I am asking for help from others because I am not sure if this is even possible, but it might be because I don't really need it to do much. Here are what I am looking for:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: probably sometime by the end of the year, but October would be my best guess.
Budget Range: I would like it to be as cheap as humanly possible (I am a university student after all)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies from a hard drive (max 720p), also I would like cd/dvd/bluray reader so I can watch movies and stuff. Basically, I want a glorified dvd player.
Are you buying a monitor: Nope. I will be connecting this via hdmi to my hdtv.
Parts to Upgrade: I have a dvd/cd reader, but figured I should update it so it has bluray as well for the future.
Do you need to buy OS: Nope, I will be using xbmc or some variant of linux.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would prefer to be able to go into a store to buy stuff but that is downright impossible so as long as it is a Canadian site, it should be do-able.
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: No real preferences.
Your Monitor Resolution: I can't recall to resolution at this time but it is a 32" hdtv so take your best guess.
Additional Comments: I don't even really need wireless capabilities but if the hdd could be easily accessible so I can put new content on every so often, that would be great!
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a media pc! I am trying to separate all my media from all my work stuff so they don't get so cluttered.
First off, I am a she, but besides that...I was thinking about getting raspberry pi but them I figured that after getting a case (which are on backorder), the hassle of getting it in Canada (only one supplier), and the fact that I would need to get an external dvd, I figured just making my own system would be easier and quicker in the long run. Thanks for all of your suggestions!