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Old 03-11-2011, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! I haven't been on here in awhile but my roommate is wanting me to build him a computer. He plans to use it to watch blue-rays and general internet browsing. The main thing is he wants to hook it up to his 37" 780P LCD TV. This build is just for the tower because he already has a mouse and keyboard.

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Case: I have a case that will fit a Micro-ATX MB. Should I use this or upgrade to a mid-tower? The case that I have looks like a gamer cube with 1 80mm intake and 1 120mm exhaust fan. Ideas?
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CPU: I'm thinking AMD for this budget...
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Video Card:
RAM:
Optical Drive: Has to play Blue-Rays
Operating System: Windows 7 cheap
CPU Heatsink:
Fans if needed:

I think this is everything... thanks to all who post a build! Thank you for suggestions!
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-400 400W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - Blu-Ray Drives
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

I decided to go with Intel SB. First, to knock the gpu out of the budget because HD video can easily be played using the integrated graphics in the CPU. I did go with an i3 (didn't know an i3 had hyper-threading?! ...so I guess it's got 4 cores?)...you might consider spending a little more to get an i5 Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400 This build is assuming your case is is suitable. This build will not be good for games...only for HD videos and internet browsing as you put it.
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I would get i3 2100 instead of i3 2120
Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

SB GPU can play HD videos without problem, and in video transcoding it is faster than any other GPU because of the Quick Sync technology that sandybridge GPU use

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Thanks for the builds guys! Night Fox - That MB is out of stock... any other suggestions or does newegg have a good restock on those?
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You can buy this one, but it is slightly more expensive than the MB that Night Fox suggested
Newegg.com - ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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agreed
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What do you guys think of this MB BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5e3dff8534de68
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That would be fine too.
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