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Former gaming box to HTPC? Gunna work or not?

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October 10, 2008 1:14:11 AM

Greets. I just built a new computer a few months ago which I posted here before and it's working out spectacularly.

The computer it replaced was put together about four years ago (maybe five, I dunno :p ) Right now it's collecting
dust and I'm wondering if it can be resurrected as an HTPC.

It's specs:
ABIT IS7-E Mobo
P4 2.8GHz
2GB DDR-400 RAM
AGP GeForce FX 5900
Couple of standard 7200 RPM IDE HDDs

The fan on the 5900 is very loud, so my questions for advice are:
-- What can I do to minimize the noise if the current specs will suffice for a build?
-- Since its a standard ATX form factor, are there decent cheap HTPC cases that it will fit?
-- Will this handle Blu-Ray if I decide to add a player later?
-- Is it worth it to try and resurrect such an old machine?

Thanks in advance :) 
Cheers.
October 10, 2008 1:34:31 AM

not worth it
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2008 2:27:18 AM

It would work for SD stuff(DVD/DivX playback), but for BD(HD) playback, you will not have the cpu or video power.
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2008 1:15:20 PM

You could swap the video card out for an AGP HD3450 or HD3650 for about $40-50 but I'm not sure a P4 is a good choice for an HTPC. Not that it doesn't have enough muscle for media playback (other than HD), but they are way too hot for a quiet and cramped media system.

The thing is, you can get new 780G motherboard, cheap AMD X2 CPU, and 2GB DDR2 RAM for under $200, under $150 if you shop around for deals. Maybe you should sell your old parts on eBay and put the money towards a new build?

BTW, there are plenty of ATX cases for HTPCs: ATX HTPC Cases
October 10, 2008 11:39:48 PM

^^ thank you much, that was exactly the advice I was lookin for :) 
October 11, 2008 2:16:43 AM

Step 2, since my old computer isn't up to snuff, I would appreciate some critique on a new one, specifically for HTPC purposes, I will not be gaming on it:

Inwin IW-BT611T.300SL MicroATX w/ 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W 65nm Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLi...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does the motherboard and iGPU have the power necessary for blu-ray in the future if I decide to add such a drive?
October 11, 2008 2:56:11 AM

That's about the level for a HTPC to be honest. There isn't a need for a high-end CPU in something that has the 780G/GX chipsets. You'll be fine with that little lot.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
October 11, 2008 3:10:00 AM

stratosigma said:
Step 2, since my old computer isn't up to snuff, I would appreciate some critique on a new one, specifically for HTPC purposes, I will not be gaming on it:

Inwin IW-BT611T.300SL MicroATX w/ 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W 65nm Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLi...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does the motherboard and igp have the power necessary for blu-ray in the future if I decide to add such a drive?


More then enough system there and YES, the igp will play blu-ray without issues.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-780g-chipset,17...
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