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post #21 of 29
Do like I did...score a decent free computer
and throw a decent Card in it.
I got the computer for a little side work then I spent $39.99 on the HD5450
Hard work pays off...lol

But seriously. check sites for Bogo type deals
Microcenter has AMD Phenom II's on sale
buy a 560 Black for $89 get a Mobo from $0-19.99+
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
Edited by von rottes - 5/26/11 at 5:58am
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Originally Posted by Mr. Stroker;13517247 
This mobo is awesome. Its an Atom//ION itx with its own power brick. Just need a cheap case and a huge hdd with some ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131635

I am amazed they sell something like that... Good work wink.gif
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Honestly, you're better off just getting a PlayStation 3.
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena;13642475 
Honestly, you're better off just getting a PlayStation 3.
For plain Blu-ray and Netflix, that's true. The PS3 also has access to Netflix 1080p with 5.1 Dolby while the maximum quality you get on the PC is 720p Stereo.

If he also needs it for doing homework and papers, though, obviously, he'd have to go with a PC.
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post #25 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by VanillaCena;13642475 
Honestly, you're better off just getting a PlayStation 3.

This actually is a pretty good idea. You would be able to play Blu-ray movies, stream Netflix movies, and play games on it. You also could find a used PS3 for ~$200.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;13643674 
For plain Blu-ray and Netflix, that's true. The PS3 also has access to Netflix 1080p with 5.1 Dolby while the maximum quality you get on the PC is 720p Stereo.

If he also needs it for doing homework and papers, though, obviously, he'd have to go with a PC.

It looks like he already has a gaming PC so he should be able to do homework on that. smile.gif
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post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
I used a PS3 for the past couple months for streaming and stuff, but what bothered me was the inability to play certain formats of movies on my HDD. I had to convert it to a playable format and that sometimes didnt work too. They also can't read external hard drives that aren't FAT32 so it was a huge hassle to split files to 4 GB.

I am able to up my budget to about 300-350 though. I might just get a used PS3 and some decent bookshelf speakers to make it simple.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by Smallville;13649356 
I used a PS3 for the past couple months for streaming and stuff, but what bothered me was the inability to play certain formats of movies on my HDD. I had to convert it to a playable format and that sometimes didnt work too. They also can't read external hard drives that aren't FAT32 so it was a huge hassle to split files to 4 GB.
If you want something capable of playing back pretty much every file format or codec you throw at it, then that's definitely a PC. Just a thought, though, why not connect your very nice laptop which likely has HDMI out to your HDTV?
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post #28 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smallville;13517132 
What is the CHEAPEST build I can do?...
I'm a poor college student...
I want to be able to watch Netflix/720p flawlessly...
If all you really want is netflix support, just buy a ROKU player. Even the cheapest version ($59) can play netflix 720p. ROKU also supports hulu plus, amazon instant video and a BUNCH of other stuff smile.gif

It isn't a HTPC, but it will allow for netflix at 720p like you want and it is very cheap. And if you want bluray, just buy a cheap bluray player to go with it.

Then save the HTPC build for when you have the money to do it right smile.gif
Edited by un-nefer - 5/27/11 at 4:00am
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post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;13650517 
If you want something capable of playing back pretty much every file format or codec you throw at it, then that's definitely a PC. Just a thought, though, why not connect your very nice laptop which likely has HDMI out to your HDTV?

I've been doing that with my x120e and it works fairly well. I just don't have a wireless keyboard at the moment. Which one do you guys recommend for surfing from the bed? My other laptop is full of wires and it would be too big of a hassle to move.
Quote:
Originally Posted by un-nefer;13653637 
If all you really want is netflix support, just buy a ROKU player. Even the cheapest version ($59) can play netflix 720p. ROKU also supports hulu plus, amazon instant video and a BUNCH of other stuff smile.gif

It isn't a HTPC, but it will allow for netflix at 720p like you want and it is very cheap. And if you want bluray, just buy a cheap bluray player to go with it.

Then save the HTPC build for when you have the money to do it right smile.gif

Hmm, I forgot they had these things. The $59 version doesn't look like it plays videos from external hard drives, but $99 to be able to do 1080p + streaming is still pretty good. I'll look into these if I don't just end up buying a keyboard and using my netbook. Thanks!
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