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I have a Dell XPS400 that is about 6 years old. It is a Pentium D (Dual Core), 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB DDR2 Ram, with Windows 7 loaded on it. Will this work for a HTPC? I have bought a HD Homerun to use with my OTA feed.
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I have a Dell XPS400 that is about 6 years old. It is a Pentium D (Dual Core), 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB DDR2 Ram, with Windows 7 loaded on it. Will this work for a HTPC? I have bought a HD Homerun to use with my OTA feed.

AGP or PCI video card?
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The XPS 400 is PCI Express.

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yes it will work, at present i use an old 865 chipset P4 ht 3.0 with agp card and 1 gb ddr, win 7 32bit, it works well, br is left for standalone player.
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Depending on the video card in it, you may want to upgrade to something with hardware MPEG2 decoding, as that will help lower CPU load.
Also, some motherboards that took a Pentium D can also drive a Core2 - if this can, that would be a good upgrade

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I guess ideally I do have not want to put any additional money in to it....plus I do not have the know how...
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I have a 6 year old Dell Optiplex GX620 Small Form Factor Pentium D 2.8ghz with 3gb of DDR2. I put a $25 Radeon 5450 video card in it (Even you can do it, and it takes about 5 minutes). It depends on what you want to do with it, but it works fine for streaming and playing back video or playing DVDs.

I don't know what's required for the HD Homerun.

Put it this way. That Pentium D is a stronger processor than a brand new Atom or E-350.

I used a 512gb HIS Silence 5450, but any brand should be fine. Buy whatever 5450 card is cheapest. Sometimes they're under $20. You WILL want to put in a new video card.

I wouldn't sink a lot of money into it, but it is certainly worth a $25 upgrade.
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What video card is in it?

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