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Modifying Cheap Computer for HTPC

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December 17, 2008 6:14:49 PM

I found this on geeks.com for about $90. With the addition of a dedicated graphics card and some more ram (i have other hard drives and a nas to hook it up to and external dvd burner), can this be a capable hdmi configured HTPC?

What card would recommend and what might be the system limitations as far as codecs? Would it handle a bluray drive?

Thank you,

Anthony


Features/Specifications:
IBM ThinkCentre Pentium 4 2.8 GHz PC


General Features:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional pre-installed w/CoA
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz processor
256 MB of DDR RAM
40 GB hard disk drive
CD-ROM drive
1.44 MB floppy disk drive
Integrated video
Integrated audio
Integrated Ethernet


Motherboard Features:
One (1) AGP slot
Three (3) PCI slots
Four (4) DIMM sockets


I/O Ports:
Two (2) PS/2 ports
One (1) 9-pin serial port
One (1) 15-pin VGA port
One (1) 25-pin parallel port
Eight (8) USB ports (six on back and two on front)
One (1) RJ-45 Ethernet jack
Line-in, line-out microphone jacks



December 17, 2008 6:45:08 PM

The difficult part might be getting an AGP card with HDMI.
December 17, 2008 7:17:05 PM

I did some searching. All I have found is card with DVI such as this for about $45.

ATi Radeon 9200 256 MB DDR AGP Video Card

General Features:
ATi Radeon 9200 GPU
256 MB DDR Memory
AGP interface
SmartShader technology
SmoothVision technology
FullStream technology
Video Immersion technology
ATi Catalyst

Connectors:
DVI
VGA
S-Video/TV-Out
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