OK, I've been thinking... Upgrade!
OK, I'm pretty sure what I want CPU wise, and any decent name brand ram will do what I need for this upgrade, but I need a quality mobo and a decent video card to stick in my current mobo/ram/cpu when I upgrade my POS ATOM230 that has found a home as a weak ass home theatre rather than the file server I originally built it for. I'm going for a 3770K upgrade to my current main system and a replacing my Atom 230 with my current system. (Mobo/cpu/ram anyway)
Mobo Req. Useable PCI slot is a MUST, this old XFi XM is still doing fine for me, at least dual x8 PCI slots would be nice, just in case I feel like suffering through SLi or Crossfire again, dual wired LAN has been handy, wireless... I DGAF. Audio options and other useless crap... need not apply. Black and Red colour scheme would rock, RoG are too pricey though. Say $250 max... No MATX, that will just look silly in a EATX case.
New Video Card to go with a Q6600/P5Q deluxe req. HD1080p playback minimum, I'm pretty sure the onboard audio can handle that part. Cheap as possble will do the job here, passively cooled would do better.
Oh, and I need a decent cooling solution as well., for a 3770K... Air only.
You want the video card for the Q6600 solely for video playback (no gaming)? Budget for the cooler?
Maybe one of these for the motherboard? Hits all your points...
Newegg.ca - ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.ca - ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video card, GT210 or GT430 from whatever brand you want. There's passive and active models.
Why air cooling? You could get an AIO watercooler for roughly the same price and typically better performance with less space.
Realistically any new GPU will push video fine at 1080p. A budget hd6450 is probably only $20-40, but its not going to give you much headroom for anything else. There are plenty of those that are passively cooled. As soon as you want something better than that, that is passive, you are looking at a premium.
Newegg has a passive hd 6670 with ddr5 for $85.
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (100326UL)
You can get actively cooled (but still quiet) hd 6670 for ~$60 after MIR.
If you want up to date passively cooled card this is the best deal I could find (HD7750 passive for $100 and a $10 MIR to make it $90).
HIS Radeon HD 7750 iSilence 5 1GB PCI-E w/ Passive Cooler, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express
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