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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to have a PC sitting in my living room connected to a 60" Samsung Plasma TV.

Budget: ~$350
Purchase Period: Next Month
Uses: 8/10-bit anime (madVR, LAV, MPC-HC), visual novels, and possibly some less hefty Steam games
Code:
Memory             G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory           39.99
Video Card         MSI N460GTX Hawk 1GB                                    0.00
Storage            Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM           64.95
Case               Corsair 330R ATX Mid Tower                             49.99
Power Supply       Corsair CX500W ATX12V                                  29.99
Optical Drive      Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer                          16.00
Operating System   Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)     0.00
                                                                        $200.92

I had a spare video card so I had to select an appropriate power supply with the appropriate connectors .
I chose a normal case because I don't need the aesthetics of a HTPC-style case and I do like the extra build room.
I have a spare license for Windows 7 from my now dead laptop

All that is left is approximately $150 to spend on a CPU + Motherboard. However, I have no clue on the AMD line of products as I haven't use one since the Athlon XP series.

I live in Florida, so no Fry's/Microcenter but I can get relatives to get parts for me if needed since they will be visiting during the holidays. At first, I was thinking Pentium G3220 or the A4-6300 for ~$65, however Fry's has some options with the Sandy/Ivy Bridge line
Intel Core i3 2125 - $49
Intel Core i5 2400 - $50
Intel Core i3-3210 - $61
post #2 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by roninmedia View Post

I'm looking to have a PC sitting in my living room connected to a 60" Samsung Plasma TV.

Budget: ~$350
Purchase Period: Next Month
Uses: 8/10-bit anime (madVR, LAV, MPC-HC), visual novels, and possibly some less hefty Steam games
Code:
Memory             G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory           39.99
Video Card         MSI N460GTX Hawk 1GB                                    0.00
Storage            Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM           64.95
Case               Corsair 330R ATX Mid Tower                             49.99
Power Supply       Corsair CX500W ATX12V                                  29.99
Optical Drive      Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer                          16.00
Operating System   Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)     0.00
                                                                        $200.92

I had a spare video card so I had to select an appropriate power supply with the appropriate connectors .
I chose a normal case because I don't need the aesthetics of a HTPC-style case and I do like the extra build room.
I have a spare license for Windows 7 from my now dead laptop

All that is left is approximately $150 to spend on a CPU + Motherboard. However, I have no clue on the AMD line of products as I haven't use one since the Athlon XP series.

I live in Florida, so no Fry's/Microcenter but I can get relatives to get parts for me if needed since they will be visiting during the holidays. At first, I was thinking Pentium G3220 or the A4-6300 for ~$65, however Fry's has some options with the Sandy/Ivy Bridge line
Intel Core i3 2125 - $49
Intel Core i5 2400 - $50
Intel Core i3-3210 - $61

You can get the i5 for $50? I'd definitely go for that and $100 mobo. Here's an ASUS for $110. I've always had good luck with their boards .

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007RIFKS0?qid=1382575848&sr=8-5&vs=1
post #3 of 9
Where can you buy an i5 2400 for $50 ?eek.gif
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Where can you buy an i5 2400 for $50 ?eek.gif

Holy!!! Check out Fry's website.eek.gif
Looks like they are clearing out certain Sandy and Ivy Proc's. They even have an i7-2600k for $145!
http://www.frys.com/search?query_string=&cat=-69554&pType=pDisplay&fq=100816%201155&sort=price%20asc&start=0&cat=-69554&from=0&to=24

They are in store only.
While supplies last.

Anyone willing to pick up a couple IB i5's for me?
post #5 of 9
I live in MA

Not around me mad.gif
post #6 of 9
LOL !

I click you link and see this:




First I am like... WHO THE HECK WOULD BUY THE $49 G1610 when the i3 is $.99 cheaper ??????

Then I look down and think... Who would not spend the extra $.01 for the i5 !!!!!


FML

I never get deals like that.

$50 for i5. That's you all day bro. I'd break my fingers and strip my case screws trying so fast to swap that server G630 out with an i5 biggrin.gif

LOL @ G1620 for $10 more wink.gif
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Found out Microcenter has some Richland CPU + $14.99 Motherboard combinations.


MSI FM2-A75MA-P33 Socket FM2 mATX AMD Motherboard
SKU: 711473
$14.99

AMD A8 6600K Black Edition 3.9GHz Quad-Core SocketAMD A8 6600K Black Edition 3.9GHz Quad-Core Socket
SKU: 617787
$109.99

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MSI FM2-A75MA-P33 Socket FM2 mATX AMD Motherboard
SKU: 711473
$14.99

AMD A6 6400K Black Edition 3.9GHz Dual-Core SocketAMD A6 6400K Black Edition 3.9GHz Dual-Core Socket
SKU: 617811
$69.99
post #8 of 9
I was going to suggest AMD A-series (don't need the video card either then), but I think both of those are 100W processors. I just realized the the A6 is a 65W. I seriously consider the A6 6400K for an HTPC. I know nothing about that motherboard.
post #9 of 9
sh### ..................no $ 50.00 i5 locally here either.
Op better run and not hesitate and get that one if not sold out yet . Intel Core i3-3210 LGA1155 at $61.00 price would be real decent also especially at that price ! none of those here either!

ofc i3 and i5 have HD video also just get an HDMI MB 1156/1155 MB should have HDMI anyway. either will smoke an same price AMD
Edited by tubetwister - 10/25/13 at 1:28am
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