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Hello All, I was recently on craigslist and picked up this computer to use as my bedroom HTPC. I bought it for $125 which is a steal imo (plus nothing was wrong with it, the hdd went bad the guy sent it to Gateway and they replaced it). It plays 1080p files perfectly with the intergrated graphics. I am wondering if I should buy a video card or not to.

Here are the specs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883113124
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I would say, if it plays 1080p files perfectly, why would you need a vid card? Unless you are planning on gaming at all with it, just save your money and keep it the way it is. Nice little setup you got going on there though.
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Ok, thanks for the info. Im also kinda worried about the power supply in it, it currently has a 220w PSU. Should I upgrade it to something a lil more powerful? I was thinking about buying this one to give it a big boost of power:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817338063
Edited by daveojr77 - 6/22/11 at 1:38pm
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How old of a computer is that?
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If your not adding a Video Card to it then theres no reason to put a bigger psu in it.
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I'd say, if it runs, don't throw any more money at it! If down the line the PSU fails, then it's time for an upgrade.
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Ok, thanks for the info. I was just worried that it would't have enough power. Thanks again.
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Ok, im going to use this as my desktop and strip my curernt dectop and make a HTPC from those parts.

I know this is a bit off topic but what would the max amount of items that a 220watt PSU can manage? Im going to use it for torrents, browsing the internet, itunes and use my magic jack phone on it. Im not going to game or do anything heavy on it. Would that be safe on this PSU?
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