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February 23, 2011 1:49:19 PM

Long story short, I am trying to get two rigs out of what I have.

Here are the current specs of each computer:

Main Rig:
Intel Quad Core Q6600
Asus P5Q Pro
4GB DDR2 Ram
nVidia MSI twin frozr GTX 560

HTPC Rig:
AMD Sempron 3600+
Lenovo branded mobo.
4GB DDR2 Ram
Ati Radeon 4850

Basically, the lenovo branded mobo does not work with the 4850 but its onboard gfx works perfectly fine.(I need HDMI with audioi) However my cpu, mobo in a main rig is quite old too. Thus my options are:

1. Spend some money now to upgrade my main rig and put all the residual parts in my HTPC

2. Just get the outdated AM2 mobo and call it a day for another few years.

Which option would you pick and what kind of product would you recommend? I don't mind paying more for the part as long as it's good.

Thanks!

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February 23, 2011 2:31:31 PM

Neither. I wouldn't try upgrading the LGA775 machine, and I wouldn't sink any more money into the two generation old AMD machine. I would save up money to replace the main build once Sandy Bridge is re-released, then move the 4850 into the old machine and use it as an HTPC.

Basically, the new build would look something like this, with estimated prices:

CPU: i5-2500K $225
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4 $150ish
RAM: 2x2 GB of DDR3 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9. Currently $25 after rebate at the cheapest Those are sold out, but at most likely around $40. Or you could spring for 2x4 GB for around $100.
GPU: Your 560. Plan to add a second later on.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65
PSU: 750W from Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, SeaSonic or XFX $100ish
Case: Rosewill Challenger $55 (or whatever you like)
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find <$20

Total: $655. Add $100ish for Windows 7 64-bit OEM if you need an OS.

The P67 boards likely won't be re-released for another month, so you have some time to start saving up for the new build. I certainly wouldn't throw any mroe money at the obstolete builds, so I'd either make due with what you have now until you're ready for a replacement or pony up the extra cash for a new build earlier than expected.
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February 23, 2011 4:36:21 PM

Thanks for your comment.

Do you think my 610W can handle SLIs? I have PC Power & Cooling one which I got with the LGA775 board. (My HTPC rig has OCZ fatality 550W so it should handle q6600 & 4850)

I've got plenty of drivers so all I need is a CPU, Mobo, Ram :S
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February 23, 2011 4:47:32 PM

610W isn't enough for SLI with the 560. I'd want at least a 650W for the GTX 460 and anything less (current generation only), a 750W for the GTX 570 or lower and 850W for anything above that.
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