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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??


Best Regards,

Soren
 

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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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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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Soren
 

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Originally Posted by SteelWill  /t/1419903/help-building-a-budget-gaming-htpc#post_22219526


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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