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:
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.
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.
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.
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=N82E168...
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.