My Intended HTPC Config any Opinions to impro

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November 10, 2009 at 14:00:33
Specs: Windows Vista 64 Home Premium, Phenon 2.2ghz 4gb
Hello
I intend on building a HTPC that will also be used for playing games.
I am on a fairly low budget £300 to £350
I wanted a nice mATX case so I am looking on a silverstone grandia GD02 silver.
Will be using onboard graphics untill I can afford a good ATI graphics card.

My intended system will be:
Silvertone Grandia GD02 silver (£100)
Win Power 800w PSU (£30)
Biostar motherboard mATX TA790GX-XE (£70)
Western Digital 1tb Caviar Black SATA (£60)
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition (£75)
2x 1GB Geil 800mhz DDR2 (purchased)
SONY DVD RE-WRITER SATA (purchased)


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#1
November 10, 2009 at 14:47:38
You didn't list a CPU cooler.

If you are on a budget why spend so much on the case?

Not sure about the PSU. Sounds like it may be a crummy unit.

Are you sure that MB will support that chip?

IMO a better choice would be this board and DDR3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

That board is a full ATX though.


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#2
November 10, 2009 at 17:00:14
http://www.popularmechanics.com/tec...

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#3
November 11, 2009 at 08:12:28
Will be using stock cooler and yes the win power PSU is very cheap but I think it will work I used one to power another desktop Phenom 9650 quad.
I wanted a silverstone case purely for asthetics. And the fact that it can hold full size graphics cards for future expansion.

The BIOSTAR m/b is one of the higest rated micro atx boards for AMD phenom 2. Based on the latest 790 chipset


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#4
November 11, 2009 at 08:21:19
"I intend on building a HTPC that will also be used for playing games"

If you intend to play games, where's the video card?

I would do things much differently. Like OTH said, why are you spending so much on the case? And you certainly don't need an 800W PSU. I suspect that one is garbage anyway.

Here's a cheap Trendsonic case that comes with a 450W PSU for just £32:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

I wouldn't recommend using the bundled PSU though. Sell it or keep as a spare/backup. You can easily get by with this 400W Corsair unit for £40:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

And here's a cheaper CPU. Athlon II X2 for £48:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

Better/cheaper Gigabyte motherboard for £60:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

And if you want to be able to play games, you're gonna need a video card. Integrated graphics will only get you so far. Take advantage of the Hybrid Crossfire & add a cheap, passively cooled Radeon HD3450 for £21:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

Personally, I would never use a 1TB HDD as my primary drive. IMO, a drive that size should be used for storage. The OS should be run from a smaller, more manageable HDD - 80GB, 160GB, maybe even 250GB.

WDC 160GB HDD for £30:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

WDC 1TB HDD for £60:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

Total is £291. I just saved you close to £40 & you'll have a better system. And if you don't like my idea about the video card & HDD, you can scratch another £51 off the total, bringing it down to about £240.


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#5
November 11, 2009 at 12:45:49
I like the 785g M/B I read some reviews and it is rated very good I will probably choose that model over the biostar.
I should get a better PSU probly an OCZ model stealthx 500w. Corsair 400w seems good however I need more headroom for better graphics in the future.
However I will put up with the intergrated graphics until I afford a really good model ati.
My heart is set on the silverstone case however, I just love the style that will be the feature in my living room.
The cheap trendsonic looks a bit tacky + it won't fit on my hifi rack like the silverstone GD02.
Still un-desided on the CPU, athlon II x2 I think is a bit underpowered phenom II X2 has many more features I have heard you can unlock 2 of the cores somehow + its CPU multiplier is unlocked if i decide to overclock, however it is more expensive.

You said you would never use a 1tb HDD as primary. Please explain why?


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