Hi all, was looking at buying a computer soon for the living room and need some advice on what to get. I have a laptop which is ok for the moment apart from storage space. So i thought that i'd build a cheap pc to house some harddrives that can be accessed by everyone in the house over the wireless network(although router is next to tv so will plug this htpc straight in). Then i also thought about linking it up to the tv to watch video files (avi.h264) and surf the internet.
I dunno how most of this is possible, have been building gaming computers for a few years now and up to date with the latest tech, but just don't know where to begin with this.
I was looking at spending around £300-400 on the setup(Including one hd to start).
This will be on throughout the day like a nas storage, so will need to be energy effiecient just not sure on which is better.
Can anyone help me with the components and general set up.
Thanks in advance
Ye thats looks pretty cool, well the tv is old but i checked and you can get hdmi to scart cable and that mobo has a hdmi port (hopefully get a lcd tv when i save up).
Here is my build using ocuk
CPU: i3-530 £98
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H £85
RAM: CCorsair Value Select 2GB £40
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB £65
PSU: Corsair CX 400W £40
Case: around £40
Can anyone point me in the right direction for a case at this price range, that is quiet,coolish and no flashy lights.
Also I can put windows 7 on this computer, but i still want to be able to access it like a server from my laptops to have all of the files backedup and accesible, how could i go about this, not really very savvy on networking,
thanks again for the detailed response.
Ye cheers, picked the antec 300 for £40. All ready now apart from this networking problem. Could anyone point me in the right direction, if i connect the computer to my router can i just access it through the router or do i need a seperate connection. All i need is to be able to move files to the pc and to access them from my laptop.
I have windows 7 on all laptops. thats sound good then, just bin on microsoft and looks easy enough to do. That leads me to another question then, i have a retail version of windows 7 i used to upgrade on of my laptops, can i use this on the new build aswell, or will i have to buy another copy?
thanks for the good advice here.
Ye my version only has 1 install, ah well, guess its gonna cost me an extra 100 pounds with the os and wireless keyboard wo bring the total to just under 500, which guess isn't too bad with the whats in the computer.
cheers for all the help might order tonight