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post #1 of 2 Old 01-16-2013, 12:41 PM - Thread Starter
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First off THANK YOU to everyone on this forum. I've learned a ton from others feedback, experiences and the wealth of shared knowledge. I wouldn't be here without this forum!

Anyway lately I've thought about putting together a HTPC to mostly stream movies, play Blu-Rays, stream some music, a little light gaming here and there but nothing major. I spoke with my brother and bought an 'old' computer he had laying around for $75. Might be a little overkill but it should get the job done!

AMD Phenom X2 3.2 Ghz Dual Core w/ Zalman cooler
4 GB DDR2 Ram
250gb HD
Nvidia 9800 GT (You'll want to change this to your HDMI card) -> REPLACED with a Sapphire Radeon 6670 for HDMI 1.4a support
Gigabyte GA-M720
Power Supply
Case -> TO BE REPLACED with nMedia "reciever" type of case
DVD/CDRW drive -> TO BE REPLACED with Blu Ray player of some sort

Home Theater (currently 5.1 but will be expanded):
Onkyo NR-709 Reciever
Energy CF-70 Towers
Energy CR-10 Surround/Backs
Energy CC-10 Center Channel
(2x) Energy S10.3 Subwoofer
Vizio SV470XVT (bought YEARS ago when 120hz just came out...)

So thoughts? Comments? Critiques? Not looking to build a monsters but a stable platform that for less than $200 will get me up and running!

Thanks and see everyone on the boards!
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Not the most modern system, but it should be capable. Just be careful you'll want to build a brand new one soon. If you want another boost down the road look at a SSD. If you plan ahead the parts you buy now can always be used for a new build.
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