For a while now I've been flirting with the idea of building a HTPC but never really been able to justify the cost. With the next gen consoles coming out soon, and growing tired of my big tower, I thought I might build a small HTPC that I can use to 'game from the couch'.
In my current rig I have a i5 2500k and CrossFire Sapphire HD 6870s on a full ATX board. What I really want to do is build in a BitFenix Prodigy M. I was thinking about keeping the i5 2500k, buying a micro ATX board, and a new graphics card. Problem is I don't really know much about the latest generation GPUs.
I live in Australia so prices are pretty steep, here's what I'm tossing us between:
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked ACX 2GB Video Card - AUD$499
MSI Radeon HD 7970 OC Twin Frozr Boost Edition 3GB Video Card - AUD$443
I don't know if I'm going a bit overkill with these cards though? I will only be playing at 1080p on a 60Hz TV. But I do want to get a card this is going to perform better than next gen consoles and last me a couple of years. The games I will be most likely playing the most over the next year are BF4, Titanfall and NBA 2k14. Would like to play at the highest settings if possible.
The alternate is I go for something like a GTX 760 and upgrade my CPU to a i5 4670 or somthing. Here's one I found:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB Video Card - AUD$319
I just wanted to know if I'm going a bit overkill, or if anyone else has done anything similar recently.
I'd personally wait until they release Steam Box and DDR4 and 5th gen Intel in 2014 to build anything for Couch Gaming. I'd personally convert what you have to a Couch Gaming and Build a new Rig cuz 7970 is an overkill. I always used AMD so I know that you can use almost any 256 bit Radon Card with DDR5 Ram or Nvidia equivalent for any HTPC and have good performance. My advice is to save money and wait. If you're eager to build something try A10 processor with AMD Graphix card, It'll be cheap and give you good performance until you decide to build something bigger next year.
You don't need to upgrade your CPU whatsoever. Is $500 your limit?
The new line of AMD's cards will release next year (the flagship card will release by the end of the year, probably out of your budget, though), around February is my guess, so if you're willing to wait, prices will probably go down, and the new cards might interest you.