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post #11 of 17
No you can't use your laptop ram or your laptop optical drive. There is someone selling a mini itx system that you could possibly buy in the for sale section.
post #12 of 17
You know. You said you wanted to do streaming to multiple TV right? What about something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856178002

Runs on Android 4.0, has wifi for networking, and micro SD Card slot. This might be perfect. Get one for each TV.
Edited by Erick Silver - 6/15/13 at 4:36pm
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post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by NickMUK View Post

Pharcycle: Not sure Raspberry Pi is for me, I don't really know anything about Linux although we did briefly use it at school.

honestly if you run it with XBMC you won't even know it's running linux. All the setup procedure for RaspBMC involves is getting a SD card and a reader for your PC, downloading and running the SD installer in windows (http://www.raspbmc.com/download/) then pop the SD card into the Pi and turn it on. It'll download all files and set itself up in about 30mins. After that it just runs XBMC which is the same across windows, linux or mac and is by far the best media player around in my opinion. For £31 (http://raspberrypi.rsdelivers.com/default.aspx?cl=1) + accessories you really can't beat it!
 
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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by pharcycle View Post

honestly if you run it with XBMC you won't even know it's running linux. All the setup procedure for RaspBMC involves is getting a SD card and a reader for your PC, downloading and running the SD installer in windows (http://www.raspbmc.com/download/) then pop the SD card into the Pi and turn it on. It'll download all files and set itself up in about 30mins. After that it just runs XBMC which is the same across windows, linux or mac and is by far the best media player around in my opinion. For £31 (http://raspberrypi.rsdelivers.com/default.aspx?cl=1) + accessories you really can't beat it!

I love XBMC, but I really wish they'd come up with a full html browser for it. It's one of the major things holding it back, imo.
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post #15 of 17
Have you considered an Android mini-PC such as this ?
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post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Jeffwx7 & Erick: I've seen them but I'm not sure it's for me. Besides, I've wanted to have a go at building a PC for years.

I want to be able to run iTunes and play DVD's/Blu Ray anyway. I've decided to wait so I can spend some more money in the future and build something better.

Thanks for everyone's help, I'll no doubt be asking for some more advice in the coming months.
post #17 of 17
Here is a build I configure for low end HTPCs Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg.pdf 345k .pdf file

For around $450 it should do everything you need. You could also save some money on the CPU if you go down to an A8.

Cheers
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