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Old August 1, 2008, 07:26 AM
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This is something I've been playing with the idea of for a long time. I watch a lot of downloaded TV because primetime doesn't fit my life/schedule. Here's a bunch of stuff/junk/parts around the house that I would love to see used.

- Existing home theatre stuff -
Sharp Aquos LC46D64U 46" LCD
Yamaha HTR-6080
Harmony Remote 880
Energy 5.1 Speakers

- Junk from the tickle trunk -
Antec Fusion Black with 430w (new)
2GB Crucial DDR2 8500 (recently pulled from my rig)
WD GP 500gb sata2 hard drive (cause it won't work with my P5K-Premium)
random 120-300gb IDE hard drives (WD/Seagate/Maxtor)
ATI x1950pro 256mb PCI-e
ATI x800 128mb PCI-e
Nvidia 6200 TC
Nvidia 5200
Creative sound blaster Live digital
7.1 C-Media sound card (if I didn't give it away - don't know the model)
Hauppage HVR-1800 PCI-e 1x
Hauppage HVR-1600 PCI
random 16x dvdrws
random ddr1 512-1024
matx 939 nforce4 MSI oem vanilla board + a64 3200
matx 754 ecs goal3 + sempron 3000 (not sure if this works, hard to find a s754 to test)
pentium 4 775 preshott 3ghz 5xx think 506 but I could be wrong.
Linksys WMP54G PCI
D-Link AG530 PCI

Ideally I would take all the newish Intel stuff and get a matx board - but I haven't found one I'm too happy with. I'd like a 780g but that means buying a new board + cpu at all once, which is hard to pass by she-who-controls-the-purse + not recycling my garbage.

Any thoughts? I just want something that play my media / record tv. Comfortable with Linux and tried have so far tried Mythbuntu but wouldn't mind gaming - guess I could dual boot. I have a DVI<-->HDMI cable that I've been playing with so far. So help / advice / offers to help me clean my house. I'll take it!

Edit 1: added 2 wifi cards to list of junk
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Old August 1, 2008, 08:23 AM
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You dont have anything strong enough to playback 1080p content. Why dont you sell some stuff on here? Take the proceeds and get a new matx/cpu. My htpc has a asus m2n-hdmi mobo and amd 3800+, stuttered a bit in 1080p until I told ffdshow codec to drop any late frames. Plays 720p no problem.
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Old August 1, 2008, 09:34 AM
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I Beg to differ.... I think with a couple gigs of RAM the 939 system with the x1950 could hack it. But I could be wrong. Im also not familiar with that motherboard so i dont know what slots/compatibility it has. lol
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Old August 1, 2008, 10:01 AM
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It came from a Future Shop Cicero computer made by Medion (german company) MS-7123 (MSI OEM) It's got PCI-e 16x and 3 PCI slots. It's a basic nforce4 chipset - has onboard 7.1 audio w digital coax, onboard LAN, a couple usb & firewire. 4 ddr1 ram slots, 1 IDE and 4 sata.
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Old August 1, 2008, 11:10 AM
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In that case, if you don't want to use one of your old video cards you could sell them and use the money to buy a 3xxx series of 4xxx series video card from ATI that has hardware video decoding onboard - it should take most of the strain off the processor when watching Hi-def stuff. Also, you could probably find a dual-core upgrade for that 939 pretty easily on ebay. I've seen the 4200+ (Dual 2.2Ghz) go for as little as $60 on there. Good luck!
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