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 Basically, I have an HTPC that is growing a little outdated.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
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.