Advice on HTPC upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: <2 months

Budget Range: <$275 for CPU and MOBO if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching/recording tv, watching movies, streaming movies and tv to Xbox, surf internet

Parts Not Required: tv tuner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Asus mobo's, honestly don't know whats better AMD or Intel CPU's

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Im fixing to make some changes to my HTPC setup, Im going to be getting a Moneual 312B case and a Crucial M4 64gb SSD for the OS and program files to speed things up a bit.

What I was needing to know was while I have it all taken apart, if it would be a good idea to go ahead and upgrade the mobo and cpu while I'm at it? Below is my current setup.

CPU - Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz
HDD's - Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB and Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB
RAM - 4gb I don't remember what kind or the speed
TUNER - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card
PSU - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D
CASE - Antec Fusion Remote Black

This was my first ever PC build and for the most part I'm still pretty happy with my setup, but a little more speed would be great. I'm not sure if just adding an SSD with do that or if upgrading everything else would give me an even better boost for what I use it for. Any help would be greatly appreciated, also below is my current Windows Experience score.

Processor - 6.9
Ram - 5.9
Graphics - 4.4
Gaming Graphics - 5.2
Primary Hard Drive - 5.9
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  1. You don't list what motherboard you have, but I'd don't think it matters. Your system is more than powerful enough for your needs.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Your right, its in there now.

    So I should be good for another couple of years?
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    Hehe... recheck that. Your link points back to the Antec Case, but checking the specs of the board listed, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't last you a couple/few more CPU generations.

    -Wolf sends

    Edit: I mean there's shouldn't be any reason to upgrade this system at all for the next few CPU generations.
  4. Ok, what about installing an SSD on this mobo? It doesn't have a SATA III, only SATA II. Is it worth getting one since it won't perform to its full capabilities? That was another reason why I was looking at upgrading.
  5. If downgrading from SATAIII to SATAII bothers you that much, just get a SATAII SSD. I'd probably recommend this Intel 80GB SATAII SSD. It will still give you a speed increase over a mechanical drive.

    -Wolf sends
  6. Best answer selected by thundercatz.
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