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 ) Right now it's collecting
dust and I'm wondering if it can be resurrected as an HTPC.
ABIT IS7-E Mobo
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?
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?