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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Firstly I know that this is an OC forum, even HTPC is a non-OC unit I still thinks this is the best place where ppl knows best about PCs. Thanking all for ur advice in advance.

I've done abit of research & came to understands that a good HTPC would be better than any Media Player.
Am I right?

I don't have any idea about building a HTPC.
Advice needed on all parts. USD1k should be enough I guess for HTPC.
I could go up to 2k...

Use the old PC or get a new one(pls see below)?
Any advice to change or top up?

Old parts in hand:
e8400
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo
Mushkin 1066 DDR2 2x 2GB
GTX260
Silverstone ST56F
CM690

I guess that just top up an SSD for OS & change casing should be okay...
I hate to wait for start ups. Would the SSD helps?
Also pls advice best build for now. Considering giving the old PC to my cousin...
Edited by LoneWolf - 3/21/11 at 12:40pm
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post #2 of 7
Those parts are overkill for a HTPC. But I mean, if you have them, most certainly use them. If you don't have to spend money you don't have to, by all means. Don't.
post #3 of 7
Those parts are great, you should check out the HTPC section for more build ideas. But what you have is good enough already, maybe get a new case, but don't spend more money on it.
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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
O... been over 2 year on & off this forum. Don't even realized that there's a section for HTPC. How to move this post there?
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post #5 of 7
I don't think you would really need a SSD for a HTPC, but if you want pure performance....than why not.

I personally would get a new case, a BluRay drive, and a large hard drive and be done with it. My HTPC has a E2200 and a HD4650, and I playback any format out there just fine at 1080p. Heck, with your setup you could play most games at 1080p just fine.
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post #6 of 7
I would just use the parts you have. I also wouldn't bother getting a SSD for a HTPC. A good Spinpoint F3 for OS and a few 2TB WD Greens for storage would do you fine. All that would probably cost about the same as a good quality SSD.
    
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys....

Guess that it's top up HDD, casing, keyboard... If I finds a used SSD(40-60GB) then I'll get it...

Now it's the question on which casing & remote keyboard.
C ya all at HTPC section:
http://www.overclock.net/htpc/970922...l#post12815362
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