So I am looking to build a new HTPC (instead of a gaming machine at this point) and I don't know much about HTPCs. Haven't been on the threads in a while, and all the stickies disappeared. Anyway, I was curious how cheap I can build a decent HTPC for? I will want to stream and watch HD video to an HD tv. This is the only thing the box would be used for.
I will later build a gaming PC and get some decent external storage for a home network, so this would be pretty bare bones, and I have a Win7 64-bit OS already to put on it.
I will have to pick up a second OS for the gaming PC when I ever get around to building that.
Also, is there any specific software I might want for the HTPC, or having Hulu/Netflix is enough for it all. I will eventually want to either put a tuner in or hook it up to cable and use it as a DVR, but won't be doing that for now.
Let me know if you need any additional information.
The ion may struggle if for some reason you can't get hardware acceleration to work. Also, you would be limited to USB or ethernet for tuners. But it is compact and professional reviews have been very positive.
For software, Netflix is integrated into Wndows Media Center with an MS plugin. Hulu can be integrated using this tool.