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So I wasn't quite sure the section to put this in, but you guys seem like the best bet.

Trying to put a PC together for college, but with limited funds. So for the first several months, I may as well build an upgradable and future-proof HTPC before I can afford the final parts. (Probably video card, additional ram, cooling, etc.)

Have roughly $500 to spend, give or take $100 depending on if you guys think it'd be worth it. I was guessing a 2500k, 4GB of decent RAM, a PSU with watts to spare? Your thoughts?
    
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Well first off, the i5 2500k is overkill for a htpc. Would you be converting this into a gaming pc later on with more funds? Or is this purely for HTPC?

Can start with :
i3 2100
H67 if for htpc or Z68 board if you want to switch to gaming in future (Z68 is so you can use iGPU until you get a GPU for gaming)
4GB RAM is good enough, seems to be a lot of good deals on 8GB kits lately though
PSU - can be a low watt on for htpc or higher if you plan on gaming(sli/xfire)
Case - Do you need it to be small?

Give me some more details and I can put something together for you.
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Originally Posted by Jonowxeno View Post
H67 if for htpc or Z68 board if you want to switch to gaming in future (Z68 is so you can use iGPU until you get a GPU for gaming)
Z68 isn't necessary. You can also install discrete graphics cards on H67 motherboards. The only reason to pony up extra for Z68 is if you're overclocking the multiplier (which the i3-2100 doesn't support) or if you plan on running SLI.

Since he mentioned he'll be using it for college, go ahead with the i5-2500K. In fact, might even want to go with 8GB RAM as the kits are pretty cheap nowadays (~$50). Is the Windows license included in that $500~600 or is that for parts only?

For the PSU, as long as you're not planning on running dual monster graphics, a good quality 600W PSU should be able to handle SLI/CFX of mid-range cards.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 8/3/11 at 4:52pm
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OP, I think we need a little bit more information on what you want to do with this desktop.

What size would you like it to be? What monitor will you be using? What kind of games do you plan on playing? When you mean upgrade in the future, what kind of upgrades do you want?
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Z68 isn't necessary. You can also install discrete graphics cards on H67 motherboards. The only reason to pony up extra for Z68 is if you're overclocking the multiplier (which the i3-2100 doesn't support) or if you plan on running SLI.
Yeah, I meant Z68 over P67 if he was going i5 2500k route to OC
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OP, I think we need a little bit more information on what you want to do with this desktop.

What size would you like it to be? What monitor will you be using? What kind of games do you plan on playing? When you mean upgrade in the future, what kind of upgrades do you want?
I don't really care on the size, though obviously large enough to fit the eventual components (Video card?) and for proper fans to cool.

Monitor is an old 1600xsomethingorother.

Games - RPG, shooter, etc. The typical.

Upgrades would likely be CPU, and Video Card.
    
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Upgrades would likely be CPU, and Video Card.
For the CPU, the i3-2100 is ~$120 while the i5-2500K is ~$220. For the $100 difference, I suggest going straight for the i5-2500K instead of getting a socket stub. The i5-2500K will last you quite a while before it starts bottlenecking newer video cards, and even when it does, games may not even require that much CPU power anyway.

It makes sense to wait on the video card. The CPU, though, I think a $100+ socket stub is a bit too expensive. If you want to wait for Ivy Bridge, then perhaps just go for a Celeron G530 or Pentium G620 for now.
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