Question ATX based HTPC Upgrade

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  1. icstm

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    As you can see from my build log, my current hardware is a little dated and would love the forum to suggest upgrade options!

    Not sure of budget, but generally I have gone mainstream enthusiast type components. Happy to take a different steer based on your inputs.

    I would like to update the following:
    • Processor (from i5 2500k)
    • Motherboard (Asus P8P67 Pro)
    • Graphic Card (if needed, I understand the processors are much better now with true 23.976 support and HDR future proofing

    I Will keep
    • Case and PSU (Fractal R3)
    • SSD with current build of OS and apps (Evo 840 I think)
    • HDD (multiple internal)
    • seperate external SATA box (StarTech) so motherboard required to support port multiplier for eSATA

    I Will need to replace

    • 16Gb RAM (might not need that much)

    New items:

    • non black colour wireless keyboard, not too big or noisy, but good to typing


    Thoughts please!
     
  2. icstm

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    The Mobo should have Coax audio output and either it on GFX should have HDMI (obvs).
    If the Mobo has Bluetooth, bonus, but I have a dongle if required.

    I should add key uses:
    • Media server (Plex, JRiver)
    • Media Player - please spec for MadVR
    • Photo / video editor
    • Work (semi large spreadsheets and the like)
     
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    any thoughts on the above? esp if i can get away with just a cpu these days?
     
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    Just buy a new gpu?
     
  5. icstm

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    @ChuckMountain thanks for you reply.
    Why a GPU? you mean one that supports CUDA? or are there now AMD (ATI) cards that can accelerate MadVR processing of video?

    I was thinking a little CPU boost could work and thus I was wondering which of them work well with MadVR directly without a GPU. I understand their own graphics ability now correctly supports 24p, HDR, etc
     
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    You didn't mention what gpu you had before or whether you just used built in one.

    I just wondered whether you could get away with a low end passive Nvidia GPU.

    Processor is not bad for your requirements and just wondering if replacing MB and cpu you are spending more than you need to?
     

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