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November 2, 2012 12:52:34 PM

Hi all, I've used the forum a lot to figure out what to do next, but I am at a crossroad now, and would love some advice.

I currently have a home built HTPC, which is starting to show it's age (and constantly run to loudly). I was hoping you all could recommend a good upgrade, trying to salvage whichever of these parts I have to save money. I know that many of it is yesteryear's components, but all I use this PC for is watching movies/streaming video.

My main problem with my current build is noise. The fans run high all the time, while my components still seem to be hot (IE: GPU @ 51 degrees, CPU at 45).

Case: APEVIA Black / Silver SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-AL/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case (

Mobo: ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ( )

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 940

Graphics: MSI R4550-MD1GH Radeon HD 4550 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low
Profile Ready Video Card (

Memory: Wintec AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (

Any advice would be helpful. What would your next upgrade of this be?

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November 2, 2012 1:17:53 PM

You don't need to upgrade your cpu, as it's still great. Maybe you could replace some fans, which you said were loud.

If I were you, I would upgrade the graphics card. A cheap 6670 will be okay, or a 650 or 7770.