Media Center/DVR Machine on the cheap Tags: New Build Media Center DVR Systems Last response: July 1, 2010 3:34 AM in Systems Share dubya386 June 30, 2010 11:36:19 PM APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of July BUDGET RANGE: $200-$500After Rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Homebuilt DVR, Home Media Center, Watching Movies PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, ebay.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference; I'd like to keep everything to a pretty small form factor so it's not too gaudy in my entertainment center furniture thingy; HDMI output a must OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (this IS equivalent to the 1080 resolution in High Def, right?) ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet, low power consumption PC that won't look out of place next to my soon-to-be-replaced DVD player More about : media center dvr machine cheap Proximon July 1, 2010 3:33:12 AM Yes that is HD video res. I think you might go over 500, but we'll see. I assume you need a blu-ray player which means you will also need expensive blu-ray software. Case and Gigabyte 785G board http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... X2 250 Regor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2Gb Kingston value RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this PSU does not include a power cable. It is assumed you have old reusable ones as most of us do. This is a green feature). Samsung HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Blu-ray player http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That should do it. Proximon July 1, 2010 3:34:44 AM Combo deal, drive and GOOD software (researched) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumWindows Media Center Build Questions Forum[New Build] Cheap gaming/ media computer ForumCheap Machine build ForumCheap Media center PC that can stream Netflix Forumbuilding cheap media center pc ForumCheap media storage server - unRAID, FreeNAS, prebuilt ? ForumFirst time build - mid range gaming machine ForumMedia center build. $200 - $300 ForumCheap (High-End) Gaming Computer (Full Specs) Forum$3200 - 2 new machines - Gaming/ Media Storage and ESXi Whitebox ForumWhy is windows 8 so cheap ? ForumZotac or other cheap HTPC + fileserver ForumBuilding my 1st machine (long post) w/ questions ForumNEW BUILD MEDIA SERVER ForumAdvice on new build! ~1100 Gaming/ Media HTPC/Server Forum$7500 Budget College Gaming/Music/Photo/Video/ Media Rig ForumHTPC Mobo+CPU ~$150 Forum[Solved] Budget Gaming Machine: Comments on final build Forum3000CDN or under gaming/video editing/photo editing machine ForumPlanning for a new gaming machine! More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !