Help me build my first HTPC

24 Nov 2005
Skelton in Cleveland
As the title suggests i am at the point where i want to build my first HTPC, what i need to know is what exactly required and will what i have available to me at the minute be ok to use or should i start over again.

The CPU is i think a Sempron 4000+ ???

At the minute i have an Acer T180 going spare, i also have 2 Gig of decent RAM ready to put into it, the motherboard details are as follows....

Processor: AMD Sempron™ , Athlon™ 64, Athlon™ 64x2, Socket AM2
Chipset: NVIDIA MCP61S
Front Side Bus: 2000MT/s HyperTransport™
Memory: Dual channel DDR2 800 / 667 x 4 DIMMs, Max 4GB
VGA on Die: Integrated
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe x16 (signals at x8),, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
IDE: ATA133 x 1
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID: Serial ATA II x 2 with RAID 0, 1
Audio: 5.1 channel, Realtek ALC861 (HDA)
LAN: 10/100 M LAN, Realtek RTL8201CL (Phy)
IEEE1394: N/A
Back Panel I/O Ports: 1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
1 x VGA Port
4 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ45
1 x Parallel Port
1 x Serial Port
1 set 5.1 channel Audio jacks (3 jacks)
Internal I/O Connectors: 2 x USB 2.0 headers, support 4 ports
1 x Intel Azalia Header
1 x COM2 header
1 x Speaker
1 x Front panel
1 x Buzzer
1 x CD-in
1 x IRDA header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x WOM(reserve)
1 x RM

BIOS Features: LPC-4Mb, ACPI 2.0b, APM 1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, USB 2.0, WfM 2.0
Support CD: Drivers, Adobe Reader 6.0, Direct X9.0, Norton Internet security, Super Utilities
Standards/Manageability: USB 2.0, WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, LPC 1.1 Interface
Special Features: CnQ, HDA, nView, CE-class Video Processing Engine, Over clock, n-Tune, Q.B.U, SuperSpeed, SuperBoot, SuperBIOS-Protect, SuperRecovery, SuperStep, SuperLogo, SuperUpdate
Form Factor: Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6")

As far as i know i should be able to just get a nice cheap PCI-e Graphics card with a DVI port, then get a DVI - HDMI lead.

Connect up to my LCD TV, i already have a 2.1 sound system sorted out and intend using a set of homeplugs to set up my network, then get a remote control for it.

So what do you think, do i have the right end of the stick and is it worth actually using what i have going spare?
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