Looking for feedback on an update to my HTPC. This update is exclusively for an HTPC - no gaming. Web browsing only for YouTube and Pandora type sites. WMC 7 and iTunes for media. I'm having significant BSOD issues, now even white screen of death issues, and am going to replace the MB and Processor. I'm considering:
Your current system is actually a little bit better than my setup:
Case - NMediaPC 200BA HTPC Case
Power Supply - PC Power and Cooling 500 watt modular (overkill, but got it on sale).
Motherboard - ASRock 760GM-GS3 MicroATX AM3
CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 250 (actually, it currently has a 240 installed with an oversized heatsink. The upgrade comes this weekend).
RAM - G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333
Hard Drive 1 - 250GB HDD (don't remember the brand)
Hard Drive 2 - Samsung F3 SpinPoint 1TB HDD (Located in separate system for storage)
Optical Drive - LG Blu-Ray 12x
Graphics card - Sapphire Radeon HD4670
TV Tuner - Ceton Corp InfiniTV4 Quad-Tuner PCI-Ex1
While I'm not running ITunes, I don't have any problems with this system. I would expect yours to run even better (though you don't list how much RAM you have installed).
Concerning your B/W-SOD's, I'd probably look at doing a full re-installation of Windows 7 before spending any money.
But, what's jumping out at me is the amount of RAM installed and the power supply. If you only have 2GB of RAM installed, I'd definitely up that to 4GB. If that power supply is getting flaky (not what I'd consider a top of the line PSU), it could be the cause of your headaches.
One last thought would be how much space is left available on your Hard Drive.
I'm running 8GB of RAM (4 x 2GB) and actually have three HDD. The drive listed is OS and Recorded TV, then have two additional 2TB drives for recorded content (movies, etc.). OS and Recorded TV drive has about 150 GB remaining of 2TB. The other two each have about 400 GB of 2TB remaining.
I know this may sound silly, but see if you can't open up more space on your OS hard drive. Seems to me that performance always drops off if a hard drive has less than 25% available space. Your OS drive is down to 7.5% available space...
Thanks for the advice Wolfshadow - I took your advice and freed up HDD space on the OS drive. I also tested the memory and found that two of my four 2GB sticks are bad. Tested a known good 2GB stick in each DIMM slot to confirm no MB issues.