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January 20, 2011 1:35:16 PM

I am converting this desktop into a media center PC. I've already tested it, and it works perfectly - decodes full 1080p - even streams a full Blu-ray rip.

Below are the specs on the PC. It is currently in a mini-tower case. I am planning on getting an HTPC case, something like this one, which I think will work (let me know if it won't):

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Aluminum-Steel-Computer-GD05B/dp/B0036WTDGQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295537365&sr=8-1


The current PSU is very, very loud. I'd like to put something quiet in there when I make the move to the new case.

Thanks for the advice. Choosing a PSU always confuses me - too many different options, sizes, connectors, etc.

Specs:

HP a1747C (Athlon 64X2 4600)

CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103751

Motherboard
Asus PASUS A8M2N-LA
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00757531&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=ca&product=3356598&key=null&site=null#N52

Graphics Card
ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121310
January 20, 2011 2:32:02 PM

The ATI Radeon™ HD 4300 Series System Requirements: 300 Watt or greater power supply.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

The case can fit a standard ATX power supply. The PSU choice can be confusing. I only recommend name brands, something I'd use in my pc. The question are what is your budget & where do you shop? I'll give you something to start with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EarthWatts wins hands down in quality dept. You can't get it brand new at that price without shipping anywhere else. However, Sparkle has a 120mm thermal-controlled fan. Gen-speak, the bigger the fan, the quieter is.
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January 20, 2011 2:38:23 PM

Thanks. This is very helpful. I was hoping to spend $25-$50.

My concerns were: (1) enough power, (2) quiet, (3) fits

You addressed #1 and #3, and the reviews support #2.

Thanks for the help.

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