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I am moving into my first apartment in the fall for University and I want to be able to stream/play any of my "acquired" content, be it music, movies, TV shows etc onto the TV in the living room.

I don't have a lot of money to put into the HTPC/Media Centre and it seems like I have two choices:

A) Buy something like this: http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032263

B) Build a new HTPC from scratch which will obviously cost more money.

Help me out!
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I am moving into my first apartment in the fall for University and I want to be able to stream/play any of my "acquired" content, be it music, movies, TV shows etc onto the TV in the living room.

I don't have a lot of money to put into the HTPC/Media Centre and it seems like I have two choices:

A) Buy something like this: http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032263

B) Build a new HTPC from scratch which will obviously cost more money.

Help me out!


for college the best think i know is this one here ROKU My buddy just got one and I'm really into to get one just to put in my bedroom. I do have a HTPC spec
Edited by skyn3t - 8/9/11 at 7:46pm
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I am moving into my first apartment in the fall for University and I want to be able to stream/play any of my "acquired" content, be it music, movies, TV shows etc onto the TV in the living room.

I don't have a lot of money to put into the HTPC/Media Centre and it seems like I have two choices:

A) Buy something like this: http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032263

B) Build a new HTPC from scratch which will obviously cost more money.
Assuming you don't know how some of that "acquired" content is encoded, I suggest building an HTPC. Since standalone players (SAP) rely on hardware decoders, it's possible you might encounter content that the WDTV Live and others like it won't play.

Something like the following would work:
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
PSU isn't anything to right home about but at least it's not awful. If you want to go to the Intel camp, then swap the MB+CPU to the following (granted, it'll cost you a bit more):
Not really sure what prices are like in Canada but those are some builds you might want to consider on the low end. Llano's another option but it's gonna cost you a bit more as the cheapest Llano CPU is $110 and FM1 motherboard prices are still high.

If you can find combo deals, those would also be good. I don't suggest either Zacate or Atom/ION. The CPU on both is too anemic so if you encounter some esoterically encoded content, it's possible they wouldn't do any better than a SAP.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 8/10/11 at 6:47am
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