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I've got an old computer just sitting here doing nothing. It's an old Intel 945 motherboard with a P4 3.2 with hyper threading cpu. If I throw in a ati 5450 or 5500 gpu and a larger hard drive would it make a decent HTPC?
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what are your PSU specs?? you may not be able to run the gpu
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Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post
what are your PSU specs?? you may not be able to run the gpu
Oh please, it's an HD 5450. Power consumption is like 20~25W tops. Even a PicoPSU-120W should handle it.
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what are your PSU specs?? you may not be able to run the gpu
I will be putting it in this case.....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811325002
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by jnd426 View Post
I will be putting it in this case.....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811325002
Nice.

I'm seeing a flaw though. The PSU is exhausting air out the bottom. And then not far from it is a vent. So the air exhausted will more than likely get sucked back into that vent causing it to get warmer each time. If I got that case, I'd be putting something in between the PSU and that vent on the bottom just to keep that from happening. Just my 2 cents.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Krusher33 View Post
Nice.

I'm seeing a flaw though. The PSU is exhausting air out the bottom. And then not far from it is a vent. So the air exhausted will more than likely get sucked back into that vent causing it to get warmer each time. If I got that case, I'd be putting something in between the PSU and that vent on the bottom just to keep that from happening. Just my 2 cents.
Yes. I'd already thought of that. Great catch though...
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post
what are your PSU specs?? you may not be able to run the gpu


Neither of those cards require any more power than the PCI-E lane provides... It will be fine.
post #8 of 11
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All I need to know is if I put in a HD 5450 and a blu ray drive will the hardware handle 720P in Boxee and Blu ray play back. Or do I need to buy a new motherboard and cpu? The rig seems to run windows 7 fine but occasionally I get choppy video in boxee.
Edited by jnd426 - 1/6/11 at 10:01am
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krusher33 View Post
Nice.

I'm seeing a flaw though. The PSU is exhausting air out the bottom. And then not far from it is a vent. So the air exhausted will more than likely get sucked back into that vent causing it to get warmer each time. If I got that case, I'd be putting something in between the PSU and that vent on the bottom just to keep that from happening. Just my 2 cents.
^^ that, and the case is too small, and I doubt that micro PSU can even cool itself let alone the case. I see one 80mm fan on the top .It will help. Your Prescott and passively cooled 5450 will cook in that too small of a case. Maybe they had in mind AMD Fusion when they built it.
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^^ that, and the case is too small, and I doubt that micro PSU can even cool itself let alone the case. I see one 80mm fan on the top .It will help. Your Prescott and passively cooled 5450 will cook in that too small of a case. Maybe they had in mind AMD Fusion when they built it.
I will look into other case options. Thanks. I want to make sure the hardware i sufficient then I'll worry about the case. Good advice though. Thanks again.
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i5 2500k Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 GTX 560 Ti G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series  
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Corsair 650TX CM Storm Scout 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1 TB F3,F3 250 gig Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 64 bit 22" Acer 1650x1050 
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Corsair 650TX CM Storm Scout 
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