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Hi, I wanted to know if it was possible to get a decent HTPC for less than 400$.

I have an old Asus LGA775 P5 mATX mobo and an E6300 Could that be reused for an HTPC ? and also what kind of graphics card do i need ? I'd like to be able to watch HD res video via HDMI.

so here's what I have and might be reusing if possible :
-430W Corsair PSU
- Core 2 E6300
- Asus LGA775 mATX mobo
- 2TB WD Green caviar


Can you guys help me please ?
Edited by Jomboh - 12/25/10 at 1:48pm
post #2 of 31
Throw in a HD5450, 2 gigs of RAM, a case, a smaller HDD for the OS and the OS and your good to go.

That e6300 is a bit overkill, but if you have it, why not.
Edited by blupupher - 12/25/10 at 5:09pm
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Throw in a HD5450, 2 gigs of RAM, a case, a smaller HDD for the OS and the OS and your good to go.

That e6300 is a bit overkill, but if you have it, why not.
are u serious ? someone told me i might need a amd x4 because some asian movie are badly encoded making it harder for the CPU or something ... im not too sure but thats why i asked o.o

edit : talking about korean dramas etc ... my parents are into that lol
post #4 of 31
Yea, with a decent video card (like the 5450) you could probably get by with a Sempron 140. That dual core is plenty.
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i can run win7 "okay" with that green caviar right ? i dont feel like buying a boot drive just for the htpc
post #6 of 31
Windows will run fine with the Green Cavier, you will hardly notice a difference.
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post #7 of 31
Like blupupher said, you already have e6300, add a 5xxx such as 5450 and ready to go. Green caviar should be fine.
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i can run win7 "okay" with that green caviar right ? i dont feel like buying a boot drive just for the htpc
You'd be fine with that too, I'd say just partition it off.
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Yea, the OS will run fine on the green, just a personal preference. I mean ~$35 for a cheap 160-250 gig drive is not that big of an expense. I just don't like sharing my data drive with the OS drive.
I guess you could just partition the drive.
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post #10 of 31
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Ohh but with the E6300 i wont be able to run win7 64bit right ? ... I kinda lost my 32bit installation CD ... only have the 64bit >.> I dunno if i can download it tho .. i have a cd key for activation anyways
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