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post #61 of 66 Old 02-07-2013, 02:03 PM - Thread Starter
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The main purpose for my build was definitely for the kids. They were always losing discs or scratching them up beyond repair. Not to mention the mess and disorganization. Thank you all so much for the help. If I can help anyone else out, I will try.
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Looks great !!!

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I am still enjoying the XBMC PC I built, so much so, that I am about to build a new (smaller) HTPC for another room. What do you think about this build? Any suggestions?

Using Newegg links, so prices are different.

Case: Silverstone ML03B - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174&Tpk=ml03b&IsVirtualParent=1
PSU: Silverstone Strider 400W -$48.99
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Strider-Active-Supply-ST40F-ES/dp/B0034XRDUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371002711&sr=8-1&keywords=silverstone+strider+400w
CPU: A8 5600K - $98.24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113281
Motherboard: Asrock FM2A75 Pro-4M - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157334
OS Drive: Samsung 840 120GB - $98.73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz - $62.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

Total: $428.92

A couple of questions:

1. Do I need to throw in some 80mm fans for the case?
2. Do I need an aftermarket cpu cooler? (GeminII or Big Shuriken)
3. I have not used the AMD CPUs is the A8 5600K the best bang for the buck? (vs A6 6600k or Intel G2120+discreet GPU) I want to do 3d 1080P. Possibly light gaming.
4. Price savings anywhere?

Thanks again.

BTW, should I have started a new thread?
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DDR3 2400 is now only $65. Why not go with it? A8-5600K is a good choice. Or A6-5400K (not good for gaming, however).

The stock cooler is good at video playback, but insufficient for CPU intensive tasks (not sure what tasks you would do). The cooler can be replaced any time later. So try the stock one first.

Scythe Big Shuriken > Scythe Shuriken ~ Cooler Master GeminII M4

Big Shuriken is not compatible with Ripjaws X (or the one you chose). GeminII M4 is good for Ripjaws X (but not good for the one you chose).

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DDR3 2400 is now only $65. Why not go with it? A8-5600K is a good choice. Or A6-5400K (not good for gaming, however).

That is a good price. However, Newegg charges me an extra 10% because of my location. And in the same regard, I get 3% off of Amazon. So in place and considering the Cooler comment, how do these look?

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modules-1600MHz-Non-ECC-Desktop/dp/B0057Q4ADU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1371058129&sr=8-4&keywords=8gb+%282x4gb%29+2400

They are 1.65v, but I assume that is ok. 1600MHz. Or do you think the GSkill 2400MHz is a better deal. With the board I chose, would I need to Overclock the 2400MHz RAM?
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The stock cooler is good at video playback, but insufficient for CPU intensive tasks (not sure what tasks you would do). The cooler can be replaced any time later. So try the stock one first.

Scythe Big Shuriken > Scythe Shuriken ~ Cooler Master GeminII M4

Big Shuriken is not compatible with Ripjaws X (or the one you chose). GeminII M4 is good for Ripjaws X (but not good for the one you chose).

I guess my goals are mainly HTPC. I can rip and encode on the i5-3570k in the previous builds. I may add some gaming, but I haven't had time, and I tend to stick with console gaming for pure ease. No need for extra hdd or such in the box.

So do you think I need after market cooler or additional fans?

Thank you again for the help.
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That Kingston DDR3-1600 memory is what I use in all my Ivy Bridge i3+ builds. It's very good memory.

 

 

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