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HTPC/MCE Upgrade

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by dubs, 27 Jul 2006.

  1. dubs


    Joined: 11 Oct 2004

    Posts: 757

    Location: Buckley, North Wales.

    I want to turn my lil baby into a HTPC the spec as it stands is as follows

    MSI K8N neo2 plat
    AMD 3200 winnie
    X800XT (AGP)
    1 Gig Corsair
    1x 36 Gig raptor Main Drive
    1x 160 Gig Storage drive (music, pictures etc..)
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs
    2x 120mm Delta fans (loud :( )
    Pio dvd writer
    Hyper Type R PSU
    Windows XP Home

    all housed in an Akasa Eclipse case at the moment, was built christmas 2004 and has run like a dream never missing a beat!

    now i understand i need a TV card of some sorts which i dont know as there all new to me so need help there

    as for games i dont really play them anymore except for HL2 and DoW plus i have an Xbox360 for general gaming.

    dont really wanna spend much if possible, just make it quieter/silent and add in a TV card.

    as for the case i can live with that for now as it matches everything else in the pit

    any advice or suggestions please?


    Craig :cool:
  2. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    Ditch the raptor, PSU and delta fans. Fit passive HS onto mobo southbridge. Is the videocard cooler loud? Need a remote control also. Use speed reduction utility on the Pioneer
  3. dubs


    Joined: 11 Oct 2004

    Posts: 757

    Location: Buckley, North Wales.

    raptor is actually quiet! shocking i know but i hardly hear it

    gfx isnt that loud either not clocked jsut running standard speeds

    got any suggestions for fans or the PSU? things change so much and so quickly in this market!

    passive heat sink onto the south bridge! not that brave!!