Hey everyone, really needing some advice on this build:
Approximate Purchase Date: 03-09-2011
Budget Range: $800-$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: TV/Movie Watching (blu-ray) (Netflix),DVR function, Playing Music, Playing Home movies, web browsing. (we will set it up to boot into media center)
Parts Not Required: Need everything but the monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD, small form factor case, also need a media card reader. Seriously considering a Samsung 1TB F3 spinpoint to base this system on.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080
Additional Comments: My grandpa needs a computer that is easy to use via remote control. This is a special challenge because most of us don't think about how easy the remote is to read. I was also thinking about possibly getting a large wireless keyboard with a trackball built in. That seems like a far superior solution to having a separate mouse that could get lost. I also don't want him to wait on the computer so a fairly beefy proc may be needed.
Please rack your brains for peripherals that will be extremely easy to use for an older person while they are in a chair or on the couch watching t.v. Thank you very much in advance.
You can go old school nostalgia 'where is the computer?' or Home Theater component style. batuchka mentioned the mini-ITX size.
Always be sure to check the case size against the actual spot you'd like to have the HTPC sit.
We can be watching there to see whats available.
Some heavy or bulky items like a case or PSU can be picked up locally if they have high shipping charges online.
And MicroCenter has some crazy good prices on things now and again.