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I dug an old PC out of my closet the other day and got it up and running again. Its an intel core 2 duo (6600 I think) with an ATI 5750 gpu (w/ hdmi). Currently has 4g of ddr2 installed. Its on an Asrock ConroeXfire board. It has sata II ports, 1066 fsb and max 4g ram.

I had an H-50 sitting around and tossed that on fsag.

I plan to purchase a 1tb hd, wifi card, BD player, and some wireless controls.

It will be used mostly for netflix/hulu and the occasional red box bluray disc.

My questions:

Will this set up give me good performance at 1080p?

Should I consider picking up anything other accessories?
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post #2 of 7
1. Software wise correctly set up yes, hardware side more than enuff
2. To record/live tv : TV Tuner card
3. Hitting an 80+ bronze low wattage PSU would be a good idea
4. PDVD11 or TMT5 for Blu Ray software?
5. HTPC control would depend on what u like/functions (do u want to power up machine via remote or would waking up from S3 be enuff for example)
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post #3 of 7
It's a great system!

The HD 5750 has Blu-ray acceleration, along with Flash video acceleration, so you're good to go. It's even good enough for some gaming.

What OS are you going to use ? Windows 7's Media Center would be a nice addition.
 
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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post

What OS are you going to use ? Windows 7's Media Center would be a nice addition.

I have installed win 7 home premium.

@Trog- I didnt realize there was different BD software, I will have to look into it.
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post #5 of 7
Ya drop down AVS HTPC sub forums to seek out user's experience with the various Blu Ray software wink.gif
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post #6 of 7
I just use XBMC for media playback personally. Of course I have Windows 7 x64 as my OS too though, because I like to be able to rip and burn my own DVD's, and I can game on it too if I want to.

If you don't mind it only going to sleep and waking up from sleep, I'd suggest the Rosewill Media Center remote for $25 on newegg. if you need a keyboard and mouse, grab the GearHead wireless keyboard + touchpad combo (about $40 on newegg). Those are the only accessories I have on my HTPC's and they work beautifully.
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post #7 of 7
Another option for a remote would be Flirc. It's a little dongle that's essentially a keyboard that can be controlled by any IR remote. You'd just have to look up the keyboard shortcuts and program them to whatever buttons you want to use. Depending on your BIOS, you might be able to turn on the system with it (if the BIOS supports powering on via a USB keyboard).
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