Reusing a 3 years old PC as HTPC (1 Viewer)

Is this configuration enough?

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simonech

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April 20, 2005
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Hello,
I'm quite new on this forum, but it's a long time since I was planning to build an HTPC when I move to my new home.

Now I've got a 3 years old PC, but I want to buy a new one after I relocate, because I'm a developer and VisualStudio 2005 is making my old PC struggling :D

I was thinking to use my old PC as mediacenter, so I'm posting here the HW configuration asking for an advice from you HW gurus.

  • Pentium IV 1.6Ghz
  • 512Mb RAM (but thinkining of buying 512 more)
  • HDD Maxtor 7.2rpm 40GB
    HDD Maxtor 7.2rpm 20GB
    (thinking of adding a 160GB HDD as archive)
  • NEC 1300 DVD burner
  • ATI Radeon AIW with in and out and TV tuner
  • Soundblaster Live 5.1
  • 2 FireWire
  • 5 USB

Do you think this configuration is enough, do I've to change something or just think of installing linux and find some less demanding HTPC SW?
 

Lyxalig

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  • January 30, 2005
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    Looks great.

    I don't know about the AIW.. with what chip.

    Make shure to use a decent graphics-card. DX9 hardware support.

    For example radeon 9550..

    Cheers
     
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    namaste3

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    PIII 933 w/512

    You should be fine. If you have fast disks, totally defragged (especially for the media store), then everything should sing. I'm using my old HP Kayak XM 600 as a HTPC, and it does just fine.

    2 cents.

    - jr
     

    simonech

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    April 20, 2005
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    I got it

    Ok,
    thank you...
    from this answers I see that P4, 1.6GHz, with 512MB Ram will be fine
    adding other 512 will be a plus.

    The thing I need to change is the graphic card (AIW has many problems with MP because doesn't support many TV features as implemented in MP).

    Then I've to convert the ugly white mid-tower case in something more appealing for the living room :lol:
     

    wishywashy

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    January 31, 2005
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    Look at my sig. Mine is all left overs I had laying around from various upgrades. However, I am not sure (like the others here) about the AIW. I have been a NVIDIA fan after my Banshee died on me.
     

    rtv

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    well but you can only use the tv-out dedicated to this hardware card :-/
     

    Bosso

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    December 16, 2004
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    SpaceProtector said:
    I'm running MP with a Duron 750 and HW tv card, that's totally enough. Sometimes it's a bit slow when browsing music though.

    I run a similar system. works fine. cant fast forward with the 2x, 4x 8x speed playback, but OK to just jump +15, +1min etc.

    I will probably update the graphic card to be able to use VMR in the future.
     

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