I remember the old SKT1366 i7s I used to run a 4.2GHz i7 950. Great chip, although it was hot. That said, it doesn't match too well to overclocked K series SB or newer with my i7 950 being roughly equivalent to a 4.5GHz i5 2500K. I swapped it out for SB when the mobo failed and Asus wanted me to send it to fekking Taiwan(from the UK) for RMA.
I used to have the Solo 6c. Wasn't overly disappointed by the sound for £60, but they failed in about 3 days... My current speakers are much more durable and sound far superior, even if they don't look as nice.
Rest of the setup seems sweet. What's the rig with the TV for? Media or extra gaming, it's a bit overkill for just a HTPC.
Seems like you got some bad luck with all those failed gears. :( what is your current speakers? by the way, the solo 7c has much warmer sound and wider soundstage. they also has to be far from each other as they are almost floor speakers.
About the media computer, you could call it HTPC+. it has some gaming abilities just in case (I've got this nice 6790 for almost about 50$ back then. I was working for a hardware website as reviews writer, and this one wasn't on use anymore after some reviews). it's kind of nice to play to a large tv screen with a gamepad. although the card starts to stutter a little. I thought of getting another 6790 (must be very cheap now). CF of two must give performance simillar to one 7870\660 and sometimes 7950.
Edited by Rayz - 6/3/13 at 8:43pm