HTPC, then gaming in 2-3 months

Hello. I am in need of a new PC, and would love for it to both act as a HTPC and as a gaming machine. However, I have limited funds as of right now, so what I want this thing to be in the beginning is a HTPC, but it needs to be upgradeable to a gaming machine once I can save up more money for a graphics card. Here is what I have in my Newegg cart as of right now:

LG DVD Burner (will upgrade to Blu Ray later)

Antec VSK-2000 case

AVerTV Duet Tuner Card

Cooler Master 500W Power Supply

G.Skill 4 GB Ram

MSI H55M-ED55 HDMI Motherboard

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield

Samsung 1 TB Internald HDD

This is where I need the help of the community. I want this to be a kick ass HTPC on Day 1, but I will also need it to be upgradeable in 2-3 months into a gaming PC. So I am thinking, just pick up a cost effective video card, which can be swapped out later.
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  1. 955BE + IGP set up like below? Just remove the GTX 460 and its all good for $413AR Perhaps the HD 6000 would be a real option as well by the time u do have $$ for a discrete hehe


    By the way if u really hard up for $$ u dun even need to look at quads even - try the USD $75 Rana 445?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872&Tpk=Rana%20445


    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
    Quote:
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
  2. I have fallen in love with the Core i5, so that has to be in there. I guess what I am trying to say is, I need everything for a HTPC, while also being ready to swap in a bargain graphics card for something beefier, once I begin wanting to game.
  3. I cannot advise u on that because i am a lover of bang for buck solutions so :P For best results for games between having a bargain platform and GPU you'd be wise not to hit light on the latter....
  4. Edit: nvm...Grab a p55 board and 5450 GPU
  5. I see a couple of ways to go.

    1) The msi motherboard has a H55 chipset. That is best used to support a 32nm clarkdale cpu with integrated graphics, like the i5-540. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115221
    It will cost a bit less than the i5-750, allowing you to spend more on a great graphics card.
    A strong duo @3.0 or better, particularly with hyperthreading can be a good gaming cpu. Read the tom's link by batuchka above. To make it a good gaming system, then just add your graphics card later.

    2) Using the i5-750, get a P55 motherboard such as the EVGA P55 such as this,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188064
    it is $75 after rebate.
    You will need some sort of discrete graphics card that has a HDMI output. I suggest a basic card from EVGA. They have a 90 day "step up" program where you can get your money back, trading the card in for something better. Read the details on their web site. Something like the new GT430 :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130579
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