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Budget HTPC build. Needing some advice.

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I've been wanting to build an HTPC for a loooong time, but never got around to doing it. Now it's time, and I have decided (My wife has decided. frown.gif ) I don't want to spend much to do it. I've been using a PS3 as a media server for almost 2 years. (Netflix and PS3 Media Server for streaming.) So I figure even a cheap HTPC will be a big step up.

So far this is what I have to work with:

  • SilverStone Lascala Series LC01 Case
  • SILVERSTONE SST-ST400 PSU (No 6-pin PCIe power for some reason.)
  • Mobo from a Dell Inspiron 537. (Not the 537s.) Can't recall what board it is. Intel G41 Chipset.
  • Intel Celeron
  • 2 gigs DDR2. 2x1gb
  • Random DVD drives, hard drives, cables and fans. ( The usual box-O-extra stuff.)

So what I need help with are the following.

  1. What CPU should I replace the Celeron with? Far as I know, it can handle up to a Core 2 Quad, but I don't think I need that much push for watching shows, movies, and recording TV.
  2. Would the Celeron be enough?
  3. What GPU should I get? I just need HDMI. Won't be gaming. Needs to be as cheap as possible yet function well enough. Not opposed to buying used. The on board graphics only have VGA.
  4. Will 2 gigs of memory be enough, or should I double it?
  5. Are molex to 6-pin adapters safe to use? Read a few things about cards getting under/over-powered and going out, but it was never proven it was the adapter.
  6. What OS? The PC I took the board, cpu and ram out of was running Vista. (*gags a little*)
  7. Are there any front ends that can run Netflix without going into the OS?
  8. Suggest a cheap TV card. Just need to record OTA and basic cable.

Currently, I'm sitting on $100 to spend on parts.
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This video card should be probably more than enough and the price is great AR.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338

That celeron might be enough, but not with Vista. I would try to get a really cheap Athlon II x2 and motherboard, but might not leave you room to buy the TV card/tunner.
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This video card should be probably more than enough and the price is great AR.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131338

That celeron might be enough, but not with Vista. I would try to get a really cheap Athlon II x2 and motherboard, but might not leave you room to buy the TV card/tunner.

Thanks!

I actually just got a GeForce 210 for $5. I'll give this one a shot and see how it does.

I really don't want to buy a new board and CPU since the board I have will do fine.
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