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PC is dying...time to do an organ transplant

Case is good (Thermaltake HTPC with Soundgraph IR station built in)
OCZ Modular Power Supply is good
12gb of DDR3 memory is good
HDD's are good

I need to replace the following with quality components so they can last me another 7-8 years

CPU/Cooler
Motherboard
Possibly Memory
Possibly main drive (switching to M.2 would open up a Sata Port)
Graphics Card (ATI 7700 needs to be replaced haha)
Need a copy of Windows 10

I was thinking of the AM4 platform....1500X with a Nvidia 1050 (non-Ti version)...so that I could do 4k playback in the future. Yes/no? Tips, suggestions?
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When it comes to playback, you want the 1050 TI. The 1050 is really a piece of crap and the price difference between it and the TI version is negligible. If you really want easy peasy, just wait for AMD's upcoming Raven Ridge APUs. AMD did a quiet announcement at Computex - wanting to focus on Ryzen and Vega - and they will be out later this year, with a big roll-out in the Fall PC sales.
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When it comes to playback, you want the 1050 TI. The 1050 is really a piece of crap and the price difference between it and the TI version is negligible. If you really want easy peasy, just wait for AMD's upcoming Raven Ridge APUs. AMD did a quiet announcement at Computex - wanting to focus on Ryzen and Vega - and they will be out later this year, with a big roll-out in the Fall PC sales.
Well what I can tell you is that my computer no longer runs EMBY, PLEX, etc...and the last 3 movies I placed on the computer "magically" disappeared. So I'm at the point of "screw it" and rebuild basically from scratch.
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Sell the DDR3 and use that to start a little pile of money for your next build, saving some each month as you go. That's about all you can do right now. Then you can pick up new components during flash/Summer/Back-To-School/Fall sales on Newegg or Amazon and eventually throw together a new machine.
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Sounds like you just need a new hard drive.
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Sounds like you just need a new hard drive.
Crystal Disk says green on all 5 drives.

And the disappearing act is just the latest. Again the real issue is my OS has no update option, refuses to install VC 2015, refuses to install EMBY or PLEX when EMBY was running great beforehand. Everything has gone to crap...and it's running slower than ever even with an SSD. It's time to gut it.
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Crystal Disk says green on all 5 drives.

And the disappearing act is just the latest. Again the real issue is my OS has no update option, refuses to install VC 2015, refuses to install EMBY or PLEX when EMBY was running great beforehand. Everything has gone to crap...and it's running slower than ever even with an SSD. It's time to gut it.
No update option? Is there any type of virus/maleware protection in the system? Sounds like something has been infected.

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Reload the OS? Nothing you've posted indicates a hardware problem, from my POV.
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I agree. Update issues are OS related, not hardware related. And OS issues can/will cause slowness.

If you simply want to upgrade, that's fine, it's your money.
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Though if drives are disappearing, that is first warnings that a drive is failing. To verify, use Linux by booting off either a DVD or USB flash drive to find out if the drives are actually disappearing. Another warning is a program not able to be installed. You could have a power supply problem and the only way to know is use another power supply. If you can't do Windows update, then download and manually install Windows update from Microsoft's web site.

Crystal Disk is not a diagnostic tool. It is a benchmark tool. Download the diagnostics utility from the storage manufacturer. In Linux, Disk Utility can run S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic tests like short and long. First run short and if it passes then run long. If it passes long, then run it again by starting with short and then long. I think running the tests at least three times to try to induce an issue. Seagate drives have a behavior of disappearing unpredictably when failure is soon.

Windows slowly degrades over time. A clean install is the only way to fix the degradation.

If you are going for a new computer, buy all new components and this includes the power supply.


The GeForce GTX 1050 TI is required because Netflix 4K requires the GeForce GTX 1050 to have at least 3 GB of video memory. This means you will need at least the 1050 TI. There are no benefits using M.2 for an HTPC. M.2 only works for storing virtual machines, 4K capture, video editing, complex graphics editing, and sending data over a 10 Gb network. Though how the M.2 is connected is different from the motherboard to motherboard, so the M.2 can take up an SATA port.
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