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can i make a decent HTPC with those parts?

post #1 of 5
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Howdy,

I never built an HTPC before, only powerful OC'ed gaming rigs with higher-end gfx solutions.

Now I have some hand me down+ spares parts that I have. Tell me if I can do anything good with this.

-Antec sonata case+ 380 watts antec PSU
-Intel E6420 C2D
-Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 GLORIOUS OLDIE GOLDIE
-2 x 1GB Mushkin RAM DDR2
-MSI GTX 560TI 1GB with mini HDMI + Mini-to-regular adapter for full size HDMI
-An old 120GB HDD

If decent enough I could:

-Use a LINUX variant for OS (free)
-Buy an SSD for a boot drive (how much for a LINUX OS for a boot drive? 64GB? 120GB?)
-Maybe grab a cheapo bluray drive
- A wireless keyboard

I don't want to play games on the TV, it's a 60" plasma 1080P, I was thinking just to play internet content on it.


OR

Just STFUUU and Use my Samsung 60" plasma SMART TV features( got a dual core cpu in there), plug-in an internet cable in it, and call it quits
post #2 of 5
Windows HTPC applications would need 4GB RAM to run reliably. I don't have any experience with Linux so I can't say for sure whether 2GB will be enough or too little (I think the Linux overhead is much smaller than Windows so you might be OK). The only concern would be whether your HDD is too old and on the verge of failure. I you are not looking to store anything and it looks like you just want to stream, you could pick up a new HDD or a small SSD for the OS. From a Windows perspective, assuming you are not going to load any other programs, a 64GB SSD would work just fine for Internet purposes.

Given you have all the parts on hand, just build it and see if it works OK!thumb.gif
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100% agreed on the HDD. A 3-4TB drive would be good, especially if that HTPC would be used to store media.

Thanks for your reply!
post #4 of 5
That will work fine with Linux for what you want to do. The GPU is way overkill for just media play back. Also screen size has nothing to do with how powerful of a GPU you need, resolution only matters.
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That should be decent for HD video. My first HTPC was less powerful than that and it did just fine. I started with 2GB of ram and it was ok. Jumping to 4GB helped a lot.
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