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Old Aug 3, 2007, 03:48 AM   #1
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I have been contemplating on updating some of the stuff for the HTPC in my sig and sell some of the old stuff to my Dad. The plan is not definite and I'll only proceed if I don't have to spend too much (net after sales proceeds receivable from Dad). I'm thinking of replacing:
  • CPU: Opteron 185
  • Mobo: DFI LanParty CFX3200
  • RAM: 2GB Mushkin Redline XP4000
  • GPU: X1900 XT 512MB
  • HD: WD 80GB x 2
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  • CPU: C2Q Q6600 (maybe a C2D if everything adds up to be too much)
  • Mobo: This is where I most need some recommendations. My requirements are: solid, Intel chipset, excellent onboard sound for music / movie, no need for Crossfire, no need for crazy overclocking, and preferably not cost an arm and a leg
  • RAM: 2GB G. Skill PC2-6400 (currently in my gaming rig waiting to be replaced by 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400)
  • GPU: HIS Radeon HD2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 256MB (w/ UVD for hardware HD decode)
  • HD: Seagate 7200.10 250GB

I'll keep the rest of the stuff in the HTPC which I use for (in order of importance) (i) music listening, (ii) watching DVD (no BD or HD-DVD in the immediate future), and (iii) web surfing for friends. I won't be playing games or recording stuff on the HTPC at all. Also, I'll probably use Vista Home Premium on the updated HTPC and that's why I'm ditching the X-Fi. I'm still trying to decide whether I should get something like the AuzenTech X-Meridian or just use the onboard sound.

I’d be great if you guys can share your thoughts on this. Thanks.
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Old Aug 3, 2007, 04:47 AM   #2
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i have an Auzentech X-Mystique i'll trade you for your Xfi. its new in box, only opened to check package contents.

so if i read right your gonna stick an quad core in an HTPC that you dont intend to record or encode with? go with a cheap C2D 4300, maybe put a slight OC on it, and it should do you fine i'd think.. if not someones got a 2ghz conroe C2D for sale in the Deals section here on the forum.

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Old Aug 3, 2007, 05:03 AM   #3
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Folding with Q6600 FTW! Maybe like you've said, I should just get a E4300 and be done with it. I guess I don't really need two supercomputers folding away at home. The electricity bill would probably be quite scary!

Your trade sounds interesting and I would give it a thought (if I would for sure proceed with the plan). I live in Hong Kong though so I'm not sure if this would work out for us.

edit: The price premium of Q6600 over E4300 is around $160 over here which makes the Q6600 very tempting IMO. But then, that amount of money can be invested in a very nice sound card too...
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Old Aug 3, 2007, 08:18 AM   #4
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Ok, sorry for the waste of electrons. I just had dinner with my dad and he's already asked (w/o consulting me first) some other dude to build him a P4 with 512MB of RAM for like $384. I've worked out that he needs to pay about $700 for a complete rig with an Opty 185 and 2GB of RAM. Oh well...

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P4 sux. I deal with it every day at work. Seriously the most under powered piece of **** processor I've ever had the displeasure of using.
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P4 sux. I deal with it every day at work. Seriously the most under powered piece of **** processor I've ever had the displeasure of using.
I know man. I had the displeasure of using a P4 2.4C @ 3GHz for a period of about 3 years when everyone was pimping A64's.
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