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Old January 19, 2014, 03:09 PM
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Now that I have my new build, I'm going to turn my old one into a HTPC. I don't think I'll need to do any upgrades at all since it's still a pretty killer rig. The only thing that I might add to it is a SSD to help it boot up faster. Any recommendations? I'm currently looking at Samsung 840 EVO (120GB), Intel 530 series (120GB), and Kingston SSDNow V300 (256GB). I think 120GB will be enough since I'll have fewer apps installed on it after I've reformatted it (before format it's sitting at 87GB with Win 7, lots of apps including photoshop installed).

Aside from the SSD, is there any changes you guys would make? See my sig for old build system spec.

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Old January 19, 2014, 03:14 PM
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The Intel has the best reliability.
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Old January 19, 2014, 03:18 PM
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The Intel has the best reliability.
So in your opinion, is it worth it? My current 640GB Caviar Black can boot up pretty fast on a fresh install of windows and with only a few apps installed, I'd say between 50-80 seconds depending on how many apps I have. How much of an improvement can I expect if I just have Win 7, XBMC, MPC-HC, Office, Firefox and perhaps a couple others installed?
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Old January 19, 2014, 03:31 PM
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Going from any HD to an SSD is such a change.

Under 30 seconds from power on to to good to go in my experience.
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The old computer is still very solid (if anything it might be overkill as an HTPC....unless you plan to do gaming on it as well). To add an SSD or not is really your call. Will the improved boot and application launch time affect any of your planned uses for it as an HTPC? If so and you have the money then go for it and add the SSD. If its only going to see basic use and/or money is a concern, then consider saving the cash.
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Old January 19, 2014, 08:40 PM
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The old computer is still very solid (if anything it might be overkill as an HTPC....unless you plan to do gaming on it as well). To add an SSD or not is really your call. Will the improved boot and application launch time affect any of your planned uses for it as an HTPC? If so and you have the money then go for it and add the SSD. If its only going to see basic use and/or money is a concern, then consider saving the cash.
Yeah that's pretty much my dilemma right now. The computer can still boot up pretty fast so long as I don't load a bunch of apps. The only problem right now is that I haven't nailed down exactly how many apps I will eventually load. Also I'm not very familiar with XBMC at the moment and on how much it would benefit from loading from a SSD.

Since the Intel is sort of on sale at the moment I might just grab one and test it out.
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How often are you going to be booting this HTPC, that is the question.

If it's maybe once a day, I wouldn't bother. If it's a few times, then maybe.

For an HTPC build you'd be better off spending the money making it quieter, not faster.

Of course, an SSD would eliminate hard drive seek noise, so...
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My current HTPC setup is i5 750, 8gb of ram, 80gb Intel SSD, 2 external usb drives hooked up to a 46" lcd tv through a Onkyo receiver with 2 Nuance Towers, 2 Nuance satellites, and a nuance center channel.

The HTPC has a blu-ray drive so I can watch movies if I want and runs Windows 7 using XBMC as players for media and PowerDVD for blu-rays.

Is it overpowered? Yup. Does it work? Very well.
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My current HTPC setup is i5 750, 8gb of ram, 80gb Intel SSD, 2 external usb drives hooked up to a 46" lcd tv through a Onkyo receiver with 2 Nuance Towers, 2 Nuance satellites, and a nuance center channel.

The HTPC has a blu-ray drive so I can watch movies if I want and runs Windows 7 using XBMC as players for media and PowerDVD for blu-rays.

Is it overpowered? Yup. Does it work? Very well.
I think I might go ahead and install a SSD. At the very least it'll make installing/updating Windows 7 a breeze. And who knows, if I can spare 60GB out of that 120, I may use it as a cache to speed up the Caviar Black 2TB I'm leaving in the build.
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To be honest the 2 reasons I put a SSD into my system was for loading/boot times and quietness. Otherwise it wouldn't matter.
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