I have an old Compaq Presario from 2007 that is going to be collecting dust after I build a new computer. I want to turn it into a Home theater computer. Not full on home theater I have a 6.1 surround sound system and a 1080p tv. I mostly just want to use it to play fansubbed cartoons or browse the web on the tv. I'm thinking of just adding a minimal graphics card with an HDMI output and a wireless network card.
I thought that they would break easily as well but i've had good luck with them. I'll do the internal though. Any opinion on the graphics card? Also I just finished watching "The Grey" so your name and avatar gave me a chuckle.