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[Build Help] Cheapest possible HTPC, old case?


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DiamondC

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Alright, I know this post comes up pretty often, but there are a couple of twists that make my situation a little bit different.

I can't afford to build this thing at all, but I'm doing it anyway - price is the most important factor. I currently have an old dell tower (from like, 2005?) hooked up to a crappy projector (hoping to upgrade to HD one day). I'm planning to just use the old dell case, which must be ATX(?), so there's that. I imagine I'll need a bigger power supply, though it would be sweet if I didn't (the one in there is 300 watts). Also, it would be nice if I could get the thing running a few older games at low resolution (think TF2) and maybe the PS2 emulator. I'll be running Windows 7.

Onboard Optical SPDIF out would be great, otherwise I have a Turtle Beach Riviera PCI card that I'll be using.

Thanks guys!!
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phillpower2

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Hi DiamondC and :)
Couple of things that will help us make suitable suggestions;
1: Your maximum budget as you have emphasized the importance of it.
2: The model of Dell so that we know the case type and size.
3: The country you live in so that we can make sure components are available to you.
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iammykyl

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All waiting.

Edited by iammykyl, 26 October 2011 - 03:47 PM.

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My past experiences have shown me that you can almost never reuse an old Dell tower for a custom build as most of their cases are proprietary cases. That may have changed recently, but if it has, I haven't seen one.

If you want a cheap HTPC, try this, I have built three of these, one for myself, and it works great.

Mainboard/CPU Combo - Foxconn AHD1S-K AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson D1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813186212 - $84.99

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586 - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146748 - 25.99

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152185 - $139

Optical - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151243 - $19.99

Case - Foxconn RM233+FSP150-50GLT Black / Silver 0.6mm SGCC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 150W Power Supply - $44.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986 - $99.99

Total is only $440.98 including shipping.
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this is such a great thing to know " I'm planning to just use the old dell case, which must be ATX(?), so there's that. I imagine I'll need a bigger power supply, though it would be sweet if I didn't (the one in there is 300 watts). Also, it would be nice if I could get the thing running a few older games at low resolution (think TF2) and maybe the PS2 emulator. I'll be running Windows 7" more power
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Hi LouiePoll and :)
If you require assistance please start your own topic and we will assist you there, bumping another topic implies that a member is receiving assistance and your request for help may go unanswered and we wouldn`t want that :yes:

NB: You will also notice that the OP did not reply to either myself, iammyky or RjBass who took the time to put a list together.
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