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    Want to build HTPC for under 100 can it be done?

    I want a computer that will run OpenElec XBMC, well it has to have HDMI with full HD support 1080p, needs to be quiet and small but at the same time has enough power to run XBMC smoothly. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I was looking at Intels NUC but add on the Ram, Wifi Card and MSATA and it goes nearly to 200 which I just can't afford!

    Any ideas would be most appreciated

    Oh and Raspberry Pi is out of the question as it won't playback my DVBViewer TV server
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    I've got some small form dc7700s that you can have with a hdmi gfx card for less than 100

    They'll run it no problem I think

    Edit: Probably a bit bigger than you wanted though

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I've got some small form dc7700s that you can have with a hdmi gfx card for less than 100

    They'll run it no problem I think

    Edit: Probably a bit bigger than you wanted though
    Cheers matey, though I have one of them already bought it from ebay for 45 ages ago, they're too big and ugly for under my TV Haha

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    Does it need much local storage or will it be streaming it's content from elsewhere on your network?

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    It will be streaming from my home server so no need for much storage as long as theirs enough to put OpenElec onto it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    It will be streaming from my home server so no need for much storage as long as theirs enough to put OpenElec onto it!
    OK and you mentioned that R-Pi won't work with your DVB streamer - is that because it's incompatible with Linux or just ARM?

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    I don't know it's really strange t will play the sound although won't show the video. I'm guessing its a codec problem but can't find a single thing online to see how to make it work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    I don't know it's really strange t will play the sound although won't show the video. I'm guessing its a codec problem but can't find a single thing online to see how to make it work.
    I'd be looking in to that first, as sub 100 R-Pi is probably your only option unless you can pick up an NUC or nettop second hand.

    A quick Google suggests that there was/is a known bug in OpenELEC preventing streaming live TV.

    Before you spend any money, I'd try the RPi again with the latest version of OpenELEC and if you still have no luck, try it with RaspBMC.

    Could save you over 100!

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    I've tried both ! Raspbmc and OpenElec neither works properly, tell a lie I did find a forum at one point that states DVBViewer won't work on raspberry pi! *sigh* Anyone selling a second hand NUC?

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    Your other option then is to hit eBay. I reckon if you're patient, you'll pick up a mini-ITX mobo with CPU, case and RAM for under 100, then just whack in a small SSD and you're good to go. Zotac used to do a lot of mini-ITX with CPU built in, they were extremely popular for media centres a few years ago, so you might pick one up cheap now. Not going to match an NUC for performance but if you'll literally just be using it as a media centre, it'll be more than powerful enough (much more powerful than an RPi)

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    Yeah will keep my eye out cheers mate!

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    I've had one of these running XBMC for the last few years.

    Modding the Acer Revo | bit-tech.net

    Media is stored on a Freenas box in another room.

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    I'm currently playing with Android devices... more specifically a Minix Neo x7 mini.

    I'm not overly impressed with the device but it is currently playing:

    Code:
    90% of my 1080p content
    100% of my 720p content
    100% of SD PVR content
    Not really working with HD PVR but I expect this to change
    For my PVR side of things I'm using TVHeadend which has near instant channel changing speeds.

    I think there are some new Android devices about to be launched which should play better with XBMC and for around 85 I think they are good solutions... they're also very small and fit behind the TV.

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    The Acer Revo's still seem to go for more than 100 on ebay My brothers phone which has XBMC on it plays DVBviewer perfectly fine problem being no remote control support !!

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    call me an idiot if I am wrong, is openelec a varient of XBMC?

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