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February 19, 2012 9:55:51 PM

A relative wants a second PC, and also wanted a way of watching Netflix on the TV.
So I was originally thinking of a Roku, but than I thought of using a PC for it.
The main uses will be a simple Netflix streamer, as well as just playing online games on Pogo.com.

The PC would be hooked up to a 1080P 40" Samsung LCD, but running the computer in 720P would be best.
Video quality isn't a big deal, as 480P (720P is good too) is probably the highest needing to be streamed.
What options are there besides Windows that can stream Netflix? Can Linux (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, ect) run Netflix
yet? If I need to purchase a Windows 7 OEM disc, I would already be pushing the budget.

Without Windows, I should be able to build a good cheap PC in my budget. If there is no other good OS that can run Netflix
properly, would a build like this be good? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 19, 2012 10:23:39 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Without spending like $500 - $600 you could check out the Asrock pre-built HTPCS - they're similar in style to the Mac Mini: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Woah! Wrong direction with the price. XD

I think the E3400 in that Lenovo would be fast enough, as the relative's main desktop has an E5800 or so which performs almost the same. Price needs to be comparable to the Lenovo I posted. Which should be possible without Windows 7 as long as I can stream Netflix on Ubuntu/Linux

Size also isn't a concern. A standard size PC should be fine.
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February 20, 2012 12:02:33 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Woah! Wrong direction with the price. XD

I think the E3400 in that Lenovo would be fast enough, as the relative's main desktop has an E5800 or so which performs almost the same. Price needs to be comparable to the Lenovo I posted. Which should be possible without Windows 7 as long as I can stream Netflix on Ubuntu/Linux

Size also isn't a concern. A standard size PC should be fine.


I didn't realize those were so expensive. :lol: 

The demand for HTPCs have seen case manufacturers produce some really high quality ones. You can get one that looks like a component sitting on your shelf.

Try this:

Case: nMedia PC - $69.99
PSU: Corsair CX430 - $44.99
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67GDB3 - $89.99
CPU: Intel Pentium G620 - $69.99
RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC 1333MHz 1.5V - $29.99
HD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB SSD Hybrid Drive - $109.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $89.99

Total: $502.93
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February 20, 2012 2:45:31 AM

Have you looked at the Mini's offered by NewEgg?

Giada A50-BA531 AMD Fusion E350 1.6G APU Dual Core ATI 6310 HDM+VGA WiFi USB 3.0 IR+Remote w/ 2GB RAM, 320G HD Nettop PC - $309.99

There are a ton of mini's out there right now that can easily do what you need in the $200~300 range ... all the way up to $1000+. Heh.

Mini / Booksize Systems

Just make sure you look at their spec thoroughly, as some of those are barebone systems.

(That Lenovo is probably a more powerful box, but remember, it's going to sound like a desktop ... ;) )

~C
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February 20, 2012 10:28:14 AM

CellDPXZ said:
Have you looked at the Mini's offered by NewEgg?

Giada A50-BA531 AMD Fusion E350 1.6G APU Dual Core ATI 6310 HDM+VGA WiFi USB 3.0 IR+Remote w/ 2GB RAM, 320G HD Nettop PC - $309.99

There are a ton of mini's out there right now that can easily do what you need in the $200~300 range ... all the way up to $1000+. Heh.

Mini / Booksize Systems

Just make sure you look at their spec thoroughly, as some of those are barebone systems.

(That Lenovo is probably a more powerful box, but remember, it's going to sound like a desktop ... ;) )

~C


Sounding and looking like a desktop are fine, as hearing the computer over a TV show is unlikely.
How is the AMD E350? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 20, 2012 3:25:42 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Sounding and looking like a desktop are fine, as hearing the computer over a TV show is unlikely.
How is the AMD E350? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd seriously hesitate to recommend that setup - if something goes wrong you most likely won't be able to get a replacement for it and you'll go through tech support hell to get there. :lol: 
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February 20, 2012 3:29:27 PM

RaspberryPi running XBMC.

Simple. less than $75
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February 20, 2012 8:55:42 PM

You can give something like this a shot.

Case+PSU: APEX TM-302-3 Black/Silver Steel MicroATX Mid Tower + 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99

HDD: HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$58.99

CPU+GPU: AMD A4-3300 Llana 2.5Ghz FM1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99

Ram: Patriot Signature 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15.99


Total: 278.94 Before Tax.

This build really keeps the price in mind...
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February 20, 2012 10:26:23 PM

madreag said:
You can give something like this a shot.

Case+PSU: APEX TM-302-3 Black/Silver Steel MicroATX Mid Tower + 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99

HDD: HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$58.99

CPU+GPU: AMD A4-3300 Llana 2.5Ghz FM1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99

Ram: Patriot Signature 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15.99


Total: 278.94 Before Tax.

This build really keeps the price in mind...


I pieced together a similar machine, but the price of Windows 7 puts that way out of the price range.
That PC that will go on shell shocker would just need a few upgrades and it would actually be pretty decent.
Upgrade 1GB to 4GB, and possibly add a discrete video card. The Intel Dual core CPU in it seems good also when it is very similar to my relative's current Emachines desktop.
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