Approximate Purchase Date: Within a Week Budget Range: Under $300 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strictly 1) VLC Media Player to play media from the network, 2) Amazon Instant Video, 3) Youtube, 4) check fantasy football scores in a web browser. Parts Not Required: N/A Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Country: USA Parts Preferences: N/A Overclocking: N/A SLI or Crossfire: N/A Monitor Resolution: 1080p Additional Comments: I don't know if I should be in New Build or the Prebuilt forum for this. On the surface I like the $100 Google.TV boxes (VIZIO co-star or Logitech Revue), but I've never seen them so I don't know how well they work. I know a $300 custom box will get me where I'm going though.
What do you think of this? It should perform excellently as an HTPC. If you want a Blu-Ray drive instead of a DVD drive, that'll be just slightly out of budget unless you go down to a 250GB Caviar Blue hard drive and an inferior motherboard.