Budget HTPC build

By fimbles
Sep 2, 2013
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  1. My brother has asked me to build him a budget htpc.

    He has already picked up a Silverstone LC10 case, I have an old 800 watt atx cheapo brand psu spare,

    I am looking for a mobo, cpu, and ram bundle, for around £150.

    I was looking at this, but to be honest im not to up on apus:
    http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-a...5600k---4gb-xms-memory--8R0F.html?q=a8&src=16

    This pc is for playing world of tanks, and other similar games at 1080p.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated :)
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +495

    Try these components (I did amazon UK so if im incorrect on region sorry)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
    MSI FM2 A55

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
    Corsair Vengeance 1600 4gb stick (You can always add more later)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
    A10-6700

    This processor has a better GPU and will give more than enough performance over the 5600
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  3. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,230   +119

  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +495

    Yes, that's the upper version of the same processor. The main difference between the 2 (Being the one I suggested and this one) is the clock speed is slightly higher, support for DDR3 2133mhz ram, and an unlocked multiplier. If will be the best for the FM2 socket at the moment.

    Also, the APU's from AMD use the DDR3 for the on board GPU, so the faster the memory is, the faster the GPU will run. Though 1600 will be fine for this budget and build, you can also upgrade later if it becomes a problem.
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  5. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,230   +119

    Thanks for the great advice.

    I think he is going for the 6800, As its strangely cheaper than the 6700, Ill be going for the mobo and ram you linked.

    Ill try and post a picture when its complete.

    Ps: thanks for the info regarding memory/ gpu speed, I learn something new every day :)
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +495

    Its only accounted for so much when the GPU is on board the CPU, thats because the CPU then siphons off the ram to use on the GPU, in which case then the better the ram is, the better the overall GPU performance is. 1600 is good on a budget, but if later you want a quick boost, you might go for some 8gb of 2133 ram to really kick it up.

    However it wont be like night and day difference, but there would be a difference.
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  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

    What's your bro going to use this HTPC on, may I ask? I can't send you PM.
  8. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,230   +119

    This pc is for playing world of tanks, and other similar games at 1080p.

    Big Tv :)
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

    So it's a gaming box? I assumed HTPC-duties because of the title. :p
  10. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,230   +119

    Pc is finished and working great.

    Can not believe the performance from the A10-6800k

    Much much better framerates in games than I was expecting.

    Thank you very much for the great advice ghostryder!
  11. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +495

    My Pleasure
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    A lot of people doubt the power of the 6800k and the APU line. They are pretty good chips especially considering the money. Its a good processor and a good GPU that I like to recommend to people because it surprises them how well it does without the need for an independent GPU.

    Happy computing!
     


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