Originally Posted by sgbroimp
Fair point. I won't say money is no object, but I am not looking to pinch pennies by any means either. If it were a car, I don't need a Mercedes, but want at least a decent Audi/BMW build.
Originally Posted by sgbroimp
Good stuff. Much appreciate! I was thinking the 4670 actually, a Haswell. Maybe a half step better than the 3570?
For the SSD, 256 seems like an Audi RS5, when a straight S5(128) is pretty powerful for our roads. Is there a good reason to go that high?
Since the CPU has onboard graphics, any need to add the graphics card right now? By waiting until actually needed, more mature products might be available(?). Or is there a good reason to add that at the beginning?
No comments on rest - makes good sense.
Good questions. I put the 3570K as a baseline. If you get a great deal on it then you can't go wrong. But if you can get Haswell for a few bucks more, then sure why not?
SSD is more futureproofing in a sense. I'd say 120GB would be the minimum for an SSD. The Windows folder on C:\ can get over 30GB over time. But again, it really depends what you use it for. I personally get by without an SSD for my HTPC and I don't even notice it to be honest with you. I only use it for my gaming PC because that's where there is a lot of loading. My HTPC is mainly open XBMC, select file, and hit play. That's where it loads off the storage drives which certainly aren't SSDs.
I personally avoid Intel iGPUs because of their broken Quantization Range Setting (see here
). Can you get around it? Yeah but not without it being a major PITA where Hex Editing is required.
That and it also depends on what you want to do with your HTPC. If you're happy with XBMC with DXVA decoding, then any GPU is pretty much fine. But if you want use MadVR upscaling with Jinc 3/AR enabled for both Chroma and Luma (with DX11 dithering) that's where it gets more complicated. Or maybe you want to use NNEDi3. Is it worth it? The differences are very minor compared to the dollars required so that's something you have to decide for yourself.
I personally use a GTS 450. The Nvidia drivers allow me to alter the pixel clock on my GPU to get virtually perfect 23.976hz output (which is EXTREMELY important to HTPCs). It also lets me use MadVR with Jinc 3/AR for both Luma/Chroma, and Option 2 dithering with colored noise and hiding of dither patterns. I paid $60 for my GPU nearly 4 years ago. And it's basically an overclocked 9800GTX from 2009. PQ is fantastic and the value is unbeatable. Someone might argue a GT 430 is also fine and they'd be right. But having a little headroom is always good because it gives flexibility in tweaking.
So you can see my setup is extremely modest but it gets the job done with zero lag or frustration.
All in all, it highly depends on what you want to do. I myself am a bang for buck kind of guy. Getting back to the Audi comparison, I'm the kind of guy that would buy a nice Jetta as a compromise because it gives me the most value per dollar.