Low end-powerpoint to TV via HDMI

I would like to build a low end PC to display a powerpoint based menu system for my cafe. I would like to drive a large (around 32-46") flat screen with HDMI and be able to download the presentation onto it via FTP. Sounds simple enough: Motherboard, small disk, wireless card, PS.

It will be single purpose, and cost is my primary consideration.

Its been quite a while since Ive done a system and am looking for advice on motherboards and other stuff I might not be aware of.
I know that the HDMI motherboards are out there, what graphics card capabilities do I need if I have an HDMI equipped MB?

Any help or advice (or even questions that Ive forgotten to consider) would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. ther basic sort of build you are looking for would be..

    AS Rock 880G $59.99
    A basic board with HDMI out. will handle anything short of hardware accelerated Gaming.

    Athlon II X2 250 $58.99
    Only $1 more than the 245. For what you are doing, a 2 core is sufficient.

    Patriot 4 GB DDR3-1333. $48.99
    Many of these are on sale for less than $50 right now. G.Skill, Patriot, Kingston, Mushkin, any of these brands are good.

    Seagate 500 GB 7200.12 drive: $39.99
    This one is on sale right now for the price of a 160GB drive.

    The Seasonic 300W 80+ Bronze PSU will fill your needs nicely at $39.99
    80+ Bronze means its very reliable *and* will save on electric bills.

    Samsung 22x DVD Burner: $15.99
    DVD Burners are the same price as DVD ROMs, so, no reason not to get it. You need something to load windows and other software on.

    D-Link internal Wireless N card: $37.99
    There are cheaper ones, but I'd rather get it from a reliable company.

    Rosewill case. Three cases are $29.99 right now

    The Blackbone:

    the R218

    and the R223

    any of them will do.
  2. Thank you very much. Those links will point me in the right direction. I really appreciate your time.
  3. So I built the system as outlined above, all purchased through Newegg except the HD (500G 7200 rpm barracuda) which I got for 59 from Staples...because I happened to be there. Used an old USB kbd and wireless mouse I had kicking around. It went together perfectly, booted right up, loaded with Win 7 ultimate and all is well. I configured the FTP server included. Open Office will drive the presentation system. Using a DVI-D - HDMI cable to a Pannie 46" Plasma.

    BTW- the PSU didnt come with a power cord...no biggie. The R223 case is amazing and well cooled for the price.

    Cant thank you enough for pointing me in the right direction, its been 10 years since I built a system and it was very gratifying to see this one whirring away.
  4. you're welcome. Congrats on the build.
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