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Upgrading around Q6600

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June 19, 2012 1:50:07 AM

My objective is fairly simple, but too complicated for me. I want to build around my current Q6600 with parts equal or slightly above in terms of performance and compatibility. I will then connect the new PC to my home theater via HDMI.

My old components - prebuilt from cyberpower:
Q6600 2.4ghz (I'm willing to overclock but don't know how)
Asus P5N-E SLI NFORCE 650O SLI
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320 mb PCI-E
1G DDR2 PC6400
600W power supply (this might be carried over too)
320gb SATA II 3gb 16mb 7200rpm HDD



What I know I need:
Blu-ray drive
7.1 audio
HDMI, DVI, VGA ports (the more the better)
1920x1080 resolution is all I really need

My reason for all this is I don't want to buy a new processor when I'm not looking to play new games at the highest quality. I'm assuming that staying with my Q6600 will save money but I could easily be wrong. Also it's worth noting I don't have a clue about motherboards.

Assuming I can accomplish this I won't be upgrading in the future. The next move will be a new rig in 2-5 years.

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June 19, 2012 4:38:43 PM

If you want to use your old parts, you can find an inexpensive video card with vga, hdmi, and dvi ports for around $75. I wouldn't put too much money into such an old system. If you want to ever install a new board, you should be able to find someone to do it for $40 or so. Lots of techs listed on craigslist that can do it for you.
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June 19, 2012 9:00:27 PM

Rather than buy a new motherboard, I'd just buy a cheap graphics card like the HD 6570 or HD 6670 and a cheap 7.1 sound card. Then a 1080P monitor and a bluray drive obviously.
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June 20, 2012 1:29:48 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Rather than buy a new motherboard, I'd just buy a cheap graphics card like the HD 6570 or HD 6670 and a cheap 7.1 sound card. Then a 1080P monitor and a bluray drive obviously.

I never thought about keeping the mobo since I've disliked it forever but if it's not holding back the cpu or a HD 6670 if I got one then I guess I could leave it.

And I forgot to mention my memory:
1G DDR2 PC6400
I imagine that would hold me back right?

Since I'm hooking this up to my home theater I won't need a monitor and I already have a ps3 for bluray but I didn't think this upgrade could be so cheap so I can skip it for now.

Most importantly this needs to be compatible with my yamaha receiver. I've heard many horror stories and I'm not gonna spend anything if it's gonna result in low quality or won't work at all.
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June 20, 2012 12:53:29 PM

1GB might be OK but I wouldn't run Windows 7 on any less than 2GB personally, 4GB is preferable.
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