New Htpc/light Gaming Build
Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:57 PM
Option 1 (old cheap CPU): E5500, GTX460 1GB
Option 2 (new CPU): Core i5-2500K, iGPU
Surprisingly these 2 builds do come out roughly equal in price since sandy bridge requires a more expensive mobo and CPU (using the est. $120 mobo and $200 cpu) while the Wolfdale build requires a more expensive PSU and GPU, and everything else is about the same.
I plan on using the PC hooked up over HDMI to my TV to play 1080p x264 videos, doing some very light gaming (e.g. starcraft 2 is about it), and perhaps some light video editing. I believe both should serve my purposes, but not too sure which will serve them BETTER.
Any insights as to which is better for my purposes? I know the second option will be more upgradable, but honestly considering how often I upgrade I don't think that really will make any difference. What I buy now is probably going to be it until I redo everything.
Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:07 PM
Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:28 PM
Do you know how a AMD Phenom II X3 715 Black Edition would compare to the E5500? It looks like I could get a mobo+cpu for the same price.
Also how would this AMD system with the GTX460 compare to sandy bridge?
Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:10 AM
The Phenom II X3 715 looks like a very solid CPU. Any decent dedicated GPU will destroy an integrated one.
What kind of budget are you looking at? I can cook up some builds and see what your options are.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:05 AM
I also looked around a bit - it looks like if I do go with an AMD build better to get an ATI based card as they seem to play nicer than with Nvidia (probably because AMD/ATI are the same company). What's also nice with ATI is many more of their cards seem to have HDMI out and HD audio bit-streaming, which are essential for my HTPC use.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:57 AM
All prices below include shipping.
- Case - nMEDIAPC 1080p - $75
- GPU - Palit GeForce GTS 450 1 GB - $137
- CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE 3.2 GHz (unlockable to an X4 955 BE, a $55 more expensive chip) - $90
- Motherboard - MSI 880GM-E41 - $80
- RAM - Corsair 4 GB (2x2) XMS3 DDR3 1600 - $40
- PSU - 450W ePOWER Supply - $26
Total is $448.
If anyone is interested in the other components of my build, my cooler is about $30, my wireless mouse+keyboard are $60, and my 1TB hard drive is $70 so my total hardware cost if bought from scratch would come to $608. Not bad for a decent HTPC rig that can also handle some light gaming!
I think it will be interesting to compare this to a Sandy Bridge setup with integrated GPU once parts are released, prices are out, and some more benchmarks are up.
Edited by anon123, 31 December 2010 - 06:56 AM.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:45 AM
The build looks great save for the PSU. I'm always wary of cheap PSUs. Mine are usually $80+ for 500W or more. But you can go for it if you like. Just consider the possibility of the cause being your PSU if you ever have problems before assuming it's another part.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:08 PM
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