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Hello,

I know that I have posted here before, but I am in need of a new HTPC. My last one fried and I need to build another one. I don't really have a budget, but I really need it to be as cheap as possible...if that makes any sense. All I need it to do is run Windows 8 and XBMC, and that is all. The only thing that I have is an SSD, so I would need everything else. I would like it as small as possible, as well. It doesn't really matter if it is Intel or AMD. I do not wish to use a GPU, though. I live in Florida, USA, if that helps.

Thank you in advance for all responses!

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post #2 of 22
Honestly, I'd check Craigslist for used PCs. That's cheaper than anything you can build new.
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Honestly, I'd check Craigslist for used PCs. That's cheaper than anything you can build new.
+1
If you do an Intel Pentium build it's going to cost $150 or so for the CPU/MoBo, a Seasonic 360G PSU is another $60 or so, 4GB RAM, a case, an HDD (if you need file storage), and your petty much looking at $350 or so minus the OS (I'm assuming you have the Win8 OS already
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I built my mother in law a apu for $200
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+1
If you do an Intel Pentium build it's going to cost $150 or so for the CPU/MoBo, a Seasonic 360G PSU is another $60 or so, 4GB RAM, a case, an HDD (if you need file storage), and your petty much looking at $350 or so minus the OS (I'm assuming you have the Win8 OS already

Celeron G1820 $50
ASRock H81M-ITX $60
Apex MI-100 w/250W PSU $50
4GB DDR3 1600 Value RAM $35
TOTAL $195 not including OS

If you go microATX, there's plenty of options from both AMD and Intel.
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Celeron G1820 $50
ASRock H81M-ITX $60
Apex MI-100 w/250W PSU $50
4GB DDR3 1600 Value RAM $35
TOTAL $195 not including OS

If you go microATX, there's plenty of options from both AMD and Intel.

Thank you very much!

Will this run HD/1080p movies and streams without any hickups?
post #7 of 22
Still think a AMD apu would be a better option
post #8 of 22
If all you want it to do is play content with XBMC, a Raspberry Pi handles even high bitrate 1080p BluRay rips with the extra codecs, which cost like $5.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=152339

The guy mentioned a few issues with very high bit rates, but if you aren't playing insanely high bit rate content, I don't think you can get much cheaper than a Pi. If you have a Microcenter close by, Model B is only $30, a case is $10 and you can find a power set up for next to nothing. For everything you need, assuming you already have an HDMI cable and SD card, you're looking at like $55. If you need those too, you're looking at like $70, tops.

I don't know how you store your media, but if you run it off a server, an Amazon Fire HD for $99 can use Plex, which in my opinion is a hell of a lot better than XBMC.
Edited by Xylene - 4/6/14 at 5:12pm
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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Xylene View Post

If all you want it to do is play content with XBMC, a Raspberry Pi handles even high bitrate 1080p BluRay rips with the extra codecs, which cost like $5.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=152339

The guy mentioned a few issues with very high bit rates, but if you aren't playing insanely high bit rate content, I don't think you can get much cheaper than a Pi. If you have a Microcenter close by, Model B is only $30, a case is $10 and you can find a power set up for next to nothing. For everything you need, assuming you already have an HDMI cable and SD card, you're looking at like $55. If you need those too, you're looking at like $70, tops.

I don't know how you store your media, but if you run it off a server, an Amazon Fire HD for $99 can use Plex, which in my opinion is a hell of a lot better than XBMC.

Thank you for your response.

I was actually looking into Pi and the FireTV. I read that you can sideload XBMC onto FireTV, so that is something that I am really considering. I have been looking into Android boxes and I think that I would like to go with one of those. I think that it would be pretty cool to be able to run some old school emulators, like NES, and newer stuff from GooglePlay. FireTV is Android based. Here are somethings that I am looking at right now:

KEEDOX® Quad Core Android Google 4.2.2 Smart TV Box XBMC
MatricomⓇ G-Box MX2 Dual Core XBMC Android 4.2

What do you think of those, or perhaps even the Amazon FireTV?
post #10 of 22
I'd personally go with the Fire TV over those other no name boxes because Amazon is a great company who usually offers great support. There is no point building an entire PC just for video playback when there are cheaper, smaller and lower power devices for a fraction of the cost.. AND THEY COME WITH A REMOTE MAN!!!
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