Former gaming box to HTPC? Gunna work or not?

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.
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  1. not worth it
  2. It would work for SD stuff(DVD/DivX playback), but for BD(HD) playback, you will not have the cpu or video power.
  3. 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
  4. ^^ thank you much, that was exactly the advice I was lookin for :)
  5. 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=N82E16811108060

    Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186141

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

    AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W 65nm Dual-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103256

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemList=N82E16822136218

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144

    Does the motherboard and iGPU have the power necessary for blu-ray in the future if I decide to add such a drive?
  6. 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.
  7. 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=N82E16811108060

    Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186141

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

    AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W 65nm Dual-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103256

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemList=N82E16822136218

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144

    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,1785-3.html
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