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Question/opinion about little build

By nooby
Mar 22, 2013
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  1. Hello,
    I want to build a little computer for only one purpose, watching films on my tv, nothing more.
    Now I have a question, does the motherboard "M3N78D FX" support this cpu "AMD Athlon II 270 X2 Dual Core 3.4Ghz", if not which does?

    your opinion is always welcome, because I have little to no experience in making computers.
    I have already a case lying around in my house
    My Max budget 240 euro (311 dollar)

    Regards,
    nooby
     
  2. CCASystems

    CCASystems TS Member

    That CPU will work with the motherboard just fine and the setup in general would be perfect for watching films and television on, as long as you're not looking to stream at max HD (I dunno what the standard is anymore...1080p?) I'd go for a CPU with more cores, however, if it were up to me, as I tend to have other applications running in the background or multitask while I watch shows, etc. Dual core is perfectly fine if this is strictly, as you say, for watching films on your TV. Are there better possible builds? Likely, yes, but this one will get the job done at a price range you're comfortable with. I give it the nod, especially since you can upgrade the processor down the line, up the RAM to 16GB if needed and graphics cards are always swappable.
     
  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    He doesnt need 16GB of RAM for watching movies, plus the X2 is an old Dual Core.
    Plus the motherboard you selected nooby, is not compatible.
    I would say go with these components instead:
    Make sure the case can accommodate a ITX board.
    1)CPU (the integrated GPU is just fine for watching videos): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113288 Sorry wrong link
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282
    If that gets you over your budget, the A4 will do the same thing for $20 less, but has a weaker GPU.
    2) Motherboard: I need to know whether your case supports ITX or micro ITX motherboards before I tell you which to get.
    3) HDD, you will need a high capacity (1TB or so) for storing movies on your HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
    4) PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
    5) RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Dont you need a DVD player? :) ;)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135224
     
  4. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

    JC713
    Thanks for the information about the motherboard and cpu.
    I will take the A6, I know that with the motherboard it will go over the budget, but ok that is no problem.

    My case doesn't support itx, only atx and micro atx.
    About HDD I'm happy with 500gb, because the movie will be deleted after being watched.

    Everything else look fine for me.
     
  5. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    I meant ATX, sorry. As for the motherboard, you need an FM2 motherboard. I would say go with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157333
    As for the HDD, get this 6GB/s one, the 3GB/s one you chose is slow.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
     
  6. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Well, that is the same, I would say go for whatever you like more. If you want a Micro or an ATX, that is your choice. You look at the socket of the CPU, for the APUs (the one you are getting), the socket is FM2. If you are wondering what the difference is between the A55, A75, and A85X chipets, it is just capabilities. The A85X is geared toward gamers, the A55 and A75 are budget chipsets. The A85X allows for better overclocking, more SATA ports I think, etc. Good luck on your build. Remembers, dont install drivers from the CD. Get them online.

    Note: You CPU is unlocked (the K at the end of the CPU means unlocked), this means you can overclock it. If you want to in the future, you can, but you dont need to for watching videos. Also you will need an aftermarket cooler so it doesnt overheat.
     
  8. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks for the help, I will make this computer then.
     
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Good luck.
     
  10. Kunming

    Kunming TS Rookie Posts: 43

    I didn't read all the posts entirely, but just for the record:

    I don't think Windows 7 can even manage 16GB of RAM if you gave
    it to it. Which rules that out of the question. Unless you go for Windows 8.
    If we're even talking Windows at all of course.
     
  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Wrong! Windows 7 Home Premium can take up to 16GB, any more will require Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate.
     
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

  13. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

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  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    To me it sounds like he is not planning on upgrading at all, and even if s/he wanted to add in a lower end discreet GPU and a processor upgrade the antec 380D will have no problem with that.
    So s/he could get the admittedly nice seasonic 520 or the equally usable Antec 380 plus a lot of cookies.
    The Antec 380D doesn't come with a wall outlet cable though.
     
  15. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    True that.
     
  16. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    The corsair builder is an okay power supply, you can step down to the cheaper 430w.
     
  18. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    +1. Good luck on your build.
     
  19. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The problem is the website where I want to buy everything at once, hasn't got corsair psu that is lower on higher

    But ok, I don't go to cry over it.
    So I have everything, now I go to buy it.

    Again thanks for the information and help
     
  20. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    What site are you using? Just curious.
     
  21. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter

  22. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Why dont you buy from Amazon and Newegg, I am pretty sure I got you cheaper prices.
     
  23. nooby

    nooby TS Rookie Topic Starter



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