Harvesting an ITX MoBo and i5 2300 for a new build.
So I'm about to scrap my until now trusty i3-550.
I have this bare bones not being used. It has the i5 2300 indicated in the title on a Micro ITX board. I'm thinking of harvesting it and putting it in my current HTPC case. I can see the CPU cooler won't fit. I'll be adding my HD7850 GPU too.
Don't see why you would need a faster processor in your HTPC unless you are using it for gaming or something else, your current processor is more than enough for that duty. If you are currently having issues with streaming stuff then I'd be looking at the OS or network first.
Make something idiot-proof, and they will build a better idiot
It should work fine. Did you have a specific concern ?
H67 motherboard right ? With a 2300 i5 ? Should work great. Obviously it should fit fine. Use the normal intel cooler from the old HTPC if you must. Just test it works and that is not what was wrong with the old one
If you had to buy a $15 CPU fan, I guess worse things have happened to people anyways
So if I understand you want to swap motherboards right ? I give you permission to carry on.
"Too much is almost enough. Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards."
Yeah. I haven't had time to get that old i3 working although I have had it boot and then not boot. Something is obviously wrong with it somehow.
I will probably put this i5 Sandy in my new case and put it in the MasterBedroom, then continue to use my existing Antec NSK1380 for the main HTPC build with that new Devil's Canyon i5-4690k on the Gigabyte GA Z97 MX Gaming 5 that is still in the box.
I already told my fiance' that this next weekend is all mine for getting this dealt with. We'll see how that goes, right?
An i5 2300 on an H67 board with an HD7850 is pretty competent platform for HTPC use, particularly for secondary HTPC duties.
My primary HTPC is an i3 530 on an intel H55 board which I just recently updated the GPU to an EVGA 750 Ti. I have it set to Jinc for madVR chroma and pixel scaling. The 750Ti is a very quick HTPC GPU and it would perform even better on an H67.
My primary personal workstation is an i3 2100 with a GT 545 nowhere near the graphic horsepower of the 750Ti. This box is running an H67 Intel board. It is more than adequate for most HTPC tasks. I had matching GT 545s in both the Clarksdale and Sandy Bridge systems and the GT 545 performed markedly better on the Sandy Bridge. Leads me to conclude the H55 PCIe bus is not very well optimized. On the Sandy Bridge workstation I often have cable tv news running in a WMC window while doing all my other PC tasks with no slowdown at all. In fact I have an HP extender keyed to this box as well and I don't sense any slowdown from the extra load.
While newer intel stuff has many advantages the Sandy Bridge stuff is plenty quick and energy efficient. An i5 2300 with a mid-level discrete GPU is in my opinion more than adequate to handle all but heaviest HTPC work loads. I have another i3 2100 box with a Ceton in it, that I am going to consider repurposing. It is avaliable as it looks like I am going to end up using SiliconDust stuff exclusively. I will probably install an SSD, and a GT 750Ti in an appropriate case and make it my primary HTPC in the next couple of months. I have and HD7790 floating around here but the performance and energy consumption of the 750Ti is pretty much unmatched it its class. Bothe he HD7790 and the 750Ti are a healthy GPUs but not up to 7850 performance.
Personally while I really like what madVR does, I don't see its value unless you are using a really big display. I only use madVR day to day on my primary HTPC which is feeding my 92" Mitsubishi DLP.