New cpu and mobo for HTPC

Hi all!

This is my first post to the forum. I don't think I have ever asked advice on a MOBO and chipset before, but I am kind of torn here. Basically, I have an HTPC that is growing a little outdated. Its a Intel E8200 cpu overclocked to 4.1 ghz with 2 gb ram and a Nvidia 9500gt gpu. I also have an 800 watt xion power supply, a cable card tuner, 5 x 1tb hard drives (only 3 connected cause I am out of sata ports and refuse to buy a pci sata card) and a dvd rom(thinking about upgrading to BR)

I am looking for a replacement that is gonna last me a couple years as well as play some of the new and modern games as they come out. I also use it as a media server, household print server, and a safe storage device. Until now I have been using Windows raid, but I have the hard drive lineup (5 x 1tb drives) to support some serious throughput with redundancy.

What I think I have narrowed it down to is these two setups.

1. AMD Phenom II 1100T 6 core
ASUS M5A88-V EVO Socket AM3+ 880G mobo
and EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 graphics card
8gb ddr3 ram


2. Intel Core i7-960 3.2GHz LGA 1366 Boxed Processor
US Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
and EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 graphics card
8gb ddr3 ram

What do you guys think? I am split between the two...
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  1. Hi Jkeith247!
    What is your budget and how big do you want the htpc to be?
    Most Htpcs want smaller form factors such as the mitx mobo.

    Whether or not, the Sandy Bridge cpus should give you more value and performance than both of those setups combined.
  2. I would rather go with an i5-2500k and a socket 1155 motherboard.

    It'll have no problems out performing the Phenom. Compared to the i7-960, it would be cheaper, faster and use less power. The i5-2500k does not have hyper threading (HT) like i7-960, but games don't really use it.

    HT is good if you encode your own videos with a program like Handbrake. If that's what yer gonna do, then grab an i7-2600k.
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