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 Post subject: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:25 am 
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Hey guys!
I'm running MaxPC's July 2010 Ultimate 3D HTPC with the addition of a Corsair GT 120 SSD for the OS drive and Windows 8.1. It serves my gaming and media needs well so far, but I would like to look into upgrading it's parts a bit, similar to the "Operation Upgrade" feature from July 2012. Anyone have any recommendations?


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:13 am 
Smithfield
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Well let's start with the most important question: how much can you spend?


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:28 am 
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How much can I spend? A lot. But for the purposes of a price range, let's say I don't want to spend more than 1000 or the cost of building it initially. I figure that's a good indicator of when upgrading is not worth the price of a new rig.


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:12 am 
Smithfield
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You should just build new. If you built the PC to the specifications plus the SSD, it's horribly outdated. If you want to keep the case though, it'd just be like building new, without a case.


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:31 am 
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In that case, what do you think is the way to go in terms of components? Should I be looking in the "best of the best" section or elsewhere?
I have a feeling the parts are selected for a specific purpose, otherwise MaxPC would use the same parts for all their builds


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:41 pm 
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OK so I've done some looking around, here's what I'm thinking. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share

Case: Same, Silverstone Grandia GD05
PSU: Corsair RM750 750W (http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professio ... B0090I9W66)
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
CPU: Intel 3.5GHz Core i7-4770K (http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-4770K-Qu ... KQBR5TGY5J)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance ... QBR5TGY5J_
Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100i (http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Ex ... KQBR5TGY5J)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX780 (http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX7 ... B00CUIVSNS)
Soundcard: Same, AuzenTech X-Fi Home Theater
HDD: Same, Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green
SSD: Same, Corsair GT 120
ODD: Samsung DVD-Writer Optical Drives 14700365 SHB123L/RSBP (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00446 ... UTF8&psc=1)

The basic goal here is I want the system to be just as adept at playing movie files and blurays as it is now (or I suppose, would've been when the build wasn't outdated) as well as be able to handle my gaming needs (I game through Steam, the usual suspects like COD and such mostly. I suppose the system's newest tests will be Arkham Knight and Wolfenstein The New Order later this year).

Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:52 pm 
Smithfield
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PSU: Get a 500W-600W 80PLUS Bronze at the minimum, if you want to save some money.
Motherboard: Your case is a MicroATX case, you need a MicroATX size or smaller motherboard.
CPU: Get a Core i5-4670K if you're going to overclock. i5-4570 otherwise. The performance difference between the i5 and i7 does not its justify cost difference.
GPU: If the highest resolution you're aiming at is 1080p, a GTX 770 is a better deal.
Cooler: You can't fit a H100i in the case. The most you can fit is an H80i, and even that's a tight fit that'll make me worry. Live with the stock cooler and take measurements of how much clearance you have and find a cooler that'll fit if you still want something.


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:46 pm 
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That all looks good to me, and totaling it up, looks like it'll fit my price range as well!
I did some research on the MoBo, and it looks like this ASUS Q87M-E LGA 1150 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131988) is the one to go with. Also, I think I'll give this Phanteks cooler (http://www.ebay.com/itm/301121550956?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT) a shot, as it made the Best of the Best list and looks to be about the size of the Silverstone I'm rocking now.

Thanks for all the help you've given me on this thing (all the various threads), I really appreciate it!


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:49 pm 
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Before you commit to the cooler, find out its dimensions and measure that against the top of the CPU to the case edge.


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 Post subject: Re: Operation Upgrade: Ultimate 3D HTPC edition
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:26 pm 
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Good call. Looks like both of the Best of the Best will be too tall, but this Silverstone NT06-E looks like it's short enough, and given my like of the previous Silverstone in the build, I think I'll go with it.


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