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Hello OC Community,

My parents are coming to visit from Vietnam and I want to build a cheap HTPC just so they can watch streaming TV online when I'm at work. That's all it needs to be able to do, just plug into my TV via HDMI and watch vietnamese channels online. The following is the cheapest I have been able to come up with:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112 $30
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121558 $30
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116389 $30
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131339 $30
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170012 $20
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145180 $30

I am planning on running Ubuntu OS (or maybe Xubuntu, any thoughs?). Instead of a hard drive, I'm just going to use a USB flash card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145180 $12

This totals me to $180.

Any thoughts? Can anyone think of ways to make it even cheaper since what it needs to do is so basic?
post #2 of 7
I'm Vietnamese too but one question: where do you streaming the vn channels from? day in US is night in VN and channels at night is kinda suck ( I try on my parents and they watching direct tv instead haha)
HOwever, You can cut off the GPU bc you use for streaming VN movie where the quality isn't HD, reduce the ram to 2gb wih cost ~ 10 bucks.
There's another option that you can get a mini pc on newegg for 129$, it can easily play streaming movie smile.gif
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post #3 of 7
That really is an inexpensive build! You could drop to 1gig of ram for around half the price as the 2gigs.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 7
Change the case to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010

and you can drop the PSU since this one has it built in. Saves $10. Like the other psoters said reduce RAM to 2gb and lose the GPU. The flash drive you linked to was the ram but any flash drive will do. I got an 8gb sandisk drive for like $8.
post #5 of 7
I recommend AMD Zacate instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157228
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128468
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131697

Take your pick, either one can be an affordable HTPC and beat Pentium D setup. CPU, Motherboard, and GPU all in one. smile.gif
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i would just get the new xbmcbuntu
then use icefilms for streaming
 
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post #7 of 7
Yes, that is sufficient. Take up the others on their $ saving advice.
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