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66 months ago

I'm back at it again, would really like some input from you guys. The budget this time is between $300-$500 CDN (before 13% taxes).

I am torn between a very small form factor HTPC, or a mid level gaming rig. I do have an R9 270X on hand that has no use, so no need for a GPU. Obviously, if an HTPC is chosen the GPU will be saved for another day. Most of my builds have been with the AMD FX series (FX4100 through 8320) so I would like to steer away from those if possible to change it up a bit. Considering either the i5 4430/4440 or an A8/A10/Athlon 5000 depending on which way the build goes. This is what I have come up with so far:

Gaming:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $202.89 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard MSI H87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $74.99 @ Memory Express
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ DirectCanada
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Canada Computers
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $16.79 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $524.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 01:25 EDT-0400

HTPC (Expensive):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $137.99 @ NCIX
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $98.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $89.83 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ DirectCanada
Case Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case $49.99 @ Memory Express
Power Supply Silverstone 300W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply $49.30 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $486.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 01:33 EDT-0400

HTPC (Cheap):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor $64.99 @ NCIX
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard $39.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $84.77 @ DirectCanada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ DirectCanada
Case Apex DS-539 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply $79.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $16.79 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $346.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 01:39 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, for the gaming rig, this could be another way to go.

With a solid overclocking this should be be a fairly good gaming pc for the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.98 @ Newegg Canada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.79 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $81.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Memory Express
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ DirectCanada
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ NCIX
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $16.79 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $527.50
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 07:23 EDT-0400
  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been considering doing a Athlon X4 build for some time, but I usually purchase locally and no one around town keeps them in stock. Seriously considering it for the next build.

Ended up going with something similar to the i5 build posted up top.

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