• Dad Wants Me to Build a Media Center
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As the title says, my dad has requested that I build a computer for him to store all of his music on and to be able to do some light internet browsing and whatnot. I've been given a budget of $600 to buy parts, and I want to make sure I get the best I can possibly get within that budget. This is the list that I've just come up with, but I'm obviously looking for suggestions to make it better: [img]http://i30.tinypic.com/11kwh6q.jpg[/img] So Facepunch, what can I improve?
How the fuck is that RAM so cheap? Also, Rosewill PSU = get out. I bet I could find a good quiet one.
its only a 2GB kit and look at the 7850BE instead of the 9950
why no gpu`?
Integrated.
This might come in handy for someone! CPU $49.99 AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Dual Core) 2.5Ghz [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103628[/url] Motherboard $74.99>$64.99 after mail-in rebate Gigabyte [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128379[/url] Video Card $119 ATI Radeon 4850 [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150351[/url] RAM $59 GSkill 4GB [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231211[/url] Case $99 Antec (Comes with Antec 500w PSU) [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129024[/url] HDD $69 750GB [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152099[/url] Optical Drive $18 Sony DVD-ROM OEM [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118031[/url] OS Windows Vista Home Premium 64Bit with W7 Upgrade $109 $597 Change anything to suit your need, I think all that will need to be changed is the HDD and GPU unless your Dad will do some light gaming....
[QUOTE=PrismatexV3;15932247]How the fuck is that RAM so cheap? Also, Rosewill PSU = get out. I bet I could find a good quiet one.[/QUOTE] For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies that work great for a less power hungry system.
[url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284[/url] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342[/url] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220396[/url] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118013[/url] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121027[/url] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.207537[/url] 7750+, 4350, 4gb DDR2 800, blu ray drive, HTPC case, 740g
I already have a video card to use, an 8600GT. Is there any reason to go with a dual core instead of a quad core other than that the performance increase is negligible for what the computer will be used for?
[url]http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=78&p2=21[/url] not worth it imo [editline]11:58PM[/editline] you can drop the gpu but a 4350 will do the sound processing (assuming you use hdmi) and video decoding instead of the cpu
Also, this case ([url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121027[/url]) appears to come with a power supply but I've always heard that you should never use the power supplies that come with cases. Am I correct in assuming that if I buy a separate power supply I can just take the cheap one out and replace it with the better one?
I have theat case and psu running fine. no problems with it but the psu is only 270watts
[QUOTE=JohnEdwards;15933995]I have theat case and psu running fine. no problems with it but the psu is only 270watts[/QUOTE] Alright, thank you.
Why the f***are you getting such a strong processor for a computer that wont be used for rendering or gaming? Get a Phenom x4 , its more than enough w that everything else seems to be just fine to me if its not a gaming pc
[QUOTE=ffrasisti;15934467]Why the f***are you getting such a strong processor for a computer that wont be used for rendering or gaming? Get a Phenom x4 , its more than enough w that everything else seems to be just fine to me if its not a gaming pc[/QUOTE] what Don't get a stong cpu get a phenom contradiction much?
[QUOTE=SomeFaggot;15932955]For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies. They stand as the middle ground between corsair and logisys and are great for a less power hungry system.[/QUOTE] Rosewill SUCK. Son, i am disappoint [editline]05:20AM[/editline] [QUOTE=JohnEdwards;15935021]what Don't get a stong cpu get a phenom contradiction much?[/QUOTE] Depends which Phenom, the first version royally sucked, the second version is so much better
[QUOTE=PrismatexV3;15932247] Also, Rosewill PSU = get out. I bet I could find a good quiet one.[/QUOTE] yeah, rosewill PSU's are firecrackers. I learned the hard way :(
I'm pretty sure I have seen 4GB DDR2 kits for around $30. Also going with a "no" on the Rosewill.
[QUOTE=ReznorT;15935051]Rosewill SUCK. Son, i am disappoint [/QUOTE] It really all depends on the OEM of that specific model. Just stick with the better ratings and you will most likely have a higher quality OEM behind it.
[QUOTE=Dank Dave;15932137]So Facepunch, what can I improve?[/QUOTE] Whatever you do keep that DVD drive, Lite-Ons are amazing.
[QUOTE=PrismatexV3;15932247]How the fuck is that RAM so cheap? Also, Rosewill PSU = get out. I bet I could find a good quiet one.[/QUOTE] I use a Rosewill PSU. It's fine. Also, do you want to play Blu-Ray crap?
It IS a media center, I would assume he wants Blu-rays to be playable Rosewill low power PSUs are fine.
My experience with Lite on drives is that have a lot, A LOT, of noise when they spool up to read a dvd. I'd get something better for a media oriented PC. I'd go with an ATI 4550 for a media PC. It's powerful enough to do Blu Ray picture in picture, and it has HDMI output- perfect for a media PC. It'll run cool and with low power requirements. It'll do other basic computer tasks just fine, no gaming though. I'd probably go with an AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor over a 7750/7850(65W vs 95W). For a media PC that's plenty. I'd also probably pair it up with a 780 based board, instead of the 740. My understanding is that 780 is the way to go for AMD based media PCs. I would NOT buy an Audigy SE. If you're going with Creative, the least you'd want is an X-Fi XtremeGamer. Otherwise you'd be better off buying a used real Audigy 2 or preferably an Audigy 4 off ebay. This is if you aren't going to use the HDMI audio off the vidcard. I would not buy a Rosewill PSU. Antec at least, come on! Those are my suggestions.
You should definitely look into mini-itx.
[QUOTE=SomeFaggot;15932955]For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies. They stand as the middle ground between corsair and logisys and are great for a less power hungry system.[/QUOTE] lol'd, have a funny
[QUOTE=Odellus;15949185]lol'd, have a funny[/QUOTE] Thanks, I'll give you a rainbow because you brightened my day. :buddy: [editline]06:53PM[/editline] I fixed it because I realized that phrase called for a comparison of 2 closer things.
I like how it's usually only the owners of a roseshit PSU who defend them
[QUOTE=reapaninja;15950107]I like how it's usually only the owners of a roseshit PSU who defend them[/QUOTE] Possibly because anybody who has not used one would not be able to testify. :downs: "Hey, have you tried X?" "X is shit!" "Why? Have you had a bad experience with them?" "Never tried them lol."
you will want hdmi audio and video for that you should go with the 4350, however i'm not exactly sure whether the 4350 does 2.1 or 5.1 or 7.1 hdmi sound, i've head 2.1 only but i may be wrong here.
[QUOTE=cecilbdemodded;15946152]My experience with Lite on drives is that have a lot, A LOT, of noise when they spool up to read a dvd. I'd get something better for a media oriented PC. [/QUOTE] Also my lite-on drive was broken and scratched up my Windows disc on the first boot after I built it. Just putting that out there, not sure how likely it is.
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