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I'd like to join Netflix and watch some of the movies that they can automatically download to the PC for instant viewing. I Also plan to watch DVD's, listen to music, etc.

I have a sentimental system. In fact it's the first PC I ever built, so I'd like to keep it around and make it useful. It's an AMD socket 754 system comprising of:

AMD Sempron 2800+
Biostar TForce 6100-754 mobo
SoundBlaster Audigy 2.0 value
2 gigs of Team Memory DDR500
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Leadtek 6600TD video card
Coolermaster Centurion case
2-160 gig WD Hard drives run in RAID-1

I figure I may have to replace the video card with a 8600 but I'm not sure which monitor I'll go with so I don't yet know the needed resolution. I figure a 36-42" LCD plasma, and would like to be able to do 1920x1200. I may also upgrade to the 3200+ CPU with 512 KB cache instead of the 256kb I have now with the Sempron, unless I come across a good deal on a 3700+ or something else with more cache.

Is it worth it? I hate to see this PC collect dust.
    
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Yeah, that PC would work absolutely GREAT as an HTPC. I'd recommend you get an ATI HD2600 graphics card for it...those are usually the best for HTPC use. Other than that....that rig will work wonders for what you want it to do.
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Any PC can be a HTPC.

HDTV resolutions only go up to 1920x1080. If you want to do HD video, get a HD3470 or HD3450 (assuming PCIe mobo). That's all you need. The video card will do all the decoding work and your CPU won't be maxed out.
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Any PC can be a HTPC.

HDTV resolutions only go up to 1920x1080. If you want to do HD video, get a HD3470 or HD3450 (assuming PCIe mobo). That's all you need. The video card will do all the decoding work and your CPU won't be maxed out.
Oops, I meant 1920x"1080", not 1200 (duh! on my part). I like the prices on the 3450's better than the 8600's. Which company is a good one for ATI chipset?
    
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Any PC can be a HTPC.

HDTV resolutions only go up to 1920x1080. If you want to do HD video, get a HD3470 or HD3450 (assuming PCIe mobo). That's all you need. The video card will do all the decoding work and your CPU won't be maxed out.
I COMPLETELY forgot about the new HD 34xx series!! There's also the 36xx series as well, but I do believe those would be more money that would be almost a waste of money for a HTPC rig. I gotta remember that from now on!

As a side note:
I've ran a PIII 900MHz, 256MB RAM, FX5200 as an HTPC rig just fine. I don't do any High Definition content though since I only have old school CRT TV's. Just to give you an idea though of what you really NEED for an HTPC.

The high def content however....you really just need some sort of modern CPU (754 or 478 or higher), and a HD26xx or HD3xxx graphics card, and I'm assuming 1-2GB RAM.
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Oops, I meant 1920x"1080", not 1200 (duh! on my part). I like the prices on the 3450's better than the 8600's. Which company is a good one for ATI chipset?
HIS, Sapphire, GeCube....pretty much whoever's cheapest really. They're all good. HIS and Sapphire are my first choices however based off what I hear.
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So if I get THIScard, I'll be all set to run my future HDTV?

Any recommendations on a good, cheap, no holds barred TV Tuner?
    
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Originally Posted by kaxx View Post
So if I get THIScard, I'll be all set to run my future HDTV?

Any recommendations on a good, cheap, no holds barred TV Tuner?
If you're motherboard supports PCI express, then yes that video card will work fine. Now I would personally feel better suggesting this card instead, however DuckieHo knows his HTPC stuff....so I'd trust what he has to say. But yeah, if you're motherboard supports PCIe, then that card will work great.

Also....don't know if this matters to you or not, but you may want to look into an HTPC case as well. Just a suggestion.
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post #9 of 22
Of course, u can try to find an ATI "All-in-Wonder" card. It's basically a video card + TV Tuner combined into one card. Not sure if they still have em anymore..
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9600gt is a great budget card if your system can run it
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