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    how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:58 am

    ok this topic i will tell you how to build a home thearter pc . i have one right now the only thing missing is the wide screen tv.

    ok there are plenty of places to buy parts i say shop around and get the best deal.
    i buy alot of parts from walmart.com. even before i started to work there you get great prices and site to store is very handy.
    break down of my computer
    haf 932 case from walmart they had a great price on the haf 932 advanced i bought it.
    evga z68 sli motherboard newegg but i think they sold me a faulty one returned it to evga they sent me a new one but it cost me an extra $70.00
    my cpu core i7 sandy bridge 2600k the k stands for unlocked that means you overclock it. this is a very powerful cpu but if you plan to over clock it get yourself a water cooled cpu cooler i suggest the corsair hydro series 100 that why you get the haf 932 case to mount a big radiator for your cpu cooler.]
    my cpu cooler i won in a contest at the evga web site this is a very good air cooled cpu cooler i can overclock my cpu to 4.5ghz with out going over 70c
    everything else is preety general my ram i have 8 gigs fro corsair my power supply is cooler master slient pro 1000 watts . why so high i plant to add to mre gpus to it so thats the reason. my gpu is a nvidia gtx 560 ti this thing makes games look beautiful would like to get two more. i am going to wait to hear about the new 660ti if they ever come out. but with the nvidia gpus you will be able to hook a tv up to your pc thru the hdmi input now try play freelancer with a 50 inch hdtv with a 120 refresh rate winning. just wanted to edit this to tell you the power supply you should buy is a modular power supply only because you can plug in the wires that you need to use to have a nice clean look to the cables. less cables means better air flow into the case and thats the main thing airflow.

    http://www.walmart.com/cp/1073804?povid=cat3951-env201969-moduleA061811-lLinkLHN2Components

    http://www.newegg.com/

    http://www.compusa.com/

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/

    http://www.evga.com/

    http://www.modsrigs.com/detail.aspx?BuildID=29493


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    Re: how to build a htpc

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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:40 pm

    OK, I'll be wanting to know a few things about video cards. What's the right one for my system and how to install it. I'm looking to upgrade from the one I have but, not wanting to spend a lot of money on a new power supply if, I don't have to? I want to be able to play the games  today with less stress on my card. However, I don't see anything here dealing with AMD.

    Right now, this is what I have in the PC I'm gaming with now.

    OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    Version:  6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
    System Model: Gateway FX6860
    System Type: x64-based PC
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
    Turbo Boost & Hyperthreading
    Power: 500 Watt

    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5750 Series GDDR5 1GBVram
    8 GB DDR3 RAM
    AMD 14.12 Omega Drivers

    Monitor: AOC 20" 1600 x 900  16:9


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:06 am

    when i first started down the road of messing with computers i was using nvidia and EVGA my first mother board and embedded gpu were all nvidia and evga. amd has alot of great cards to choose from and your system can handle it. i also hear that with windows 7 you can get a free upgrade to 10
    http://shop.amd.com/en-us/gaming/graphic-card#4092cec5-70d9-430c-996d-d27ae5b3c64d=%7B%22k%22%3A%22%22%7D#Default=%7B%22k%22%3A%22%22%7D here is a list of some cards they also have cards with 8 gigs of vram which is great . with that you will be ready for 4k resolution.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:08 am

    check this video out


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:55 am

    here are another bunch of gpus unlike evga they really dont give you an idea of how much wattage og power supply you need also if you can take a snap shot of your system motherboard and post to phptobucket i can see what kind of slot you have. your system is similar to mine i have a z68 mother board i think your is h67. the problem with the old chips they dont make our motherboards anymore. i wanted to upgrade but it would cost an extra $700.00 cpu, ram, and motherboard.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%2050001315%208000%20600481061%20600473875%20600489223%20600473876%20600531760%20600473877%20600473871&IsNodeId=1&bop=And


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:03 pm

    on a good note with those old cpus we can still knock down a few doors they are power houses the old core i7 cpus    http://valid.x86.fr/kuvynz  yeah we have identical cpu but mine is unlocked so i can overclock something i dont do that often.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:27 am

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202059

    This is the one I've been looking at. It has more positive reviews than some of the other ones I was viewing. However, in order to utilize Crossfire, it will require a 600W power source, sad to say, mine is only 500W. Even so, I'm not going to be using dual monitors right now and I can always upgrade (money allowed) to a better power source at a later date. As for taking a picture of my motherboard, how? If it involves using a camera, I don't have one. Not very photogenic. Laughing I could try to take one with my cell but, Idk how to send one online to an img site? I never use that function. I really don't use it for anything more than calling a taxi when away from the house. :/

    Anyway, I'm strapped for cash and have been saving up for a new card a while now. Like for the past year. I'm really trying to stay under $200 if at all possible and with AMD products.

    Also, I've never OC'd any of my video cards before and couldn't even if, I wanted to, don't know how?

    Here's the info from CPU_Z. Just click on it.



    I really don't know what I should do? The way I see the prices for a lot of these cards, $200 more and I can just buy a new PC with one of these video cards already installed, in most cases.

    Also, I just noticed something odd abut the way CPU_Z detected my CPU. It's showing 1.59GHz and my specs show 3.40GHz, what's that mean?

    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

    I'll review that video, thanks.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:44 pm

    i tell you brother keep an eye on new egg they drop price frequently and you get yourself a decent power supply at a low cost and it makes sense to wait because Amd and Nivdia are always trying to slug it out with cost and quality . so always keep your eyes peeled.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:46 pm

    do you have two PCI Express slots open ? you can get some decent deals on older cards and go sli instead of cross fire.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:19 am

    I'll check again but, I opted out of that card for another one a lot cheaper. This is the one I got instead and saved like $50.00. Plus, I'll get an extra $15.00 rebate. It's ordered so, I'l get it soon.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8689489&tab=7&SRCCODE=WEBLET03ORDER&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-WEBLET03ORDER-_-Deals&utm_source=EML&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=WEBLET03ORDER&cm_lm=universalwars@rocketmail.com

    That video makes it look like simple work to install a card so, I hope I don't screw something, as simple as, that up? Laughing
    If this card doesn't work out in the system I'm putting it in, I got other systems with AMD cards that need upgrades as well.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:31 pm

    this one is nice too evga 960 one of the new gpu nividia is putting out and a lot faster http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487091


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:17 pm

    It's all in and running fine. Can't even hear the fans and some times, I wonder if it's working? Very Happy I got a good PC though. Having to tweak all my games again for the new card.

    Thanks for the help. Cool






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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:02 am

    nice pics what game is that and what card did you get ?


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:58 am

    Thanks.

    Those are of FarCry4. I have it on Steam but, it's an Ubisoft game. It requires you to have their launcher installed. You can't get it from Ubisoft or, Steam, however, if you get it from Steam, you'll still need an Ubisoft account and use their launcher. All Steam does is, sell it to you and link you to Ubisofts' launcher if you want to play it and vice/versa if, you purchase it from Steam. If you purchase it from Ubisoft, you can omit using the Steam app.

    There's not that much difference with this card as was with the other one in graphics, however, this game needs at least 2GB of VRAM and my other one only had 1GB. The game was poorly optimized for many platforms and even players with high-end systems, are having issues with it. Player fixes have been given though. I had to change two values in the games' files and now, the game is running fine. That's even with this new card installed. I was still having issues after I got it. I still had to look for a fix. Mad

    It's a great looking game, that's for sure.









    If you have a Steam account, it's best to wait for one of their sales to get it, that's what I did. I got both, the Season Pass & the game for the price of the game alone.


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by rsabatino on Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:29 am

    that is some really nice pics I will look into far cry when it is on sake. right now I am into starpoint Gemini 2


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    Re: how to build a htpc

    Post by [UW]HunterKiller on Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:34 am

    Yeah, it's a beautiful game. In these screens, I had. 'Volumetric Fog' enabled. I have some other screens with it disabled. They look better.






    I've been taking a look at some of my other, XP version, PC's and am thinking about upgrading one them. However, I think it would have to be a complete overhaul altogether. I'll keep my eye out on NewEgg.


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