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No, at $65 such a graphics card is not worth it. Go instead for a new AM2(+) motherboard with HD capable integrated graphics. Not only would it cost the same or less, but consume less power. And you can resell your old mobo on the marketplace or craigslist.

MSI 785GT-E63 - $65 shipped, $50 after rebate


It's not a whitebox HTPC I bet... I'd put my money on a Staples HP special.

If your looking for a new HTPC in a small form factor I'd checkout the Zotac Zboxs with AMD E-350 and Hudson H1

ZBOX-AD02-U with no optical

ZBOX-AD03BR-U with optical

I've deployed those as cheap office machines and they come wtih what appears to be a quality motherboard with jap solid caps etc. I believe Zotac has a history of making industrial motherboards though I could be wrong...

Asus also makes an E-350 hudson with total passive cooling and more SATA that sure looks interesting. That might be a better choice with your own case and PSU.

It's called the ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE and if I was building a low power HTPC that's the board I'd use.

In Europe I saw one used with XBMC and a CI interface for digital TV using a DVB-S and T card. No analog capture BS for HTPC PVR functality. Full XBMC with PVR functionality. VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE HTPC PLATFORM

Of course it was running on Linux and I don't know what PVR software was being used inside the XMBC 10-foot UI but all I can say is imagine XBMC UI with Boxee streaming features and a PVR with full 100% digital capture including HDTV and a FANTASTIC looking guide. That's basically what is was...
Edited by HiroPro - 8/14/11 at 8:16pm
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No, at $65 such a graphics card is not worth it. Go instead for a new AM2(+) motherboard with HD capable integrated graphics. Not only would it cost the same or less, but consume less power. And you can resell your old mobo on the marketplace or craigslist.

MSI 785GT-E63 - $65 shipped, $50 after rebate
Now that looks like a feasible solution. It also leaves better upgrade paths for the cpu as well.

One thing to think about though is whether or not that mb will fit into the e-machines case.
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I'm guessing it's a flex ATX motherboard since they are used commonly in small form factor PCs and HTPCs. Replacing the motherboard in this system may not be possible since FLEX ATX motherboards are uncommon in both physical and online stores. I'm thinking that all you need is an Athlon 64 X2. It costs about $54 shipped


I tested the Nvidia 6150se on my dad's computer (which is also a low-profile emachines), and it handles 1080p well. However, because of the motherboard, it may be underclocked and the shared video ram may be limited by the bios. Try removing the CMOS battery for 15 seconds and put it back in and see if it resets the allocated video memory so the PC can play HD video. If it doesn't work, then the CPU is most likely the problem.
Edited by ProdigyWolf - 8/15/11 at 11:20am
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