Jun 26, 2009

I am interested in building an HTPC from an existing PC and need help with the hardware configuration.

I would like to have a dual OTA tuner (with the ability to record and watch HDTV at the same time), record and watch OTA and satellite, be able to access the HTPC throughout the house via remote control to 2 tv's and 1 home theater projector.

I have cabling to all the TV's and projector coming to a central location in the in house.

Purchase Date: ASAP

I don't have any preference in regards to where or what type of parts or OS I would get and the budget is = to the best performance that I can get while keeping costs down. Laggy playback and delays would be unacceptable. Essentially, I would like the system to be like a PVR for OTA and satellite for the whole house (not much to ask, lol).

The current config is:

Operating System
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium D
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5LD2 Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz

250.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
69.03 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HP DVD Writer 740b [CD-ROM drive]
LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1H USB Device [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6L250S0 [Hard drive] (250.99 GB) -- drive 0

3072 Megabytes Installed Memory

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT [Display adapter]

Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)

1394 Net Adapter
Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Antec Design Case

Enermax Noisetaker 485w PSU

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance !!!


Dec 29, 2007
Honestly an AMD build for cheap will run circles around that Dinosaur.

Case: Keep yours
PSU: Same
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186165
$65 Foxconn A7GM-S 780G (HDCP compliant, with an HDMI, DVI, and VGA)(onboard video is better than that old card)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103218
$60 AM2 X2 5200+ (honestly I'd use a 4050e, but they're out of stock)
HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186030
$13 ACALP64PWM Arctic Cooling
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820159021
$42 AllComponents 2x2GB DDR2 800
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
$24 Lite-On 24x DVDR/RW (honestly I don't see why you need 3 CD drives)(SATA)
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145215
$55 Hitachi P7K500 500GB SATA HDD
Capture: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815293003
$80 ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100
OS: I recommend Vista Home premium (better than XP media center)