i5 is a better combination IMHO

Also, SSD. There's just no comparison.

Also, unless you overclock, stock Intel cooling is quite enough.

Also, "light gaming" is a vague definition, for some people it means "a quick game of Crysis 3 with everything maxed out" smile.gif

Exactly this. When building on a budget, I generally recommend going the i5 route unless you REALLY need the Hyperthreading. As I said before, HT makes practically no difference right now, even in BF4. An extra $100 to drop on the GPU will go further than an extra $100 on CPU just for Hyperthreading.

Also agree with the SSD. Pick up at least a 128gb if you want to put more than the OS and a few programs on it. I say that, and I have a 256gb SSD with 156gb still free lol. I'm at the login screen for Windows in under 10 seconds, it's a huge difference.

And to repeat what I said and what durack said, if you aren't overclocking, stock cooling is perfectly fine.

"Light gaming" could mean casual facebook crap, or a quick round of CS:GO, or League of Legends, or a quick session of Crysis 3 maxed out (as said above) we need more of an idea of what you mean lol

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Aftermarket cooling only makes sense in non-overclocked systems if you are going for a completely silent build, and in a gaming HTPC your video card is the source for most of the noise so once again, no reason to waste money on an aftermarket cooler.
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I replaced Intel's cooling with aftermarket cooling (EVO Hyper 212) even though I'm on stock speeds because... well, because. redface.gif

Actually, I was happy it is quieter, and it just seemed like something I wanted to do. My CPU temps dropped about 20%, so I'm happy I did it - even if it was unnecessary.


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Updated list, How does the build look with the new parts list? Thanks

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2 months later and you still haven't built this thing?

You still don't need 750 watts. 650 would be plenty.

Also no need for arctic silver. Why waste the money, you would have to clean off the stock cooler's already applied thermal compound to put the new stuff on too. It's also not needed unless you are overclocking. 200 hours break in time for this compound as well. Then you'll see a few degrees less. $10 worth all that? I don't see any after market cooler in your list. Would be fine if you weren't using the stock cooler. But then an aftermarket cooler also will normally come with it's own compound.


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