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Hey guys!

So I recently (about 6 months ago) built a very nice gaming PC from the help of the guys on this forum.
I now need something to get my movies from my computer to my tv! I want a really nice interface and would nice to be able to use a harmony remote or my iphone 4 if possible.

Now there is the option of building an HTPC, apple tv, boxee box, xbmc etc.
I've been trying out boxee box software and its pretty nice. So now I could either buy a boxee box (199.99) or apple tv or build a htpc and just have boxee software or something else running on it? How much is it to build a nice HTPC? WHich option is the best? what are the advantages/disadvantages of building an HTPC or using a boxeebox/appletv/ etc?
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if you want to give it a try, and you have an old xbox to mess with, you can mod an original xbox to run xbmc and use that, it can pull and play media from a network drive.

I have never really used anything else, I love my xbox mod too much.

You could build a cheap media pc and run your choice of software on it.
If you want a small PC for just the TV I would recommend this over a custom build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883108399

good luck with your project.
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You can make one for about 400 or so including windows, and it will work well. I'll make sure to send you a recommendation when I get home from work
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there is also this which comes with a remote to use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-321-_-Product
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
if you want to give it a try, and you have an old xbox to mess with, you can mod an original xbox to run xbmc and use that, it can pull and play media from a network drive.

I have never really used anything else, I love my xbox mod too much.

You could build a cheap media pc and run your choice of software on it.
If you want a small PC for just the TV I would recommend this over a custom build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883108399

good luck with your project.
too bad i dont have an old xbox :/ that pc in the link looks pretty cool also the one with the remote. Would it not be cheaper to build my own?
And besides price being a little higher is it better to go with an htpc or the boxee etc. I'm just not sure what the difference would be.
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too bad i dont have an old xbox :/ that pc in the link looks pretty cool also the one with the remote. Would it not be cheaper to build my own?
And besides price being a little higher is it better to go with an htpc or the boxee etc. I'm just not sure what the difference would be.
Im not sure if you can beat under 400 dollars for a quality machine, and I know you aren't going to be able to make on that small.

but with a custom build you will have the ability to upgrade it later beyond just ram and hard drive. So if you want to upgrade then i would go with an ITX build.
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You can make one for about 400 or so including windows, and it will work well. I'll make sure to send you a recommendation when I get home from work
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I built my i5 HTPC for around $500. Most people don't need an i5 but I wanted to fold on it also. You can pick up a cheap AMD dual core in the market place and if you want a mobo and ram from there too. You could possibly do it for 300 but budget 400-500 just incase

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I built my i5 HTPC for around $500. Most people don't need an i5 but I wanted to fold on it also. You can pick up a cheap AMD dual core in the market place and if you want a mobo and ram from there too. You could possibly do it for 300 but budget 400-500 just incase

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Yep, build it to your needs.

If you don't need the HTPC to handle gaming or folding you can get away with an integrated GPU and a cheaper CPU and overall system components. The advantage of building it yourself is largely the ability to choose components specifically for their features, and the ability to upgrade the machine to fit your needs later.

Want features Boxee doesn't have? You only need to install the hardware in your HTPC for any functionality you want.

Also, XBMC is pretty slick and you can run it on your windows machine, no need for an xbox.
    
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What I used was a up converted Yamaha Reciever. I turn on the HTPC then it goes to my Reciever Via HDMI and then HDMI to my Monitor.. 52 inch plasma. I get my Netflix or I just use the latest version of Windows media player or what ever video software came with your DVD.

Your HDMI will be both sound and video so it all gets processed again through the reciever and then output to the speakers and the Monitor.

Here is a nice page of video player software.
    
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