Originally Posted by SpeedNuggeT
no it's fine.
My HTPC is a 3.2ghz pentium D and a 4670 and it runs 1080P flawlessly.
I wasn't clear, the Pentium D is fine for the task, it's just that it uses more power, but since he already said he has a quiet cooler, then it's fine. I was only saying to get a Conroe based CPU because they are more suited. I once bought a Pentium E2140 from ebay and not only was it very cheap, but it idles at super low temperatures with the stock cooler, which spins at min rpm's (aroun 800 rpm's, which makes it very quiet)
Originally Posted by eskamobob1
dont go bashing pentium Ds
... mine will run Crysis at 80FPS on medium settings... it can definitely handle 1080p video
as for the GPU, stay away from gt 210s
... they are horrible cards... i have one and i will vogue for that.. i dont know much about ATI so i wont comment on those, but i would get something along the lines of an 8800 or a 240... anything higher than a 260 should just scream streaming 1080p
I'm not bashing the Pentium D's man! Look at the thread in my sig
I'm a Pentium 4 guy
Originally Posted by Argosy
I already have a quiet cpu cooler on there so I'm good on that front.
A new CPU is out of the question as I don't really want to invest in a lga775 cpu, though I could but a new gpu for it. Would this GT520
If I bought that 520 would I be good?
As i wrote above, my suggestion was only because I was concerned about the noise it would make, but since you have a quiet CPU cooler, then it's alright.
Yes, that passive Asus GT520 would be a fine card. The GT 430 suggested is also a good card (it actually performs better than the GT520), but I would personally chose a passive model. These cards that come with tiny fans are a bit noisy for a Media Center. I once bought a Gigabyte HD4670 for my Media Center with one of those fans and ended up replacing the heatsink+fan.