I built my parents a cheap HTPC they have enjoyed for the last year. The current machine is:
Asrock Z68 mobo
120GB vertex 3 SSD
4TB Seagate storage (old 5 platter version)
8GB ddr3 1600mhz.
Crappy desktop case and PSU.
I'm in process of rebuilding it mostly because my dad has a new EPSON 1080p projector that does 3D with glasses and he's interested in using it.
I'm torn on what to do or how to do it. I could add a GPU card for 3D support, or I could swap put the CPU with a 3D capable CPU. Since its older Z68 I am wondering if I'd have to flash the bios to support ivy bridge ? Worth it over just getting a cheap GPU?
The monkey wrench is that I think I want to change the form factor to a HTPC style component case from the desktop case so my dad can locate it on a shelf with his AVR. (Denon AVR3313IC) (Both are in a laundry closet and hidden).
I'd like a low profile case (height) but that messes up GPU card choices because I need to make sure the GPU fits. Otherwise integrated CPU 3D leaves this as non issue.
Lastly - I'm looking for max value here. My parents are not very discerning about these matters or well educated on differences. The cost and simplicity is paramount.
What's good case and PSU (deals available?)
What's best way to get 3D? GPU card and keep G630 CPU ? Which GPU card ? (No MADVR needed). Or, which high value CPU ?