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

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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  1. Do you need the OS too?
  2. $300 is tight but possible I think.

    However, if you need to buy the OS then no.
  3. 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=N82E16811129089

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    BDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106292

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231207
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883108321

    You'll run out of room quick and then you can just buy a external HDD.
  5. 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=N82E16811129089

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    BDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106292

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231207

    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?
  6. 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...
  7. 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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