Custom AMD HTPC Build with Gaming Capabilities for Under $500

Welcome to another edition of a guide series that covers the components required to build a HTPC with a specific objective in mind.

This week, we present an AMD based HTPC build with gaming capabilities for under $500.00.

Objective: Our goal today is to build a custom AMD HTPC build with gaming capabilities for under $500.00

Components required:

  • Case
  • Motherboard
  • Storage
  • Processor
  • Ram
  • Video Card
  • Power supply
  • Cooling

  • No Operating System
  • No Optical Drives
  • No Cables, No thermal compound etc.







Case: Shuttle SA76R4 AMD 760 w/250 PSU


Motherboard: Included with barebones case


Storage: Western Digital 1 TB 7200 RPM


Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 260 3.2 Ghz


Ram: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB)


Video Card:  XFX AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB


PSU:  Included with barebones case


Cooling:  Included with barebones case



 Total Price: $493.64


Points to make:

  • Money is saved by purchasing an energy efficient processor (65w). If you’re looking for a bit more juice go with an AMD Phenom Quad-core AM3 Processor, but that will run you upwards of $50 bucks more. Make sure to get a processor with only 95w power consumption due to PSU limitations.
  • Amazing single slot solution video card by XFX really turns this HTPC build into a low-mid range gaming rig.
  • Optical drive might be required for game installation/loading operating system. ASUS makes a great economical drive for under $25 bucks. Keep in mind most games are now available via digital download.

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