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Need a computer for my TV: Budget $250~$300

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January 7, 2009 5:19:48 PM

Hi guys, I currently have an extremely old computer hooked up to my 52" LCD tv that runs at 1920 x 1080. I use it to watch netflix and hulu and occasionally go to tv websites to look at their shows. Through the recent update for netflix, they now use silverlight and it lags quite a bit whenever I look at anything full screen.
I would prefer to stay around $250 if at all possible but I can go to $300 if necessary. This computer would not be doing anything else other than stream videos from the internet at 1920x1080. I already have a copy of windows, so that does not need to be factored into the cost of the system. Please give me a suggestion on what I can do.
January 7, 2009 5:23:37 PM

can you list what the specs of your old computer are please
January 7, 2009 5:57:53 PM

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99

AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $55.25

WESTERN DIGITAL WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Hard Drive
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $49.99

OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $10.00 MIR + an extra 15% off through 01/30

Linkworld Black body/ Silver strip Steel 6280-01 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99

Total - $312.20 - $10 MIR = $302.20 (not including the extra 15% off on the PSU).

I know that's at the upper end of your budget, but would make a nice little machine for your intended use.
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January 7, 2009 6:13:55 PM

I just noticed the case above includes a PSU. I don't really trust the included PSU, but it doesn't look like a standard size. I originally thought you could put the Corsair PSU in that case, but that doesn't look like an option.
January 7, 2009 6:39:12 PM

Thank you guys so much for the replies. I know its not in my budget, but do i need a video card since the screen is so big?

My old computer .. i don't remember the spec's and i'm at work right now but i think it has an intel celeron cpu (not sure which one) and a Geforce 7800gs vid card (PCI) with 512mb ram.

oh.. and what about a dvd drive?
January 7, 2009 6:48:19 PM

The integrated GPU in the 780G will drive a 1080p resolution. There's no need for a separate video card.

Sorry, I forgot the DVD burner. That's what I get for putting that together in a hurry. I really like Samsung and LG drives.

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
January 7, 2009 7:21:36 PM

ya that onboard gpu isn't actually all that bad. what short has for you is deffinatly the best setup you could get at your price range.

The only reason why I reccomended you listing your old pc's parts is to see if we could resue anything. Might help us drive you underbudget.
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