$600 Home Theatre


Nov 8, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Month

Budget Range: $600 (cheaper the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Theatre, possible future upgrades for gaming

Parts Not required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country: USA

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Compatible for future upgrades

Monitor Resolution: 1080 42" TV

Additional Comments: Need to buy Windows 8 in the price


As an alternative to the Tom's Hardware $500 build, I came up with the following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B HTPC Case ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($127.28 @ CompUSA)
Total: $621.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 09:53 EST-0500)

It's built as an HTPC that only needs discrete graphics to become a gaming system.
HTPC case which accepts a full ATX motherboard and full height expansion cards.
Full ATX FM2 motherboard w/ x8/x8 capable crossfire mode.
Power supply is able to handle adding multiple graphic cards.
Windows 8 Professional (which includes Windows Media Center - Regular Windows 8 does not).

-Wolf sends