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Hey everyone...just looking for a few suggestions.

I recently built my first pc/htpc. I started out making it strictly for htpc and then had too much fun and went all out. I currently have:

Motherboard- Asus maximus gene iv
Ram - 2x4mb
Video - Evga 2gb 560
Cpu- i5 2500k
Hdd- 2tb seagate
Sdd- 60 gb for windows 7

The motherboard has room for expansion. I plan on adding more ram to the max.

What I'm looking for suggestions is I have room for another video card in the pci 16 slot and something in the pci 4 slot.

I kinda want to max this thing out but can't think of anything else I can add. Mainly looking for something to go in the pci 4 but am curious of other components in place of the extra gpu seeing as though it's not needed just wanted.

Note: I don't need a sound card since the mobo has a decent one that I have hooked up to my receiver via optical.
post #2 of 6
If you don't want a sound card (which I do recommend) you can add a tv tuner card. Unless you are in Canada. Then it is a waste.
You won't be able to add another gpu and still use the x4 slot unless you are watercooling or get a single slot gpu. I don't know why you would do that though since you already have a 560.
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Thanks for the response.

The 560 looks like it will fit into the one slot. Do you mean that it's thick and will block the pci4? And yeah you are right. There isn't much of a reason to add another one at this point. It plays everything I throw at it wonderfully. It was more of a "hey I have a slot and the capability so why not?"

Why would you recomend the sound card? The one that is included on the mobo says that it an support hd audio and 5.1. The gpu covers the video surround sound and the mobo plays my mp3's pretty well in full stereo. I've googled whether or not I need an additional higher end sound card and couldn't really find a solid answer. Any explaination would be appreciated as I'm still somewhat new to this.

I was thinking of a tv tuner card with a card reader and recording capabilities.

Any other gadgets that you can think of that might be fun to stick in those slots ?


Thanks again.
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I think a soundcard would only be necessary if you are running mid to high end speakers or headphones.
A tv tuner card is nice, especially since it is a home theatre pc.

Anything else you would add is probably wasted. Unless you want a USB3.0 add on card or a RAID controller. rolleyes.gif
Not necessary for a build like yours. Of course, you could get a PCIe SSD if you really wanted to add a card that was actually useful.
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Leave as many slots open as possible. Less devices --> Better airflow --> less fans/lower fanspeed --> queiter --> better htpc.
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Leave as many slots open as possible. Less devices --> Better airflow --> less fans/lower fanspeed --> queiter --> better htpc.

This. And don't bother with more RAM. Even if it's 20 bucks it will be a waste. In the time it takes to use even that 8 gigs, there will be something newer and cheaper out. Trust me. I have a million Chrome tabs open, a bunch of other programs, and Battlefield 3 on high settings on and I still barely touch 5 gigs. For a media pc with even heavy gaming on it, you will not need more than 8 gigs. Just my two cents. smile.gif

Oh and yeah. I would either get a tv tuner card, or just leave it open.
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