The time has come.
Tiiiime to upgrade the current HTPC to a sleek, more-advanced, more-efficient son of a gun with the new parts that will be available within a month or two. Can you believe that it will be here that fast? Haswell is right around the corner! With Haswell, we have new IGPs (Integrated Graphics Processor) which Intel claims to be 2-3x faster than last-gen IGPs. Add to that even more performance-per-clock and better energy efficiency (I hope). Of course the temps will be a little better with said energy efficiency. Wooooh!!
Here's a list of my possible Haswell build upgrades:
•i7 4770S (w/ Intel HD4600 Graphics)
•LGA 1150 ITX mobo
•8GB of DDR3 (CAS 7)
•Samsung 840 Pro SSD
Added to the two unannounced upgrades that were added to the base system:
•ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-e sound card
•HiFiMAN HE-400 headphones
I don't know about you, but, I'm pretty doggone enthusiastic about Haswell. But, what about you? How do you feel about Haswell? Are you planning an upgrade or two as well?
EDIT *10/27/2013* - A few performance runs from my Haswell build!
Edited by UrbanSmooth - 10/27/13 at 8:40pm