Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week or next
Budget Range: $300-400, including tax and shipping and after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVR (MythTv or similar), Netflix Streaming, ripping, storing and viewing DVDs and/or pictures, storing Wii games. Possibly also watchESPN app (ESPN3) if I can ever figure out a way to get it through Time Warner, or maybe even playing arcade games (MAME)
Monitor: 36" HDTV
Cable / Satellite: I have just over the air tv. No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: wherever is fine
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Parts Preferences: no strong preference
Miscellaneous: I have no parts other than the TV though I could probably scrounge a mouse / keyboard
I'm trying to build a fairly low budget HTPC. As you can see, we don't have a super high end TV, nor do we watch a ton of TV. Mostly looking to be able to DVR, as well as store and play some of our media.
Total is $455.63 though this does not include any OS (talking with a buddy that works for Microsoft to see if he has any deals on Windows) nor any keyboard / mouse / remote (are there ports to temporarily use a regular USB keyboard / mouse?) as well as any cables (or do those usually come with the parts?)
Any suggestions on how to drop the price any? I know I could skimp a bit on the storage (especially if I choose not to get a SSD) but I'm not sure if that's worth it. Seems silly to pay $59 for a 500GB or $79 for a 1TB when you can buy a 2TB drive for $99....