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Suggest a good cheap HTPC for me!

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Hey guys, 

I am looking for a small HTPC to plug into my TV via HDMI. It doesn't need to be super tiny, but small is nice. It needs to be capable of 1080p playback. What is the cheapest / most recommended HTPC I can get? I'd like a fair amount of storage - nothing huge, I'd say 250Gb minimum. Wireless connectivity is also needed.

I don't particularly care to build this one myself, but if it's significantly cheaper or something then I would consider it. 

 

No Android please! Windows only. I have a copy of Windows on-hand also.

 

Thank you! Rep for suggestions :)


Edited by Powermonkey500 - 2/10/13 at 6:15pm
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A few months ago I was looking at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119072

My dad was using a crummy laptop that I managed to get working, so I figured something like this would be good for hooking up to his TV in the kitchen, but he said that's not what he wanted. IIRC that one can mount on the back of the TV using the wall mount holes. Just add a stick of ram and a drive and its ready to go.

Otherwise a cheap APU/mobo, or if you have an old CPU and mobo laying around just get a cheap hdmi graphics card and you are good. Until my last upgrade I was using a P4 and an HD4550 ($30) and it worked fantastic for video playback.
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I just found a $200 mini pc on craigslist with pretty good specs.... I might have to get this. Thank you very much for the suggestion! +rep

 

 

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AMD a10 5800k black edition complete computer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

selling and AMD A10 5800k cpu overclocked the igpu up to 1013mhz the cpu overclocked the cpu to 4.4ghz

motherboard asrock a75-pro4m matx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157342

4gigs of Crucial Ballistix 2 gigs in 2 sticks. 

aftermarket heatsink with 120 mm fan. has 3 copper direct contact pipes 

Western Digitial 320gb sata 2 7400rpm Hard drive.

Apeviea Q pack case dvd player burner power supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144162
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