Extreme Budget Media Center

Anyone have any plans for a extreme budget media center???? I need plans/suggestions for the build - I got a spare monitor, keboard, mouse and DVI - HDMI cable, OS, etc.
I'll only use it to watch AVI, MKV files on a 50 inch TV - will probably be buying the parts during christmas time [Canada] and I'm not how much I can dish out for this build just yet, but the cheaper the better as I have a long list of thing to buy as it is. Any suggestions?
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  1. Have u looked at apple tv?
    AFAIK its pretty easy with s/ware to hack it and get it running pretty much any format. Also easy to upgrade the hdd yourself.

    I just splashed out a measly $200 for an external media hdd from lacie.
    Its usb powered so i just dump what i need from my pc, then its into the tv and away u go, remote and all.
  2. coffeecoffee said:
    Anyone have any plans for a extreme budget media center???? I need plans/suggestions for the build - I got a spare monitor, keboard, mouse and DVI - HDMI cable, OS, etc.
    I'll only use it to watch AVI, MKV files on a 50 inch TV - will probably be buying the parts during christmas time [Canada] and I'm not how much I can dish out for this build just yet, but the cheaper the better as I have a long list of thing to buy as it is. Any suggestions?


    Look at these options:

    Argosy 1TB USB 2.0 / Ethernet / WiFi USB Dongle Multimedia TV HDD Media Player HV359T-00999 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822720012
    $175

    Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player WDAVN00BN - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136325&cm_re=western_digital_media-_-22-136-325-_-Product
    $100 -Freeshipping

    Recertified: Western Digital USB 2.0 HDMI Composite A/V Black TV HD Media Player WDAVN00BN
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136452&cm_re=western_digital_media_player-_-22-136-452-_-Product
    $75

    SAMSUNG STORY Station 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive HX-DU010EB - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152178
    $100
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