Ok, well I don't think I can hold on to my Dell XPS 400 too much longer so it's time for me to start researching a new PC. Looking to build in the next month or 2. I've decided I want to build one, but this will be my first build and I'm kinda clueless. The new PC will be used for web browsing, video and picture storage, as well as some home theater. I need a quiet PC, since it will be located in my bedroom, but I would like to connect to my 42 in LCD in my bedroom (via HDMI ?) for home theater. I also like to stream video to my PS3 and Xbox 360 which are located in another room. Also, I've always been interested in using the PC as DVR or other media source, so what are my options here? Most of the video's I have are currently stored on my My Book and are 1080p, which is why I am having major issues playing them on my XPS.
Sorry, for all the questions, but I would like to have something that is as future proof as possible or will allow me the ability to upgrade the existing system in the upcoming years.
Oh, I don't need a monitor, but I will need a new OS. I just recently picked up a Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3 120GB that I should be able to reuse. I also have a 1 terabyte external WD My Book.
I don't know if I could use the HDD from the XPS which is a Western Digital 250GB WD2500JS-75MHB0 or if it would even be worth it.
Amd new richland apu would be the best right now for you. The four core CPU would be around 125. The mb would be 80 and looking at 70. For ram.
Cases like cosair r200 are on sale 30. Or there bitfex cases. A standard DVD burner is 20. A cosair 430w ps would be 30. You be using the apu video chipset for 1080 video. A wifi card runs about 20. Windows seven or eight runs about 100 online.
Thanks for the input. I'm really new to this, but want to understand some of the choices. Is there a reason you chose the AMD processor over an Intel? Also, I assume you chose a Dual-core processor because of price, but would I gain anything by spending a little more and picking up a quad core proessor?
Thanks again. Is there anywhere I can do some research on this stuff to better understand?
On Toms hardware look at there monthly builds. Where they set x mount for entry..mid..extreme pc. Intel CPU the i5 and i7 right now there no real amd chip that can match it raw horsepower in games. With amd CPU there not as fast in games yet but the trade off is they have high end gpu built into them. It saves people money on a low cost build to save money on a gpu. It always better to spend little more on a CPU with more real cores.
More cores the CPU can spread the load if the game is written for it or can muit task better. Things like photo and video editing get a boost with more cores.
Hopefully, I'm not asking too much but I've also started doing some searching on Youtube about Media server setups and alternatives to cable tv. I would love to see other options to cable. Right now we use Netlix pretty heavily, but my kids love cable because of nickelodeon and Disney. Are there an Legal options to watch live tv or some of the cable channels without paying out the nose for cable?
There are sights like amazon..hula..crackle...and other sights now that have tv shows. A lot of the tv channels on cable use iPad and other aps to stream there shows. There also the ruka I think that how it spelled last time I look on best buy web page. It a small device that lets you stream movies and tv from the Internet. There also streaming services from Xbox and other gaming consoles if you have one.
OK. The more research and planning I do the more questions I come up with.
Now, I'm not sure if a single htpc will be enough. Let me give you a quick run down. I have 4 TV's in my house. 2 of them are in kids bedrooms and 1 is connected to a Wii U which can stream Netflix so I'm not that concerned about them, but my main viewing TVs are a 47 in 1080p LCD in my living room and a 42 in 720p LCD in my bedroom. Now these 2 TVs share a wall, but are in different rooms. The living room TV has the Xbox 360 and usually the PS3 attached, so I can stream videos and watch Netflix, hulu and other services.
My initial plan was to leave the htpc in my bedroom where it has been for the past 10 years and connect to my 42 in for most viewing. With the TV card I could use it as a DVR and still daily browsing. Am I right in thinking I would still have a great veiwing experience in the living room with this setup? I was assuming I could stream video from the htcp via the Xbox or ps3 on a wired connection or would I be better off with an additional htpc?
How would you accomplish this if it was your house?
If it was my house I would want a seperate HTPC for each tv. As far as a build, futureproofing and a $500 budget are competing goals. Plan on the PC lasting 5yrs or less. With one you build you can swap out a couple of components and stay with the times. Dont flame me, but I like Intel builds. Throwing parts together on newegg for a rough guide you can hit your goal plus a couple bucks for shipping cost, including the 2250 and windows 7 home premium.
You still need to have some sort of cable subscription to stay on the up and up. Streaming from a roku is great, but if you are building an htpc, it would be redundant. I have had my htpc for 6 years and no longer miss cable, but it is an adjustment. I have to watch sports via an OTA antenna, but I am admittedly not a big sports guy. Kid channels would also be a challenge for things like Sat AM cartoons. It sounds like it would be a challenge for you to eliminate cable completely and an htpc may not be a substantial savings on your monthly bills.
What is going on with your xps 400? Specs? Can you simply add the 2250 to that build?
edit--> just looked up some general specs on the xps 400, and it looks like that was a 2005 model, so now (8 yrs) would be a good time to upgrade. Very little will likely be savageable from the old build. From memory dell's typically have a proprietary power supply, cases and dvdr drive are pretty cheap to replace so it makes sense to simply start fresh. ddr2 ram probably wont work as most ram these days are ddr3. You can use the 250 GB drive in the new build if you so desire, but definitely the SSD for the OS drive. What are your storage needs on the new build? If your are planning on streaming, then that will keep the storage needs low. Just consider your internet speeds if that is a direction you are going to go.
I see you found my other thread. Well, to answer your question. I'm having issues with my Dell XPS 400 playing 1080p MKV files. The video and audio stumble really bad and I've been told that the system just cant keep up.