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Building a PC for Media Streaming and DVR - How cheap can it be?

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March 6, 2010 2:45:42 PM

I'm considering building a light weight PC to connect to my TV. The primary purpose would be to act as a DVR, secondary would be streaming via (for example) Hulu and streaming movies from my main PC (which, fwiw, runs Windows 7 Pro x64).

What's the cheapest possible build I could put together? I have no components so would need everything, case, wireless keyboard and mouse, TV tuner, OS, ... everything. I would even be open to considering the DVD player as optional.

I have no preferences for AMD vs Intel, or any other component manufacturers. Ability to play on a 1920x1080 32" TV via HDMI is the top priority (actually I guess this is a requirement), followed closely by cost. Sound and finally heat are next but less important.
March 6, 2010 8:47:41 PM

AM3 triple core at 2.x GHz is another option.

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March 16, 2010 12:26:12 AM

Is an Atom chip really capable of that kind of output?
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