Originally Posted by trog
+1 Actually TS what is this rig used for? Even with gaming on the cards unless you are doing triple monitors, etc there are some really powerful single GPUs out there and you might not need pricey high end boards with SLI/CF, etc and channel funds towards a discrete sound card or DAC which would net you better SQ with decent cans/speakers...
I want to build a HTPC/Steambox/Gaming PC/Work PC with the lowest TDP without sacrificing performance. I need low TDP as my ambient temp is between 26-36C throughout the year. It will be connected to at least 1 1080p TV with an additional one standard desktop monitor 1080p monitor. Gaming on the TV monitor. Work on the standard monitor. Games via steam/cd with xbox 360 wired controllers with steam big picture . If the PC is placed in the room, then the ambient will shoot up. I am not going to OC the PC as I need to control the temperature. Most demanding game I have is XCOM:EU. Most demanding software I have is Adobe CS6.
CPU: intel haswell i5/i3
GPU: 770 or 760 GTX
Case: Silverstone TJ08-E or Bitfenix Prodigy
Motherboard: Need help here. I have narrowed down my choices to either mini-itx Asus Z-87i-deluxe or Asus ROG Maximus impact VI (for prodigy/TJ08-E). The Silverstone can accept macro-ATX boards. Hence where the Gigabyte board comes in with its build in Creative sound card. Built in wifi is nice as I don't need to install a separate card. Additional cards = more power needed and higher temps as it restrict cool airflow to the GPU. I don't want a ATX/full tower as it will look out of place next to the TV, hence the all in one solution. The Prodigy will look out of place next to the TV.
Needs to connect to Hi-fi. TV and PS3. TV needs to be able to connect to the hifi/pc for sound output.
From the TV via mic/line in jack.
TV Sound. Have not figured out how this will come in. Previously I had a Gigabyte EP43-DS3L motherboard that had a optional S/PDIF input. I just took the cable from the TV and hooked it to the motherboard which then sends the sound to the speakers. I may use the AUX jack for the TV. TV sound will go directly to the PC so that only one connection goes from the PC to the speakers.
has one AUX jack with the L/R channel jack. One mic in 3.5mm jack
PS3 goes directly to the TV via HDMI.
All sound is handled by the Hifi speakers through the AUX jack coming from the PC. No additional connections to the Hifi.
Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by Sushisamurai
You couldddd cheap out for the mid-level Asus boards to save money to go towards a dedicated DAC, which IMO would be far superior to an on board amp (I believe the asus provides a DAC and amp).
But I'd still go with the ROG Max 6, a K-series intel chip, liquid cooling, and overclock that mother with dual SLI's... Motherboards/cases last a long time. My rig worth $2500 will last me sufficiently for 5+ years, making that a $350-500/yr investment.
Unfortunately I am not building a high end pc. Also, if you read tom's hardware article, it is kind of pointless going with a K series CPU for gaming. It comes down to the the PCI3.0 slot.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6985/choosing-a-gaming-cpu-at-1440p-adding-in-haswell-/9. I might as well allocate that money to the GPU/motherboard.
Originally Posted by NamelessPFG
The only reason I didn't have any LGA1155 or LGA1150 recommendations was simply that those G1 boards are all Sound Core3D-based, likely because Creative isn't selling X-Fi CA20K2s anymore.
Again, I'd rather just set an expansion card slot aside for a sound card. I don't consider SLI or CrossFire beyond two cards anyway, leaving three slots free on a typical full ATX board.
I see. However, haswell chips have lower TDP while maintaining performance. Another thing is that even though I can source a new G1 board, the board may be a few years old now and there will be unavoidable degradation in the capacitors of the motherboard. It will be costly to replace the parts.