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Hi there! First, I'm sorry if I should have posted this in "Build Ready", I really wasn't completely positive if it would apply since specifically I have put together two separate lists of parts for the build, one a little cheaper. Sorry if this was an error on my part, please let me know if I need to fix it or anything. Also it's my first time ever making any sort of real post on Reddit, so please go easy on me :)

This is my very first time building a computer, surprisingly, but they've always been my best friends sad, I know :P, and I am really hoping to get some input on these two build options, as to what would work better for me in my situation, and what would be best overall, and more importantly if there is ANY potential incompatibility or issue that PCPartPicker didn't catch. Also wanted to know if there will be an issue since the motherboards I've picked have a little compatibility note mentioning that there are usb 3.0 headers on them, but there's no usb 3.0 ports on the front panel of the case. I'm assuming it will work anyways, right?

This will be an HTPC that I hope I could upgrade in the future if I can save up for it, if I ever felt like doing so. For the time being I'd just like to have it run XBMC & do a few side tasks while doing that. Most of the parts have the specs I require for my needs, mostly I just needed to know about my CPU choice for both, whether or not I should just spring for the $471 build or the $507 build I put together, and any potential issues involving current parts or future possible issues if I ever upgrade. I originally wanted to be able to game & whatnot, but I'm assuming I can still manage some older games on lower settings using both of these builds & besides, my main computer is built to kill when it comes to graphics & processing, so I can always just play on that. Money is important, I don't have much & I don't have a way to make much (disabled & sick), so every bit I can save means a lot.

I would appreciate any help & advice. However, please don't try to get me to raise my budget, or tell me to use an Intel chip (they are just too expensive for me to be able to meet all my other needs) or change the build completely, as I have spent several days & stressed over working on putting these lists together & I feel I've done a pretty good job, I just really don't want to screw this up.

I also want to thank everyone for running such a great subreddit with great resources & offering advice and help to others, it's people like you who make the internet a better place :)

Ok, here's the cheaper build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.95 @ Directron
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $42.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $53.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Case nMEDIAPC HTPC 8000 HTPC Case $89.99 @ Directron
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $471.33

Here is the second build, which I am leaning more towards:

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $36.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $43.74 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Case nMEDIAPC HTPC 8000 HTPC Case $89.99 @ Directron
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $34.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For $0.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $506.14
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