I'm looking to build a dirt cheap PC for our living room that will be used to watch films/t.v, use the internet and listen to music. It's going in a student house and doesn't need to be a flashy media centre PC or anything just something cheap and easy. Browsing the offers on scan.co.uk today I came across this which they are selling for £356.49 inc. VAT, so I was just looking for you guys thoughts on this build. My only real concern was the cheap power supply and whether the integrated graphics on the mobo would work well for a fairly large screen? The build will be running ubuntu.
* 1TB Samsung HD103UJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ
* 22" Acer V223WBbd, Black, Widescreen LCD Monitor, 5ms, DVI/VGA, 1680x1050, 10000:1, HDCP, Green!
* 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-6-6-18, EPP
* 500W Storm LPJ19-25 ,120mm Silent Fan, 24pin +4 pin +12V PSU ATX 2.2
* Asus P5KPL-AM iG31, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066(OC)/667/800, SATA 3Gb/s, uATX, VGA
* Intel Pentium Dual-Core, E5300, S775, Wolfdale, 2.6 GHz, 2MB Cache, 13x Core Ratio, 65W, Retail
* Samsung SH-S223Q/BEWE 22x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, x12 RAM SATA L/scribe Beige+Black Bez
* Scan Black Floppy Disk +Int Combo All in 1 Card Reader Fits 3.5" Bay USB2
* Silverstone Precision PS02B Black Mid Tower Case w/o PSU
For something like this, I'd recommend finding the components that are the best for the money that you can get your hands on. Look into AMD processors... maybe a Phenom II 550. You'll want a decent video card (ATI) and maybe even a decent sound card (Creative) if you really want to get the most out of it though.
If you've already got a TV in the living room, there's a chance you can hook this thing straight into it. My TV has a VGA port on the back of it, but there are other ways of doing it. HDMI is the most popular, albeit more expensive way.
If you're up for the challenge and want to actually piece it together yourself, people here will be more than happy to help you out. You'll get more for your money, but it will obviously require a bit more work on your part.