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April 17, 2012 7:45:31 AM

Hello all, my existing specs are:

MB: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
CPU: Core 2 duo E6300
2 gig DDR2
GC: Ati Radeon 2600xt
HDD: 2 320g
xp home

I built this possibly four or five years ago as an HTPC but since then hasnt been upgraded as i havnt had the need. I now wish to enter the world of blue ray and full hd output to larger tv, but would also like to dabble in a little gaming,

So my question is as the rig is primarily HTPC is it worth keeping the existing mobo and cpu and upgrading with better graphics card and more ram, or gutting the case and starting again?

Thankyou for your time. :hello: 
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 7:51:19 AM

for an HTPC just add a graphics card
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 7:53:09 AM

I think it would be more cost effective to scrap and rebuild. DDR2 is now more expensive than higher capacity DDR3. So that hits the price. You'll need more RAM to dabble with a little gaming.

For an HTPC, Llano is the way to go. Windows7 to pair with it would be ideal, you don't need a stand alone graphics card, however you can add a cheap one to give it a little extra boost, although again its not necessary.


Motherboard- $65

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

CPU + Graphics- $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- $47 8GB (4GB*2)

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

Power- $45

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

Windows 7 $100- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $397

Note: This price doesn't include a case, CD/DVD drive nor a hard drive (this figure assumes you reuse these.)
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 10:18:56 AM

why would a media player need even 2 gig of RAM ?
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 10:26:03 AM

He said he wanted to play games with it too. 2 Gigs of RAM and Windows XP kinda hinders that especially considering the llano can handle modern games.

My mother has an old computer that had 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM with Vista, that thing could barely handle her dumb farmville til she had me come over and stick 4gigs in it.

Not only media player, but hell Netflix streaming can overwhelm 2 gigs.



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April 17, 2012 10:39:21 AM

Rattles said:
Hello all, my existing specs are:

MB: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
CPU: Core 2 duo E6300
2 gig DDR2
GC: Ati Radeon 2600xt
HDD: 2 320g
xp home

I built this possibly four or five years ago as an HTPC but since then hasnt been upgraded as i havnt had the need. I now wish to enter the world of blue ray and full hd output to larger tv, but would also like to dabble in a little gaming,

So my question is as the rig is primarily HTPC is it worth keeping the existing mobo and cpu and upgrading with better graphics card and more ram, or gutting the case and starting again?

Thankyou for your time. :hello: 

specs apart from video card are fine for that purpose if your hdd isnt short on space the majority of decode for the hd and bluray is done on the gpu with minimal cpu usage get a 6 or 7 series amd/ati, near base model will be fine and this will cover you for 3d bluray (tv /software dependant of course) aswell so long as you dont wanna double it as a games machine its fine. i have an amd athlonx2 4200+ (like 2 or 3 yrs older than your e6300 and it does full hd and bluray fine i cant vouch for 3d cos i dont have a 3d tv but it should be technically possible. i only have 1 gig of ram in it too and the only effect that seems to have is that its a bit slow sorting my movie and music collection ( its pretty big) dont let anyone say u need a new rig for a htpc. gaming is hard to say depends on the game bf3 requirements are alot higher than starcraft.
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