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Thread Starter 
My GF's dad had an old PC lying around so I got it.

Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz, Socket 478, Prescott
Dell mATX motherboard (3 PCI slots)
512MB
80GB Samsung Spinpoint
DVD-R Drive
250w PSU

I am thinking about getting an old ATI All-In-Wonder PCI card and upgrading the HD. Also, I would get a new case. Would this work well for a HTPC? HD decoding not needed.
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post #2 of 15
Should be fine. What is the gpu in it?
post #3 of 15
sure... if you get a new motherboard... u need to get a new PSU aswell...

get a good 5th gen HD tuner card for around 30-40 bucks and your golden...

make sure your new motherboard is dual channel and you have a matched pair of ram...
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post #4 of 15
What is the Dell model number?
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post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Probably the cheapest All-In-Wonder card I can find off Newegg.

It was a Dell Dimension 3000...
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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post #6 of 15
That basically beats the computer I got for $999 four years ago.

You got this for free. That's an INFINITE % decrease in price.

Atleast my GPU + RAM is better
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post #7 of 15
this thread is interesting, i am kind of in the same spot,

recent i acquired a pc:

p4 2.4ghz
400watt psu (unknown brand)
512 mb ram ddr pc2700
and 60gb hdd
geforce mx440 ??
dvd-rom
cd-rw

so i was also considering making a htpc, but i need a mobo because that is what died.

but anyways, i want to see where this thread goes, because i basically need the same advice..
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post #8 of 15
I had a Dell Dimension 3000 and sold it on Ebay for $300.
post #9 of 15
What exactly will you be using this HTPC for?
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post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
My other thought was to get a RAID controller and drop in a few HDs. I could make it just a file server.... or a HTPC+file server....

I need a digitial video recorder... to record SDTV shows/movies.

Hmmmm... what to do!
Once again...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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