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tjohn 08-20-10 07:00 AM

Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
I'm remodeling my den and when done I'll have a new sammy 55" led 240hz tv that I'd like to be able to play pc games on from my htpc. Looking at my config in sig I didn't have this in mind when I built it and the on board video is not good enough. Is just sticking in a new card going to be good enough??

TJ

ragejg 08-20-10 07:18 AM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
Do yourself a huge favor and try to unlock your CPU, it needs it especially for games.

My x4 @ 3.1 with a GTX 460 is JUST enough for 1920x1080 gaming, as is my x3 @ 3.5 rig with an HD 5830.

Revs 08-20-10 07:32 AM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
I think your problem is gonna be the PSU. Is there room to fit a larger one in?

tjohn 08-20-10 08:23 AM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
I didn't know the regors where unlockable? What setting in bios is that?

Yeah I'm worried about my psu.... my case is very cramped now. I don't even know if I'm gonna fit a nice gtx470 in there :( What the minimum psu for that 650?

Gonna have to do some measuring I reckon!

tjohn 08-20-10 08:30 AM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
Looks like all the AMD Regors are native dual core, so no chance of unlocking :(

Thinking of a whole new build..... thinking....

frenchy2k1 08-20-10 01:09 PM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
no need for a new build, just change the proc to a X3 or X4. There is little to gain from a newer motherboard/memory.

Limitations for games will be graphic card. What do you plan to play on it? What is your budget? What will fit in your case? How big of a PSU can you fit?

You'll have to accept that you will most probably NOT fit a top of the line GPU in your HTPC. This is not a good fit there... Then again, a 4850 used to play most of last gen games at 1080p for me, so a 5770 may be enough. Check which games you want to play and at what details.

Do you really want a space heater under your TV?

tjohn 08-24-10 09:37 AM

Re: Best way to make my HTPC new game ready
 
I'm going get a new case, one that will fit full height cards for starters. I'll keep the mobo and ram and upgrade the proc, psu, and video. The video and psu I'm ok with getting, but which proc should I go with??


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