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Minimum Requirments for a media PC

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June 5, 2010 2:55:36 AM

I built my current desktop a while ago, and it's starting to show it's age. Right now I'm been using it as a media PC plugged into my LCD TV. But it's really not that hot of a media PC as I can't play HD video, plus sites like Hulu skip like crazy when played full screen. This CPU is an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ on an nForce2 Motherboard. It has 2GB of RAM, and an ATI Radeon 9800 video card.

Are there any upgrades I could purchase that would make this computer a respectable media pc? Or am I to limited by my old motherboard to even bother? I'm guessing the later as newegg doesn't even list Socket A processors anymore.




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June 5, 2010 4:21:45 AM

Only the latest gen AGP GPUs offer h/w acceleration, etc to be worthwhile HTPC/media cards ^^ These dun come cheap either :(  Our very own forums' however did get Blu Ray going back in '08 with a single core Sempron on the HD3200 IGP (780G chipset) but currently your options would be (cheapest)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-780g-chipset,17...

AthlonII X2
785G chipset/HD 4200 IGP
1-2GB RAM

If you need encoding on top of merely HTPC/media duty perhaps an AthlonIIX3/4 and 4GB RAM ^^
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