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November 14, 2011 8:37:08 PM

This is what I had in mind:

Rosewill RC-CIX-01 BK Glossy Black Steel Cube Mini-ITX Computer Case with 150W Power Supply and 1x 80mm Fan
Item #: N82E16811147133

Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model TED34096M1066HC7DC
Item #: N82E16820313119

ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Intel Atom 330 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Item #: N82E16813131635

Sony Optiarc Black 12X Half Height Tray Blu-ray Writer SATA BD-5300S - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118065

Hard Drive: I'm using one of the few I have at home

Total Cost with Shipping:

I have a mac at home and I previously used PS3 with PlayOn. PlayOn does not exist with Mac and for some reason I'm having performance issues streaming from Windows 7 (on the Mac with BootCamp).

PS3 just does not have the flexibility to watch all the content I want to watch (like Hulu without subscription) and BluRays are too cheap to justify having a gaming system like the PS3 to be used solely as a media center.

I dunno. Those are my thoughts. I'd appreciate any and all feedback. :) 

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November 14, 2011 8:51:24 PM

After reading some of the other posts, I realize I did not describe usage all that much.

Here's some of the information above with the formats I've seen in other posts:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks

Budget Range: <$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching movies (1080p playback desired), streaming content (netflix, hulu, etc), going online

Parts Not Required: HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: HDTV, 1080p, 40", RCA brand (i'm cheap...)

Additional Comments: This will be part of my home theater setup, so small = good. Will stream over wireless N until I can get wired hookup

CPU: Intel Atom


PSU: Comes with case, 150W (IS THAT ENOUGH??)

RAM: Team Elite (off-brand) 4GB

CASE: Rosewill RC-CIX-01

HDD: Have my own, both 3.5", 2.5"

Mouse/Keyboard: Have my own, would appreciate media center oriented recommendations though...

GPU: Nvidia ION

OS: Linux, maybe Windows 7, undecided