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Which way will be better for an HTPC?

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My original plan was to use my old rig as an HTPC. Its an e8400 with an Asus 5850...I figured it was overkill for an HTPC, but would let me play the occasional game on the 50" plasma (unless the CPU would bottlenet too much at that resolution).

But now I'm thinking I should sell the parts and pick up an i3 2100 and an h67 mobo since it'll be quieter consume less power. I'd still be able to buy a gpu if I really want to play games.

I did buy a futura lap desk with a large mouse pad since I was originally going to put my main rig with the plasma, so I've solved the whole "how do you game on a couch" problem.

I suppose I could always start with what I have and go for a budget chip upgrade...like getting an AM2/AM3 board and a Phenom once Bulldozer is released.
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Actually, I think I answered my own question. I'm going to start out with what I've got and see what the system actually gets used for before changing anything.
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Actually, I think I answered my own question. I'm going to start out with what I've got and see what the system actually gets used for before changing anything.
Yeah. Best choice. Besides, the size of the screen doesn't really mean much. HDTV's, regardless of size, are basically limited to 1080p (1920x1080) max. You can get much higher resolution than that on 30" monitors.
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Well you should easily sell that CPU and MB and get the chip paid for and some of the MB, if you go that route. You might as well if you only need to put in 80 bucks or so(DDR3, rest of MB).
     
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