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January 2, 2013 4:15:03 AM

Hi I'm looking to build an HTPC only for multimedia purposes such as playing back 1080p movies including netflix flawlessly through my 50" inch plasma TV connected via hdmi. I'm not concerned with gaming as I have a desktop for that. So without putting too much money down, I'm looking at a very tight budget of less than $350 to build such a thing. Basically I'd be running 1080p movies off a large internal HDD on this thing. Thank you.

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January 2, 2013 12:51:19 PM

Do you need an OS?
January 2, 2013 6:49:26 PM

The key sticking point is going to be Netflix...I have seen many reviews of Atom and E350 builds saying that they work for everything but Netflix HD. I just built an HTPC after doing some research on this and consensus seems to be Celeron G540 is the bare minimum that you need (not sure about AMD). This build plays back everything fine, but I don't subscribe to Netflix so I can't veryify that it will work for you. Here is a very similar build to mine that comes in at $250 without Windows (I am running Ubuntu with XBMC on mine).

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Apex DM-387 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $254.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 15:48 EST-0500)
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January 2, 2013 6:53:05 PM

An AMD APU may be your best choice . The cheapest quad core model ,
January 3, 2013 12:40:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $341.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)