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Old 13-06-2013, 20:02
13lives
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Hi,

Am looking at upgrading my media pc which is currently in an Antec Fusion V2 case, with an ancient nvidia 6100gt motherboard, 3gb DDR2 ram and a AMD dual core 2.3ghz processor with a Nvidia 8500 gpu

Had this built 6 years ago, but starting to show its age especially as compatability with Sata hard drives and the New SSD i bought although works isnt as fast as it could be.

For ease i was thinking of just replacing the motherboard, cpu and ram. maybe just running on the discreet graphics onboard the haswell chip, or update the graphics card but because of the height of the case will need to be a low profile card.

Does anyone have any recommendations of motherboard to get? Needs to be ideally micro or mini atx. Probably go for a I5-4670

Or would it just be easier and have a new system built from scratch - I like the look of this https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/L...Pages/ZeusSFF/
as it would fit into the tv cabinet and cyberpower say there will be haswell options in the next 2 weeks.

Spec maybe overkill for a media pc, but want something that will throw anything i have media wise, as well as possibly some gaming (sim city 4) got a budget of a grand

Thanks
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Old 13-06-2013, 20:14
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My main thing would be to give it a 6 month break before spending money so you have chance to let other people take the risk on new motherboard/cpu combo's and i seem to remember certain ivy boards needing replacing etc
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Old 13-06-2013, 20:24
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You may also need to replace the PSU as it looks like the haswell low power state can cause some PSU problems.

You may be better to get an Ivybridge processor and motherboard as haswell has the biggest impact on the onboard graphics.
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Old 13-06-2013, 20:26
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thanks both,
Was looking though to get away with not having to fit a graphics card and the haswell chip has i believe better onboard graphics
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Old 14-06-2013, 21:53
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That's 'on-chip' graphics, not on-board graphics. Have been since second gen Core iX processors.
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