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15th October 2008, 03:14 PM #1
Low Cost Media Centre PC
I am considering building a media centre PC. Just interested in any ideas or recommendations as to what components I should go for.
Cost is everything...I am looking to do this as cheaply as possible..
15th October 2008, 03:27 PM #2
Originally Posted by Jon
Mythtv (or mythbuntu) free linux based media center very good, but recommends a lot of hdd space, i am currently running it on the following hard ware:
AMD 3500+ CPU
1 gig ddr ram
PCI free view tv card.
cheap nvidia GF 6200 gfx card (only needed if require tv out).
just priced all this up in ebuyer and it came to £230 for better equipment.
Last edited by jmcdermott; 15th October 2008 at 03:33 PM.
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15th October 2008, 03:33 PM #3
How cheap is cheap?
I bought my system for around £400 although I use it for games as well. The trick is to go for passive cooling if poss because fan noise can be a real burden if you put it in a bedroom and it wakes itself at three in the morning to update the guide listing
Vista Home Premium
Intel E6750 dual core 2.66Ghz
Nvidia 8500GT passive Graphics
Zalman passive processor cooler with a 120mm fan attached which i can turn on for games
WinTV Nova dual DVB TV card
2Gb DDR2 Ram
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15th October 2008, 05:23 PM #4
I use a MacMini with an 1TB external drive
15th October 2008, 06:00 PM #5
I second that - I have one in my lounge. I got it off eBay for £200. I'm thinking of getting either a projector or one of those 26" LCDs to run with it.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
15th October 2008, 06:55 PM #6
Always goes one better
I'm thinking of getting either a projector
15th October 2008, 07:02 PM #7
- Rep Power
I have a popcorn hour HD media streamer with no hardrive so nice and quiet with a server in another room with 2 tb of video
Welcome To Popcorn Hour
15th October 2008, 07:17 PM #8
The netgear eva8000 dropped to just over £100 recently on amazon.co.uk
15th October 2008, 08:00 PM #9
Another vote here for the Mac Mini. Currently using one with itunes for music. Toying with the idea of a laptop with either itunes or Vista MCE.
Quite like the idea of having built it UPS.
15th October 2008, 10:06 PM #10
The good thing with a Mac Mini is that they are nice and compact and you get a little remote
15th October 2008, 10:26 PM #11
15th October 2008, 10:33 PM #12
Plus front row makes an excellent Media Centre.
Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK
15th October 2008, 11:42 PM #13
Fanless Mini-ITX board running Linux - GeeXboX/Freevo/MythTV. Cheap as chips.
15th October 2008, 11:51 PM #14
I have an XBox with Xbox Media Center, which you can now run on a PC (they even have a live CD) and it's great look into it XBMC Media Center
16th October 2008, 05:09 PM #15
Bought an Elonex Media Centre case, with quiet fans etc from ebuyer (with MoBo so onboard sound and graphics) £100, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD ROM, Hauppauge D500T dual tuner, Core2Duo e6400 Proc, Wireless Keytronic keyboard and mouse and Vista Ultimate OEM
Total Price was around the £450 mark.
Don't skimp on the processor, bought the wrong one at first (Dual core instead of core2duo) and the picture stuttered.
Have since upgraded MoBo and DVD to a combined BluRay/HDDVD drive and upgraded the graphics card to a Ge9600 HDMI thingy!!! Probably another £200 in upgrades, but is now all singing and all dancing, and very quiet.
For cost eBay/eBuyer are your friends!
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