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Old November 18, 2010, 10:26 PM
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Default Computer upgrade and HTPC from recycled parts

I'm currently running a q6600 with 6gb of ram, and I'm looking to build an HTPC. I'm thinking I'll reuse the q6600 for my HTPC and some of the ram (sell the 755 mobo/extra ram) and upgrade to an 1156 processor/mobo/ddr3 ram for my main.

I'd like to keep costs as low as possible, and I'd like to overclock whatever 1156 setup I end up with. My main is water cooled, so no problem with heat from the OC. My main is used mostly for gaming and web/application development, which sometimes involves running a virtual machine as well. Some minor editing with photoshop too. I don't have any plans to SLI right now, but I might in the future. I currently have a 1gb 460.

Will the following HTPC setup be able to play HD video without any problems? I won't be getting a bluray, so all video will be stored on the HD, or on a computer on my home network.

Parts for my HTPC:

CPU: q6600 (have)
Ram 2gb (have...and will 2 gb be enough for win7/xbmc, or should I go with 4?)

Mobo: ASUS P5N7A-VM
Newegg.ca - ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Case:
Silverstone Sugo or Silverstone Grandia 05B (depends where the htpc will end up)
NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Black SFF mATX Case 2X5.25 2X3.5INT No PS - SG02B-F In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Grandia GD05B Black HTPC mATX Desktop Case 1X5.25 2X3.5INT 1X2.5INT 3X120MM Fan No PS - GD05B In Canada.

HD:
WD 1TB Blue.

PSU:
Corsair 430CX
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *2 Year Warranty* - CMPSU-430CX In Canada.

After all this is pricematched it comes to about $389. Mobo is hte only thing not coming from NCIX, but there's free shipping, so its not a big deal.

For my new build:
4GB of G.Skill ram
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL In Canada.

CPU:
i3 540 (cheaper than 530 right now), unless there is a good reason to go with another cpu?

Motherboard:
Something in the $150 price range, unless it's overkill. Keep in mind, I would like to OC.
NCIX.com - Buy MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - P55A-G55 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI RAID GBLAN CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard - GA-P55A-UD3 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy MSI P55A-GD65 P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - P55A-GD65 In Canada.

Thanks for any input.
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