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Build me a cheap media PC

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April 3, 2010 9:58:23 PM

Hello everyone, I'm looking to build an affordable media PC to use as a media center for my 40" HDTV that will also allow for things such as web-surfing and online videos. It will network with my other computer(s). It does not need to play games. It does not need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse, as I have all of those things already. Using the template:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two months BUDGET RANGE: 300-500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching movies/tv (hi-def), surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, does not need to play video games, DOES need to play HD movies and have HDMI out

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none COUNTRY of ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: nothing really... dual core processor probably suits best

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing fancy otherwise necessary

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April 3, 2010 10:10:38 PM

Without OS.



With OS.

April 4, 2010 2:45:20 AM

$300 and it will work fine...
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April 4, 2010 4:02:54 AM

Having built HTPCs, etc most of my clients would want something presentable and a small case in shoebox/flatbed does this but the former does it at a cheaper price :p  Full ATX casings are bulky and look out of place in there living room so any preference on casing?
April 4, 2010 3:25:11 PM

A smaller case would be better, yes.... I was wondering whether I should try and fit a big ol' hard drive into it or just settle on using an external hard drive...
April 5, 2010 4:50:40 AM

Well a 3.5" Hdd would be fine and you'd be looking at eithe mATX towers, shoeboxes like Silverstone SG-02F or 'flatbeds' like Antec NSK2480
April 7, 2010 3:43:46 PM

Can anyone get this to around $300? It would be well appreciated, and I'm not too sure how the innards of a computer work together (my friend will be building it). I could probably just use Linux as an OS dual booted with some sort of media center.

Thanks
April 7, 2010 3:57:33 PM

DrRay11 said:
Can anyone get this to around $300? It would be well appreciated, and I'm not too sure how the innards of a computer work together (my friend will be building it). I could probably just use Linux as an OS dual booted with some sort of media center.


You don't really need to dual-boot.

http://www.medibuntu.org/
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