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Converting older gaming rig to an HTPC

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  1. ryanomac

    ryanomac New Member

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    I needs some advise guys. Im converting my old gaming rig to a HTPC. I would like to reuse as much of it as possible, but im not really sure what to keep and watch to ditch. I want to drop the PSU due to a loud fan and it not being modular


    Current parts are

    PQI TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

    SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

    Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply

    Asus HD4850

    ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Pentium 4 650 Prescott 3.4GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 84W Single-Core Processor


    Ok so now for parts that I dont have

    I will need a new chasis, as I dont want to have my crappy old mid tower sitting next to my TV so..

    SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GD01B-R ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail

    CPU Fan do to the current one being a older/loud stock CPU cooler
    Rosewill RCX-Z775-LX 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail


    If I do swap out the PSU
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface

    The Chassis, CPU fan, PSU, and TV card put the price of the build at just under $350 bucks. Im willing to spend about $500, so I have a little room to play with if you guys see something that should be added/changed. So there are the basics of the build. Ive built 3 PCs for my own personal use, but im completely clueless when it come to the TV tuners. I definalty want to be able to record and watch 2 separate channels, so I guess that means I will need a dual tuner card. I would also like to be able to pause and rewind live TV, I dont know if that would require anything special or different so I wanted to throw it in there. I have windows XP64 Pro, and im planning on using Media Portal. Ok guys so thats basically it. Please give me any advice/critisim you have
     
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  2. YinYang.ERROR

    YinYang.ERROR New Member

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    More information would be nice. Like what is your old gaming rigs specs?
     
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    Specs ? :rolleyes: lol I mean we could guess but listing them would be easier :toast:
     
  4. ryanomac

    ryanomac New Member

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    lol sorry posted by accident
     
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    lol ok then
     
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    as long as u use it purely for htpc and no gaming, you can keep the mobo, the ram (altough another set of 2gb wouldnt hurt), the videocard and the processor. I would suggest ask to asus if that mobo support core 2 arquitecture so u can put a pentium dual core on it.
     

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