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HTPC... which one to keep?

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Alright, so I just scored this Dell Optiplex 760 with 4GB of ram, 250GB HDD, and a 3.0ghz C2D processor, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, and 17" LCD for $150. It looks like this model with this config, would sell for at LEAST $300 on eBay, even without the monitor.

But, after doing a system restore and playing around with it, I'm really starting to like it. It's a prebuilt, yes, but it's small and sexy and quiet. My current HTPC is in a huge beige desktop-style (literally) case with a full ATX board. It's freaking ugly, and it is so large that I cannot even close the door of my TV cabinet.

My current HTPC has only 2GB of ram and a 1.86ghz C2D, but a better video card (Radeon 4650). I haven't really gamed on it in a while, mainly because the wireless keyboard/mouse aren't very conducive to gaming for whatever reason. Everything just feels a bit laggy. That said, I'd still like the option, and the 4650 wouldn't fit in this small case.

Parting out my current HTPC, I think I'd at best just get my money back. But it'd be a trade for a faster computer (except video) that actually fits in my TV cabinet, blends in with the other black devices, and doesn't look like it was from the early 90's. If I sold it, I could get $300-$400, which means a profit of $150-$250.

What would you do?
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If I were you, Id keep the small one since you already have a main Rig (Assuming you do) which can do most of your heavy computer needs, and sell the big HTPC.
   
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I used to have an HTPC almost identical to your original HTPC. Had an E6320, HD 4650, 2GB of RAM, etc., but I had my E6320 overclocked @ 2.8 GHz. Personally, I'd keep your original HTPC and overclock it if you need extra power. A 3.0 GHz Dual Core is way more power than you'd ever need for an HTPC, not to mention I despise pre-builds with their garbage motherboards and usually more garbage power supplies. With whatever money you make, you can just buy a decent mid-Tower case or an HTPC case that supports full width video cards not just low profile ones.
    
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Any money I made would go towards paying off debt. And the desktop-style case supports full width video cards - it's the prebuilt that does not. I can't overclock my current HTPC because there is no case cooling (remember, case from the 90's).

I usually despise prebuilts too, but this one is... different. So small, so yummy.
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