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So my brother was mentioning that he was considering getting this: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7300/list.true

Apparently it comes with an xbox too, so he's feeling enticed. I talked to him about considering a home build so he can make it the way he wants. I told him I could look into it to see what you guys think. I built my first computer this year, but I figured an HTPC isn't much harder if planned well enough. Could you put together a better one for cheaper?

He also asked about being able to control it with his phone in case he didn't feel like using a mouse and keyboard.
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So my brother was mentioning that he was considering getting this: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7300/list.true

Apparently it comes with an xbox too, so he's feeling enticed. I talked to him about considering a home build so he can make it the way he wants. I told him I could look into it to see what you guys think. I built my first computer this year, but I figured an HTPC isn't much harder if planned well enough. Could you put together a better one for cheaper?

He also asked about being able to control it with his phone in case he didn't feel like using a mouse and keyboard.

This one is cheaper, but doesn't come with a free Xbox.

I believe he can use his phone to control it, or the magic trackpad would work great too.

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So my brother was mentioning that he was considering getting this: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7300/list.true

Apparently it comes with an xbox too, so he's feeling enticed. I talked to him about considering a home build so he can make it the way he wants. I told him I could look into it to see what you guys think. I built my first computer this year, but I figured an HTPC isn't much harder if planned well enough. Could you put together a better one for cheaper?

He also asked about being able to control it with his phone in case he didn't feel like using a mouse and keyboard.
You can build a HTPC for $300 or so.
$50 HDD
$25 ODD
$30 4GB RAM
$30 PSU
$50-100 case
$100-200 CPU+mobo.

Yes, there is free software to remotely control a PC as long as there is wireless.
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Thanks, any suggestions on a particular build?
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Yeah you can remotely control any PC as long as you have it connected to a home network and your remote control device is also connected.

So don't buy something under the impression that you are paying for the RC feature.
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To be honest, if you look at the first 2-3 pages in the subforum you will see alot of budget HTPC builds. Doesn't sound like you need anything special, just remove their tv tuners if they have them.
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Thanks, any suggestions on a particular build?
Personally, I would wait till AMD launches their cheaper/lower power Lllano APUs.
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Didn't know anything new was coming out. Any time table on it?
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Didn't know anything new was coming out. Any time table on it?
Apparently, they're supposedly available now or something. Haven't really seen the new chips anywhere for sale, though.
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That is a pretty decent mATX build that prices out to $575 + shipping. If you want to get a nice iTX build it's going to cost you a little more.

The lower wattage Llano builds will be good in the future, to echo what Duckie said above.


EDIT: Appears I forgot to add a Blu Ray Drive....make that $650.
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