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Cheap Media center to download and play Blu-ray movies?$300?

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January 5, 2011 12:19:25 AM

My friend has a nice media center that he downloads and plays blu-ray movies on his 60" LCD. Is there a chance I can get away with a $300 media center? Video card and all?
I shop at Newegg all the time. Thanks
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January 7, 2011 3:43:52 AM

Do you need the OS too?
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January 7, 2011 4:21:53 AM

$300 is tight but possible I think.

However, if you need to buy the OS then no.
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January 7, 2011 3:49:43 PM

depends on what you need included in the purchase price...

I just worked up a price at newegg of about $420 - to play blu-ray

This did not include any input devices or an OS

Tack on another ~$120 for Win 7 HP and a Keyboard/Mouse combo

Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 16, 2011 11:34:55 PM

snowgoer1998 said:
depends on what you need included in the purchase price...

I just worked up a price at newegg of about $420 - to play blu-ray

This did not include any input devices or an OS

Tack on another ~$120 for Win 7 HP and a Keyboard/Mouse combo

Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks guys.
Now Ill be transferring the blurays and paying it off the hard drive instead. Would I just need a video card capable of running the movies?
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January 17, 2011 4:52:47 PM

video is built into the MOBO...click the link and read the description

Video card is not needed...unless you want to start playing games...
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January 22, 2011 12:52:21 PM

I am also looking for a reasonably priced computer for my home theatre. I do not ever play games. I would like to play my home videos, Netflix, and also use other Windows Media Center functionality. I also want the computer to play Blu Rays, as I do not have a standalone BR player. My TV is an Olevia 65" LCD.

My question concerns the video card and TV. Specifically, will the TV output quality be effected by the video card? In other words, if I use the basic onboard video, will I end up with an inferior picture compared to using a high-end video card, or will I essentially see the same picture either way?
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