A bit of a challenge for you guys (HTPC Build)

So I'm creating an HTPC out of a build I already have. It's old, but I think it will be perfect for my needs. Basically I want to be able to play music, movies, and other downloaded content over my samsung 32-in HDTV.

Here's what I have from the old system:

ASUS A8n-SLi Premium (PCIe enabled, but will ATI cards work?)
AMD 3800+ X2 Dual Core Processor (2.0 GHZ stock)
2 GB Corsair XMS Ram

What I need:

-A cheap ATI Radeon card that will allow me to route audio and video through to my TV
-A case

My budget for this is about 200 bucks. I've seen radeon 4xxx series for around 50 bucks, but not sure what kind of PSU or case would work. I'd like something smaller but realize my motherboard is large and that may be impossible.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. The case/PSU isn't that big a deal. I think though that you need to realize motherboards have definite service limitations and an older MB will die sooner or later.

    Yes, you can run a single ATI card just fine.

    Silverstone ATX HTPC Case

    Corsair 400CX

    HIS 4650
  2. Thanks for the suggestions, I didn't even realize you could get ATX htpc cases. As for the service limit, I actually bought this new only a year ago because they had gotten so damn cheap and my old one pooped on me. It was like...40 bucks from a local shop near Dallas. He was honestly surprised anyone would be looking for it, actually. I'm hoping it will last 3 or so years till I graduate school and wont have such tight budget restrictions.

    Thanks for the reply!
  3. Great, I'm sure that A8N will last a long time then. I still have one in service somewhere.
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