Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel CPU, ATI GPU and Asus MB but if its better I can go with Gigabyte MB.
Overclocking: Maybe, as long as it will my system stable without crashes.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Additional Comments: I’ve build Intel E6600 3 years ago and will be using old parts to build new HTPC. I’ve spent couple of days here on the site and forums trying to figure out with which
CPU, MB and GPU to go with. I’m thinking between I7 870 or I7 950 or 930. Not sure which socket is “future proof”?
I will be getting 80GB Intel SSD as a boot drive and maybe 2x 1TB for storage unless you guys can recommend something else. Right now on my old one I have 2 x 500GB Seagate HDs in RAID.
Also I'll be buying Windows 7 64bit Home Premium and maybe 6GB of RAM?
^ "Future-Proof" socket ? Sorry there aren't any right now...
All the sockets - LGA 1156, LGA 1366, AM3 will be replaced by newer sockets next year,...
And ATI is going to launch newer graphic cards by this month end, so you might want to check that out too...
Neither socket is future proof. In fact, many have called both "dead" - time will tell. The only thing the 1366 would allow you to do is upgrade to 6-core which is not cost effective unless you have specific need for 12 threads.
If you are primarily gaming (and running at 1920 res), the 750/760 are the cpus of choice. The 860/870s will give small improvements in gaming, but may be indicated depending on how multi-threaded your video editing is and how often/long you do it.
In any case, the 1156 socket is more cost effective. Once we get the socket, the rest is easy
Vid card: At 1920 res, I'd use a GTX 460 and equip the rig with a 750W psu (small incremental investment) to allow for a second 460 if/when required. ATM, it looks like the Gigabyte is fastest and cheap: