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February 9, 2010 10:58:14 PM

I have tossed the idea around of building one but am not sure. I was thinking about buying something like this and adding some more ram and tuner card. How would this work or is there a better PC to buy for fairly cheap? Thanks

Processor: AMD Sempron LE-1300(2.30GHz)
Cache Per Processor: 512KB L2 Cache
Memory: 2GB DDR2 800
Hard Drive: 320GB SATA
Optical Drive 1: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics with 256MB integrated shared graphics memory. Up to 895MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows 7
Audio: Sound card - Integrated

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2010 12:28:30 AM

That could work as an HTPC. It's got low power consumption, which is your friend in the HTPC. Stick a GT220 in there, and voila.
February 10, 2010 2:58:50 AM

Currently using almost the Same set-up

CPU: AMD Athlon64 3200+ (2.00ghz)
MB: Asus M2N-MX SE(GF6100 onboard/Nforce430)
RAM: Patriot 2x1gb DDR2 800
HDD: Seagate 320gb SATA
MONITOR: Sony Bravia 42' LCD

OS: Win7 (Build 7100)
HT INTERFACE: XBMC v9.11(26017)
SKIN:Mediastream V1.00(26/04/2009 - SVN r2121)

currently running 1080i (PC INPUT), . . .
guessing running HDMI would change that to 1080p

Only thing i would say is run a DUAL CPU .. as it will work better for Video decoding etc....
Great little system works fine.....plays my Handbrake(x264) files fine and clear
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2010 3:15:30 AM

You sound like you're buying new parts. If so, the parts you've selected are kind of old tech. Look for an Intel i3 530 + H55 mobo or an AMD Regor + 785G if you are buying new.
February 10, 2010 3:32:28 AM

get a dual core either amd or intel, but at least a dual core chip.... I would suggest an e7400, or athlon x2, since it is fairly cheap, I would get a new mb though, for the graphics card/accelerator, a 9600gt or 9800gt for light gaming and great video/hd with an hdmi output is good enough and less than $80(around $60-70now). YOu can use your old ddr2 RAM as it is still good and your drive is decent...
February 10, 2010 4:06:34 AM

# AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core processor 250U
3.0GHz, 2MB L2 Cache
# 4GB (2 x 2048MB) DDR2 dual-channel memory (expandable to 8GB)
Enough memory to handle today's most memory-hungry applications
# 750GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
Store your music, videos, photos and documents with plenty of space to spare
# 16X DVD Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Play and create CDs and DVDs with this double-layer DVD/CD burner drive
# Wired Ethernet
Connect to a broadband modem with 10/100 Ethernet LAN
# NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE integrated graphics

Additional Features:
# Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
# 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x PS/2 ports, 1 x VGA port, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 6 x audio jacks, 1 x Ethernet (RJ-45) port
# 300W AC power supply included

i found a pc offering a little more. How would this system work ?