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Building Media PC

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November 3, 2011 8:55:27 PM

Hey All,

I'm wanting to make a Media PC. I have a gaming pc setup in the office. I'm wanting to build a media pc to put in the lounge connected to my TV and connected (wirelessly) to my network.

I've built gaming PCs a few times, but I have no idea what level is required for a media PC. I want it to be as cheap as possible, but to be fine playing blue ray or any video files stored on it. I don't know if a video card is needed, or if onboard is good enough.

Could I get some suggestions? I only need the box, no peripherals.

Cheers
Si

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November 3, 2011 9:55:15 PM

Integrated graphics is good enough for HD so long as it's good integrated graphics like the Intel 1155 or AMD FM1 socket. The AMD E-350 and E-450 would also work.

I would probably go with the E-350 because it's cheap with low power consumption meaning you could probably make a completely fanless system without a problem.

I'd grab an ASUS E35M1-M PRO and 2GB of RAM and a nice HTPC case.
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