HTPC Build Advice
The wife wants me to build a home theatre PC that will allow us to watch Blu Ray DVD's on a 26" LCD TV and surf the Internet on. The budget is $300-$400
The audio will be handle through the HDMI to the TV. Don't need anything over the top. This will be in our bedroom.
The cheapest Blu-Ray reader is 150$ at NCIX. Doesn't leave much for the other components...
I think I need to talk to her about upping the budget on this. Maybe convince her to make a HTPC/Gaming Rig.
I used a P5N HDMI shown here ...
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
It was 70$ back in July and used a 420 cpu.
Although I don't watch Bluray, this system has turned out very well.
I noticed that the cpu usage is about 24 - 35% watching xvid's.
Used 1GB at first but was getting out of memory message playing dvd's so I upgraded to 2GB.
2nd computer in my sig is my HTPC + BOINCer all I need is the blu-ray drive and i'm set. I'm really happy with the Antec case and the AMD stuff was a lot cheaper then a decent 775 setup.
Misterd is suggesting a good setup for an HTPC, I have something similar and so far it's working great. I am using a 780G MB + AMD 5200 + ATI 3470 GPU. It's not yet connected to an HDTV but it will soon. As for playing Blu-ray with the integrated GPU I won't comment on that since I never tried it.
I put together a system with the same CPU+Mobo as Misterd, and found it to be an excellent platform for HTPCs. I didn't have a blu-ray drive available but tested it with some 1080p .mkv files (more demanding than blu-ray, as they aren't always encoded to take full advantage of HW acceleration) and used the DTS interactive output, and was extremely impressed.
do not use noisy onboard video, you will regret it.
BALISTX, I got a build for you. It's the best for the cheapest I could find, unfortunately it goes OB a bit. Talk to your wife about adding $200-300 more, so that you can get a better one w/ better sound and better picture, hell, more storage too. XD
Case: Apex DM-317 - $46
MB: ECS GeForce 6100PM-M2 - $46
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2GHZ - $44
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR2-800 - $46
Video: Gigabyte HD3450 Low Profile HDMI-OUT - $50
Sound: Asus Xonar DX - $100
HDD: WD 320GB SATA - $52
BD/DV:LG GGC-H20L - $140
$124 OB, but hey, it WORKS! :p
get rid of the xonar and it'll be fine. the 3450 plays audio out of its hdmi.
Anyways, resurecting old threads ftw!
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