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 Post subject: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:08 pm 
8086
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Hiya, folks! I have a self-built HTPC setup that I'd like to upgrade to HDTV. I live in a small apartment, and I'm on government disability, so I don't have a lot of money to spend. Because of the small size of my apartment, I'm receiving cable by means of an ATI TV Wonder external digital TV tuner with CableCard hooked in to my PC; my cable/internet provider is Comcast/Xfinity. My PC setup is as follows:

Biostar G31-M7 TE motherboard (socket 775)
Intel Pentium D @3.4 GHz.
2 GB of DDR3 RAM (the mobo will hold up to 4GB maximum)
2 TB of hard disk space
ATI Radeon X1600 video card
Diamond Extreme Sound 5.1 sound card
Windows 7 Ultimate with all applicable updates installed, including SP1
HP DVD Writer 1040r with LightScribe support
Dell P-991 monitor (Manufactured by Sony--I think!)

Note that I am planning to upgrade at some point to Windows 8. I already know that I will need to upgrade my CPU to a Core 2 Duo at the very least. (I've already downloaded the Windows 8.1 preview, but it will not run on the Pentium D series of CPUs.) To keep the expense to a minimum, I'd like to find out what CPUs and video cards would do HDTV successfully, without having to change out the motherboard (unless I can find a mobo/CPU at a VERY low price!), and which would also run Windows 8 or 8.1 successfully. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions, or advice!


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:11 pm 
Smithfield
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Rather than us tossing darts onto a board blindfolded, give us how much you're willing to spend first and we'll see what we can do.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:40 pm 
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As to the CPU, I see listings on eBay of Core 2 Duo's for $35 to $50. As to the video card,, there are "HD" cards listed for under $75.00. So, for the hardware, $100 to $150 total seems do-able. The Windows, of course, is another story; however, it'll be at least another year or so, before that becomes imperative. That being the case, let's go with a hardware budget of up to $150 tops. Thanks for the prompt reply!


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:49 pm 
Smithfield
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You don't need a new video card. The "HD" is just a moniker, it doesn't really mean anything.

I'm just going to suggest replacing the CPU, motherboard, and RAM with these parts, because I can't seem to justify upgrading something that old.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. Just one thing, though--I've always had bad experiences with "Celeron" CPU's, so can you suggest an alternative?


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:57 pm 
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AMD APUs, but here's the funny thing, that Celeron is well over double the performance in any thing you could upgrade to.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:56 pm 
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What I mean is, every time I've had a "Celeron" CPU, it's failed on me. What would be the best "full" Pentium Core 2 Duo CPU, given my limited finances, with the mobo and RAM you suggest?


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade to HD TV
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:17 pm 
Smithfield
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Anything that you're willing to spend. The motherboard and RAM is fine, if you want to get another processor, that's all on you.


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