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
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Silverstone Sugo or Silverstone Grandia 05B (depends where the htpc will end up)
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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
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i3 540 (cheaper than 530 right now), unless there is a good reason to go with another cpu?
Something in the $150 price range, unless it's overkill. Keep in mind, I would like to OC.
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Thanks for any input.
Nah, go with 4, I did almost exactly what you did and was told 2GB will not be enough for Win7.
Good choice on the new RAM, and I suppose that CPU should be good (OC IT!) What's your price range?
Alright, I'll be going with 4gb then. Thanks.
Overall price range, I'm hoping to be under or around $650 before tax. But if theres really good reason to spend more, I'd consider it.
The new parts I need for the HTP should cost roughly $300 (65 for case, 60 for HD, 45 for PSU, 130 for mobo)
For the upgrades for my main, I'll be looking at another $300-350.
150 for a mobo (recommendations are welcome...not sure what the best for OCing is at that range.)
120 for cpu if i get i3 540. Is there any value in getting an i5, or will a well oc'd i3 be good?
60 bucks or so for 4gb of ram.
Why buy a new motherboard for the HTPC? Is the one you have currently broken? If not, I say just re-use it and toss a cheap GPU in there like a HD4350 or GT210.
First board instinct would be the Sabertooth 55i. DOn't know if that's too much.
This guy here is on sale for a good price.
Or maybe this
Definitely get G.SKILL RAM at that price.
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