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My media center build, about to order, can someone help?

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    I just want a few extra opinions to make sure it'll work for my compact, powerful media center/gaming rig.

    I want it to be able to handle Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Counter Strike, Spore and Starcraft 2




    I also want it to work in general.

    Will this be compatible?

    Will the 250w power supply be able to handle it all?



    ASUS EN8600GTS/HTDP/256M GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max MTVHBVMXR USB 2.0 Interface
    AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH4850DOBOX - Retail
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Shuttle SN68SG2 AMD Socket AM2 AMD Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 X2 / Sempron NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Barebone - Retail


    I REALLY like the shuttle case and it has the features for what I want.
  2. kyle2020 Guest

    Why are you trying to get it to run games?
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    Because I like playing games, but don't want to spend 5000$ on a massive overclocking rig.

    I don't mind lower graphics settings and whatnot, but my last custom PC, which was a full tower 3.0ghz beast, heated my tiny 7x8 room to 95 degrees in the winter after being left on for 2 hours.
  4. kyle2020 Guest

    ouch - too hot then. well in answer to your PSU question - i wouldnt risk it, go for a corsair HX520 like i have - modular, cheap and super reliable.
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    But it's the Shuttle form factor.

    This computer is about half the size of your average printer.
  6. kyle2020 Guest

    its tiny then huh? haha. Well if you think the little PSU has the guts to power that rig, then go for it - i just dont want to see you having problems during gaming a month down the line. :ohwell:
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    What kind of problems?

    It's not like I'm trying to run Crysis or anything, I just wanna know if that little PSU can handle those components.
  8. kyle2020 Guest

    exactly - have you used a wattage calculator on the net? Running an 8600 wil probably use around 100W+ as it is, before you even factor in the rest of your components!
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    Ouch! 331 watts!

    Hmm, I guess I could build a different build, but where will I ever find a case that small? Or even near it?
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    That PSU will be fine depending on the make / model.

    Tell us the amps on the 12V rail(s) and we can come up with a better answer. But at peak, that PC shouldnt be using more than 120W of power (providing the PSU outputs ~150W, it should be fine).

    Also, you dont really need 4GB of RAM for a media rig, lol.
  11. kyle2020 Guest

    hmm, where do you live? me and a friend discovered a gorgeous little media center box on ebuyer. (this isnt it but this is nice too, might be too big though) http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135581
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    I multitask like a mofo and run games too.

    I don't know where to find the specifications for Shuttle PSUs, they're not on their site I don't believe.
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    Yeah thats why I said at peak (meaning all your parts running 100%) it shouldnt run more than 120W ;).
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    I wouldn't go for the shuttle...

    You have a great cpu choice, it is a powerful and low on heat and power consumption. Get a 8200 chipset motherboard. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...022 107192530 1071937156&bop=And&Order=RATING

    And a HTPC case: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=690&name=HTPC-Media-Center-Cases

    As for the video card, the 8600gts requires a minimum 350w (at low a 300w, it takes around 70-75w on idle).

    The 9500gt seem to be a good card, lower on power, but better than the 8600gts.
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    :confused: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/geforce8600gts_7.html#sect0

    21W idle, 47W load.

    Coupled with a 45W CPU and that HTPC isnt using much more than 120W load...

    Have I missed something :p? lol
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    350w :ohwell: that cant b right
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    Well the manufacture tends to over state by 50-75w, because every rig is different. And the 8600gts requires external power, so it does draw more 12v juice.
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    Only one suggestion. If it is at all possible couldn't you swap that VC with something like a 9600GSO? I've seen the 768MB model going for really cheap. It would give you an almost 100% percent boost in video performance for maybe 30$ or 40$ more. I for one wish I could get that too. :laugh:

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