Hey guys. So for christmas this year I was thinking of building my family a HTPC as a present to them all. I live in Ireland so we don't get parts quite as cheap as in America so I will have a selection of websites to choose from.
I don't want something mad expensive. Just something to store all their music and movies and be able to watch them using XMBC or whatever. So I will need a remote too. Also would be cool if it could play some emulators for my younger sister and brother.
Websites I can get stuff off: www.dabs.iewww.komplett.iewww.pixmania.iewww.elara.ie
I have a build here but its quite expensive. http://puu.sh/19tid
It ends up being 500.23 with a coupon. So yeah what do you guys reckon? How can I get that price down loads? Thanks!
You don't need more than 4GB in a HTPC...apart from that, both those builds are good. Remember the noise issue though...silence is king for an HTPC, so try not to get components that are going to be overly warm as they'll need fans to cool them.
For the sake of reducing noise, I'd be tempted to get a 5400RPM drive and possibly a cheaper case. Also the A6-3500, slightly weaker performance on the CPU side but should stay cooler. A cheap CPU cooler may be worth considering as well.
EDIT: Also, I don't know about you but I really like the look of the Logitech K400 for a HTPC
Thanks a lot for all the help guys really appreciate it!
Just need to find something that is quite affordable. Even though it will be a family present I still can't break the bank. I'll see if my sister could chip in possibly.
Anything else I could do to reduce prices?
Also yeah I was looking at that keyboard it seems like a very reasonably priced thing so I might get that!