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Hey,

 

I'm thinking of building a HTPC which will primarily be used for playing games using steams new "Big Screen" feature along with streaming some content maybe some XBMC. So far I've come up with 2 builds one using AMD, the other with Intel.

 

Build #1:

 

CPU: AMD A8-5600K - $110

MotherBoard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 - $60

Video Card: Sapphire 7750 1GB - $100

Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 - $45

PSU: Corsair Builder Series 430W - $45

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB - $25

HDD: Re-Use 500GB

 

TOTAL: $385

 

Build #2

 

CPU: Intel Pentium G840 - $80

MotherBoard: Gigabyte B75M-HD3 - $70

Video Card: Gigabyte 7770 1GB - $120 ** -$20 MIR

Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 - $45

PSU: Corsair Builder Series 430W - $45

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB - $25

HDD: Re-Use 500GB

 

TOTAL: $385 ** $365

 

Any suggestions on how to cut some costs, I'm trying to aim sub $400, but be able to play most current games just above 30fps medium quality or better. That's on either 1680x1050 or 1920x1080.

 

I'm canadian (lol go figure), so if you find any deals remember I'll only be able to access things from Ncix.com / newegg.ca / canadacomputers.com, etc...

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I would vote for 1st proposition because of the presence of hybrid crossfire, which would be slightly better than a single HD7770.

Talking about processor, you can go with any of them.

Otherwise those two configs are almost same. :teehee:

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Does hybrid cross-fire work with the A10-5800K and a 7770? I know the dual graphics thing they are calling it now suggests a 6670 but nothing higher then that.

 

I'm actually thinking of going with a A10-5800K for now without a video card, and just using it with the IGP, since it seems to handle some games fine around 25-35 FPS on medium graphics, then upgrade to a new video card down the road a bit.

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If you don't mind used parts.........

 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Phenom-II-x4-965-black-edition-3-4Ghz-CPU-MSI-870A-G54-Motherboard-Combo-/110986158609?pt=CPUs&hash=item19d74a6211

 

Gaming gold right here. So long as it doesn't turn into a bidding ware, I say throw a SSD, HDD, PSU, and a video card at it with the remainder of your money

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Another question what would produce a better experience (gaming) going with a A10-5800K and using just it without a GPU or getting like a Intel G550 + 7750, price for both around $150 (the A10-5800k, is about $140 but waiting on some sales). Cause I was wondering if I could push the price down to like $310-330.

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Another question what would produce a better experience (gaming) going with a A10-5800K and using just it without a GPU or getting like a Intel G550 + 7750, price for both around $150 (the A10-5800k, is about $140 but waiting on some sales). Cause I was wondering if I could push the price down to like $310-330.

 

It mainly depends on the type of games you want to play and at what resolution.

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Oh thanks for that link! heh, not overly ready to start buying but for that price I might just pull the trigger. ** Actually edit, doesn't ship to canada :(

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Does hybrid cross-fire work with the A10-5800K and a 7770? I know the dual graphics thing they are calling it now suggests a 6670 but nothing higher then that.

 

Hybrid crossfire should work..

And A10-5800K have 7600D in it, not a 6 series GPU. :P

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Hybrid crossfire should work..

And A10-5800K have 7600D in it, not a 6 series GPU. :P

 

Uhhh... No they wont.

 

The 7xxxD iGPUs are based on VLIW4 architecture (69xx series) while 7xxx series are based on GCN..

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Hybrid crossfire should work..

And A10-5800K have 7600D in it, not a 6 series GPU. :P

 

The highest support for Hybrid Crossfire is the 6670. Anything past that will NOT work for the Hybrid. However a 6670 with the Hybrid is faster than a 7770 if the game supports crossfire.

 

With building this as a pure gaming mahcine I understand keeping the budget low but with the builds you are suggesting I would shoot for playing at 720 and getting higher levels of detail.

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I've actually found a person selling the following stuff all for under the price of the A10-5800K,

 

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 565 BE

Mobo: Some biostar AM3

Video Card: AMD 5770

RAM: 8GB of DDR3

 

So I'm gonna be using that, for now which should be pretty decent. Saves me almost $100 and I think the 5770 seems pretty decent.

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