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HELP - HTPC - Gaming Build - Power\GPU question - Antec ISK 310-150

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December 4, 2012 2:29:47 PM

About two months ago I completed my first homebuilt PC (with the help of this forum) and couldn't be happier.

It was a simple of PC. I used the following parts:

Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz
ASRock H77M-ITX Motherboard
8 GB Dual-Channel DDR3
1TB Hard Drive
Coolmaster ATX tower

I re-used my old Dell 530 as a HTPC by adding a GeForce GT 430 video card and installing Linux with XBMC. It is amazing but the old Dell takes up too much room in my den.

I was lucky enough to be gifted the following new PC parts:

Intel BOXDZ77GA70K Motherboard
Intel Core i5 2500k CPU
16 GB Kingston Technology HyperX Blue Ram

I want to use all the parts I have and upgrade my office PC and build a new HTPC for my den using the Antec ISK 310-150 case. This case comes with an external 150 watt PSU.

Here is the new breakdown for each PC:

OFFICE PC - This will be used mainly to search the internet, MS office products.
Intel BOXDZ77GA70K Motherboard
Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz
16 GB Kingston Technology HyperX Blue Ram
1 TB Hard Drive
Coolmaster ATX tower

HTPC - This will be used to watch ripped Bluray movies (1080p), HD content streamed from the internet and gaming if possible.
Antec ISK 310-150 with 150 watt PSU
ASRock H77M-ITX Motherboard
Intel Core i5 2500k CPU
8 GB Dual-Channel DDR3
Unknown Hard Drive
Unknown Video Card



What video card will work with this build? The PSU is only 150 watts so I know I am limited. I don’t expect to play games at the highest resolution setting but I am using a 60inch TV and I don’t want it to look like crap. I will be compare the graphics to my PS3.
Will undervolting and underclocking reduce power usage of CPU help save power for the GPU?

Thanks in advance for your help.
December 5, 2012 11:37:03 AM

Did I put this in the wrong forum?
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