I have started to use windows 7 Media Centre for My TV needs (2 x 500s Dreamboxs hookedup (Uk Satellite) ) I allso play a lot of Valve games (TF2,CSS etc) Dual Display 21 inch monitor and 32 inch 1080x1980 tv
I have found i can happliy play TF2 and Record my tv at the same time on my existing system - E6420@ 2.13 x2 Intel with 2gb Geil cl7 ram and a 512 8800gt.
My dad likes it and wants the same system so may as well give him some of mine and upgrade my own :-)
Plan so far - all ebuyer.co.uk (unless linked) for sake of easy lookup will prob shop around when i know what is deffo best.
new tv prob a 37 or 40 inch to be determined
HD - Existing 500gb Spinpoint
CPU - Exisiting x2 6420
RAM - Exisiting Geil 2gb CL7 Ram
MB - Asus P5G41-M-INTELG41 Socket 775 VGA HDMI Out 6 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard 196432 £40.17
Case - http://www.techsolo.net/site/product.php?lang=en&do=sho... - £62
Graphics - either the 8800gt or the onboard from the asus (Depends if the card will fit in the case - allready ordered a case to test as will have one for my build if they fit)
Cooling - Scythe Shuriken Quiet Low Profile Socket 1366, 1156, 478, 775, 754, 939, AM2, AM3 Processor Cooler 148079 £24.25
for all media centre usuals - mostly sd sat feeds x2 and torrent tv shows (sd & HD versions)
HD - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM 173804 £61.65
Ram - G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V 180490 £110.36
Cooling - Corsair CWCH50-1 Cooling Hydro Series H50 High-performance CPU Cooler 177411 £62.29
Graphics - Might Keep the 8800gt if it will not fit in dads or ASUS HD 5770 Cu Core 1GB GDDR5 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card 194707 £116.59
Now dont know what is best from the following 2 options with the HTPC and Gaming in Mind ie i think i can assign the media player to run on there own on the 2 extra spare cores (amd) unless i got my windows wires crossed.
Option 1 - Gives me USb 3 and 6gbs sata for the future
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 9MB Cache Socket AM3 Retail Box Processor 204939 £141.73
ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3 880G Socket AM3 HDMI DVI VGA Out 8 Channel Audio MATX 206150 £69.77