Im looking to build a pc to put next to my TV, the basic requirement is that is not too big, silent and able to stream 1080p movies to my tv.
The only problem I have is that my budget is not so big, therefore Im looking for the cheapest machine I can get away with
Any suggestions of parts are welcome, from the case to the small details.
I think this pc is very tricky to build as if you want a small factor PC then you end up paying more, also if you want a silent PSU then you pay more again and finally a good cpu for 1080p stream also cost a lot :-(
I need help!!! Im sure tomshardware fans can come up with the "Cheapest Media PC". Many Thanks.
Ps. I know there are some HD media Players like the 'WD TV HD Media Player' or the popcorn media players which are cheaper than a whole pc. But in my case I would prefer to just have a normal pc, plus its easier to network, etc.
It isn't hard to find a 1080p-able graphics card, one of the Chrome cards might be the best idea if your using it with a tv because the $70 ones have display port and hdmi I think.
I guess you can run the movies from GPU, but my experience is that its very difficult to run all the format out there.
Plus the GPU acceleration seem a little bit buggy at the moment.
Why cant i press just play from WM player and enjoy full GPU acceleration? its always pain, I hate codecs.
I think is probably easier just to get a powerfull CPU and forget about this 'GPU codec nonsense'.