I've finally taken the plunge and I'm upgrading my HTPC. I had been planning on ordering most of it on NewEgg, but the CPU and Memory I was going to order went OUT OF STOCK
Anyway, luckily Amazon dropped the price of the CPU to match what NewEgg had been selling, and I ordered it from them this morning. I also ended up ordering a slightly more expensive memory bundle than I had planned, but hopefully it'll pay off.
- GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
(the one Assassin recommended on the first page) - NewEgg, $114.99Memory
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXM
, NewEgg, $89.99CPU
- Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
, Amazon, $219.99OS SSD Drive
- Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
, Amazon, $108.99
Everything except for the fans (more on that below) I was able to get free 2 day shipping on via my Amazon Prime membership, or the trial with NewEgg's Shoprunner membership (will cancel after I get my stuff)
I'm keeping my existing 500 GB SATA 2 drive and I'm going to convert it to a drive for the DVR aspect of my HTPC, at least until the price of HDDs comes back from the insane.
I also ordered two Noctua NF-P12 120 x 25mm PWM Fan's
from FrozenCPU to add to my existing Zalman HD503
case. This should help cool my Ceton InfiniTV 4
, which can get rather hot when multiple tuners are running. I want to replace the back two 80mm fans with the NF-R8 PWM fans, but no one is carrying them in the US yet, as they just came out last week. For now, the Zalman fans are fine, and they are pretty quiet.
All this should be a nice step up from my Core2 E7400 setup that is about 3 years old at this point. I think the board was having problems keeping up with the InfiniTV that I purchased in October, so this was the real impetus for the new build. I don't think I'll need to worry about upgrading for while now.