I'm trying to figure up the cost of a decent HTPC to replace my cable box. I would like a blu-ray drive and will use it for netflix, hulu, interent tv, and to record antenna tv. I would like to use it for gaming also. Something that I can upgrade down the line would be nice. I will slide in to a stereo cabinet and hook to the tv via HDMI. What parts would you use?
Approximate Purchase Date: within 2-3 months
Budget Range: $400-$600 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Netflix, Hulu, watching internet TV, some Gaming, surfing
Parts Not Required: monitor and speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, doesn't really matter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I would like to use a slim case like a set-top box or a dvd player.
Monitor Resolution: Hooked up to my Philips LCD TV, #47PFL6704d
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. This is to take the place of my cable tv box. I'm tired of paying the bill. Would also like to be able to record (PVR) from antenna.
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I would be willing to hold off on the gaming video card for now and upgrade to that later.
2-3 months is a long time.
Re-post in 2-3 months. A lot of things change in that amount of time.