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    right now i have a dell 8400 with the following specs...

    P4 3.2Ghz
    1.5 GB DDR2 RAM Kingston 200mhz
    XP 32-bit
    evga Nvidia 8600GTS
    Creative SoundBlaster X-FI XtremeMusic
    500w Antec EarthWatts Power Supply
    Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive
    42" Vivio 1080p (DVI>HDMI)

    i've updated just about everything now and it's time to get a new computer.. i've been basically using this as an htpc so now i want to keep as many components from the 8400 as i can for my new htpc...

    using all this mostly...

    160gb SATA internal
    500gb and 250gb My Book Externals
    Nvidia 8600GTS
    Creative SoundBlaster X-FI XtremeMusic
    500w Antec EarthWatts Power Supply
    Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive

    currently i'm not worried about recording or anything.. my main concerns are to beable to watch hd-dvd's and all my other movie and music files smoothly...

    i'd like to spend less then 400.. any help would be appreciated as i don't know which cases.. cpu's. motherboards.. etc... i should use....
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    What processor would you like Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Dual Core AM2? Does the speed of the processor matter to you? I'd say for $400.00 you may not be able to get the fast processor, ram & mobo.
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    I tried to stay within your $400.00 budget. Here's a system using a Intel Core 2 Duo system using the E6550 Conroe 2.33ghz processor.

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor, $175.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115030

    GIGABYTE GA-G31MX-S2 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX, $78.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128061

    A-DATA 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory, $41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820211064

    SILVERSTONE LASCALA 10 CS-SST-LC10B Black Aluminum front panel, Media Center/HTPC, $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811163033

    Subtotal was $396.96.


    Here's a AMD AM2 Dual Core system:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor, $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103773

    GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM-S2H AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard, $78.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128056

    The HTPC case and Ram is the same from up above.

    Subtotal is $391.96.


    The shipping cost would run your budget over to about $420.00 or so. That Silverstone HTPC case would be able to use a ATX or MICRO ATX motherboard. I'm sure other members will have other suggestions for you. IMHO with $400.00 you can get a good decent system up and runnning.
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    thanks for taking the time to do all that...

    i don't know much about the difference between amd and intel.. my main concern is just making sure i get a dual processor.. i'd like to get the maximum speed i could possibly get but obviously with my budget i don't expect anything top of the line...

    also i forgot to mention i already have 2gb of 6400 ddr2 ram so that doesnt need to be in my budget....

    i found a good deal at fry's but it looks like i just missed the deall..
    http://cdn.travidia.com/rop-sub/17533558

    i like the case though.. thanks again for the help.. this was alot of help.. im actually going to buy everything in about 2 weeks from now.. so im going to do as much research as i can and this was a great starting point....
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