Originally Posted by mirchiseth
You guys are making me look like a fool with these $300 boxes after I spend $1200+ for my HTPC including Ceton Card. Still good education. Will these babies be enough for running the Ceton card?
Here is my build incase you are curious
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Crucial CT128M4SSD2 m4 2.5" Solid State Drive - 128GB, SATA 6Gb/s*(C19-8025 )
SilverStone Grandia Series HTPC Case (GD06)
SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX
MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
BD Combo Samsung SH-B123L
COOLER SCYTHE|SCSK-1100 R
SilverStone PP05 Short Cable for PSU Set
Your hardware is very solid even by today standards. You must have built it recently.
All good choices. You have a nice machine.
While my main machine is an i7, I just don't need that power in my HTPC.
You have a 2500k cpu. That thing is a total beast!
But to answer you question- the G630 or even G620 for $49 is a very capable CPU. Slap it into your system now and replace the 2500K I bet you would be surprised how easily it keeps up with what your doing.
It should be sufficient.
I run a step higher than you on my main machine, and honestly I can't tell that much difference real world stepping off it onto the G630 HTPC.
For basic stuff- normal PC stuff I mean- and HTPC stuff- It's pleasantly capable and quick. I have a very low tolerance for crap hardware or slow PC too. Much lower tolerance than just about anyone on these boards.
It's only when you start doing something that needs some power you can see a difference. At encoding a movie for example- my overclocked 2600k totally would eat it up. To the point it's not even worth encoding a movie on the HTPC. That's kinda the point I was building from.
I have a server with 15TB's and I have an i7 overclocked at 4.6ghz. I game a bit and run dual 6870 X2's for GPU's. I also overclock my 16GB DDR to 1833mhz sometimes- just cause I can. I run my OS from a MAX IOPS SSD with toggle NAND. It's pretty much the fastest SSD you can get.
I easily have $5000 invested into my main rig. Heck.. my mouse pad costs $69 and the mouse costs $89
I have a $200 gaming keyboard and a $200 typing keyboard with cherry MX switches. My 27" monitor is 1200x1920 and I am looking for a better one currently. This will be a second display and I will move the 23" Asus to another PC. I am not bragging just trying to give you a point of reference where I am coming from. It will add value to what I say.
All that --- and I have no trouble telling you that my G630 HTPC pictured above is easily up to the task of HTPC for me- my tolerance for poor performance is low, and my point of reference for performance is high.
In contrast- I can't even use someone else PC or laptop. And- I replaced every office PC we have with a new Sandybridge and SSD because I could no longer tolerate the waiting with the core2 and the dual core Athlon stuff we had.
If I snuck in your home and swapped your CPU in the middle of the night it might take you longer than you would expect before you figure it out that it happened.
I am pretty sure my $300 HTPC can handle what your looking for.
But- You still have a nice machine. Your case is more appropriate and expensive. My case is installed in a closet with AV equiptment in the bedroom and I can't see it. I only cared if I could hear it. Antec300 is a nice case and quiet. Lots of room to grow too. I will have it long after I retire this PC for some function I assume.
Your CPU is quad core and a total monster. It could hang with my i7 easily with overclock. Your board is good. Your Ram is good. Your PSU is fine.
Overall your build is nicer and better than mine. I would not have regrets if I was you.
But certainly- there is value out there. I am proud of what I did with mine as evidenced in the title of this thread. It was a learning process and fun- I like doing this stuff.
I would like to think my HTPC is about as nice and high performance as your going to get for the price I spent on it.
Little reward when I add up how much I wasted on my other build.. lol.