At the moment I have an old C2Duo E6570, running with a HD2600xt in a silverstone LC16M case serving as an HTPC.
Since day dot it has been primarily for home theatre use with casual gaming at times. As it is now aging a little for the gaming side im looking for an upgrade.
I do mean casual gaming, i enjoy a broad spectrum but am not concerned with massive FPS and 1080p gaming. So will the hardware below give me a solid HTPC setup and a little extra, or am i barking up the wrong tree?
AMD A series A10-5800K ASUS F2A85-M LE Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 - 1866 MHz 8GB SilverStone Strider Series ST40F-ES PSU
I have HDD, optical dive and case, but also a little unsure on Windows 7 or 8
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Sounds reasonable given your intro. If you're comfortable with 7, stick with it.
i would say windows 8 as windows 8 is more for entertainment and a joke
You have to pay extra for media centre on 8 (useful if using a TV card).