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Hello all,



Looking for an upgrade and would like to get some opinions.



Current System which I'm going to turn into a HTPC is:



System Information

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Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631)

System Model: Maximus II Formula

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz

Memory: 4096MB RAM (GEIL EVO Dragon)

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Display Devices

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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series (5850)

Display Memory: 2422 MB

Dedicated Memory: 1015 MB

Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)

Monitor Name: SyncMaster XL2370(Digital)

Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz


Already bought a Thermaltake DH 202 VJ80011N2Z Digital Home Series HTPC Case for the above components. Will the above make a good HTPC?


For the new system I've only bought a Corsair Professional Series Gold High-Performance 1200-Watt Power Supply CMPSU-1200AX and a Intel 510 Series 250 GB SATA Version 3 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive to put the OS on it.



I've aslo have the follow already for the new system:


1 x Western Digital Velociraptor 600 GB SATA III 10000 RPM 32 MB Cache

3 x Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB 7200RPM



My case is a Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Full Tower so I hope not get in trouble with the new Graphic Card. I love this case :-)


For the new system which is going to be used mainly for gaming I'm thinking in:



CPU/ Mobo



i5 2500k or i7 2600k with a Maximus Asus Maximus IV Extreme -Z - LGA 1155 - Z68

New Bulldozer with a ASUS Crosshair V Formula - AM3+ - 990FX



GPU



ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5

Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Double Shot 1280 MB



I heard that HDs 6950 are less power consumption than the Nvidia 570 GTX. Anything beyond those will be off my budget which means that 580 GTX or HD 6970/ 90 is not an option. I'm not planning to upgrade my Monitor so my max resolution will be atm 1920 x 1080. Also I read some very good reviews about the HD 6950 Dirt 3 like being very silent with a nice cooling system.



Last considerations:



I will use the new computer primary for game and sometimes a video editing but nothing hard. Also I'm old fashion with tons of vanilla games installed so I will probably be using Windows 32bit with only 4 GB Ram. Between Corsair and G.Skill which one will be the best for the above system?



Sorry for all these questions and I hope to get some help/ opinions here.



Cheers,



JohnnyR2D2
Edited by JohnnyR2D2 - 8/3/11 at 8:43pm
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i5 2500k or i7 2600k with a Maximus Asus Maximus IV Extreme -Z - LGA 1155 - Z68
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ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 (any msi cards? they would be good for htpc with bigger heatsinks.)
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Thanks for the prompt response :-)

My current system will be the one I'm going to use for a HTPC which means I'm going to use the current video card I have, the Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 5850 1 GB DDR5 for it.

The new system will be used mainly for gaming.

You think ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 is more quiet than the Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB ?
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Thanks for the prompt response :-)

My current system will be the one I'm going to use for a HTPC which means I'm going to use the current video card I have, the Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 5850 1 GB DDR5 for it.

The new system will be used mainly for gaming.

You think ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 is more quiet than the Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB ?
ASUS DirectCu series are amongst the quietest yes I have a 460.
    
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