Cheapest Way to Build a HDTV/Blu-Ray Machine

I am wondering, how much would be the cheapest way to build a HDTV/Blu-Ray out of a computer? I have a nice big computer monitor for my room, I can make it become a HDTV or blu ray movie if I make a computer for it. I know that we can get HDTV Tuner and blu ray drive in the computer. However, I don't know about motherboard, graphic card and CPU to set that up. I would start the cheapest way, because this computer is more likely to NEVER use for work, internet, game, etc.

Here's what I know

LG Blue Ray drive $150
HD Tuner $80
AMD Dual Core 64 X2 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103067

Biostar 790GX Motherboard $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138128

Total: $365.00

For the cheapest available hardwares to set up, I expect to see awesome sick graphic from watching a blu ray movie or Super Bowl game. It might saves me a few hundred bucks to not buy a HDTV+Blu Ray drive combination.
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  1. Get a 790GX motherboard and you won't need a graphics card. An inexpensive AMD dual core will be fine.
  2. Buy a PS3, install Ubuntu... and you're set. Okay.. maybe also buy a new HDD and upgrade the current PS3 HDD, then you're really set!
  3. I'm sure other folks will have better ideas, but here's a basic type build that should work for you.

    Case/PSU combo - Coolermaster Elite RC330 $60 with free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119118
    CPU - E5200 $84
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
    motherboard - G31 Foxconn $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186145
    RAM - 2x1 GB DDR2 800 1.8v A-Data value $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211165
    GPU - Asus silent 4350 $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121287
    HD - WD 640GB SATA $75 for storing downloaded movies.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
    Bluray reader- $150 LG retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133
    HD tuner - ??? $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815129007

    about $560 and $15 shipping to me. Don't know much about these, but this should give you an idea of a system and costs. Another option is the 790GX that the Proximon mentioned and a cheap AMD CPU.

    another option might be to buy a cheap refurbished pre built and add the bluray drive and cheap GPU

    http://www.recoupit.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/6171026/vpcsid/0/SFV/31197
  4. Proximon said:
    Get a 790GX motherboard and you won't need a graphics card. An inexpensive AMD dual core will be fine.


    I updated the listing, which is total $365. Are you sure it doesn't need a hard drive to play for blu ray disc? Not even need a hard drive to run OS?
  5. No of course you do, I was just getting you started ;)
  6. dirtmountain said:
    I'm sure other folks will have better ideas, but here's a basic type build that should work for you.

    Case/PSU combo - Coolermaster Elite RC330 $60 with free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119118
    CPU - E5200 $84
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
    motherboard - G31 Foxconn $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186145
    RAM - 2x1 GB DDR2 800 1.8v A-Data value $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211165
    GPU - Asus silent 4350 $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121287
    HD - WD 640GB SATA $75 for storing downloaded movies.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
    Bluray reader- $150 LG retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133
    HD tuner - ??? $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815129007

    about $560 and $15 shipping to me. Don't know much about these, but this should give you an idea of a system and costs. Another option is the 790GX that the Proximon mentioned and a cheap AMD CPU.

    another option might be to buy a cheap refurbished pre built and add the bluray drive and cheap GPU

    http://www.recoupit.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/6171026/vpcsid/0/SFV/31197


    LOL @ the refurbished. That's funny, I've never thought of that. Swapping a blu ray in this box will be total $400. I am shocked that it includes Windows Vista, also..
  7. Proximon said:
    No of course you do, I was just getting you started ;)


    $75+ for the hard drive. I assume no need to add a graphic card since 790x mobo comes with HD 3XXX seies. The final total: $440
  8. The Biostar is fine, but you do need an os.
    You will also need soft ware to show blueray.
    Vista home premium with the media center works good.
    Avermedia has a very good HDTV card.
  9. I think perhaps you should go with DMs suggestion, or just take out the MB and processor and plugg in the AMD combo. You would still need PSU, case, memory, etc.

    If all you need is "HDTV/Blu-Ray" as you say, then the AMD x2 and 790GX, along with DMs build is enough.

    If you need more processing power for some reason, then use the Intel board and CPU DM suggests.

    What I have heard is that the only on board video that will play back true HD without issues is the ATI video found on the 790GX and the newest nVidia boards. So, I would hesitate on the HP refurb... unless of course you added a graphics card to it as well.
  10. Proximon said:
    Get a 790GX motherboard and you won't need a graphics card. An inexpensive AMD dual core will be fine.

    In theory, yes. In practice, I tried two 790GX motherboards, and neither will display BIOS screens on an HDTV from the integrated graphics. The DFI board has never given me a picture from the intergrated graphics.
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