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here's my rig:
It's a Dell I got on a killer deal about 18 months ago.
If I remember correctly the price with a 24'' Dell Monitor was around $550 shipped (from Dell), so I jumped on it even though I didn't need the computer..
Q6600 Quad Core @ Stock Speeds
Vista Media Edition
HD 2600XT ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102703 )
LG HDDVD/BluRay Drive
Audio is provided by the Video Card ( 5.1HD through HDMI) goes to TV, then to the Onkyo receiver. Was a bit of a hassle to get the audio working initially, but once I got it working, no problems whatsoever.
I had it sitting for a while, but just put it back online today, next step is to get a network drive methinks. Still has last year's drivers on it, but I don't really want to update since nothing's broken...
Is it worth upgrading the video card? It runs all my HD videos no problem...
Here's some pics, the last one is the entire setup
Here are the specs of my HTPC:
Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition @ 3.624GHz
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Cooler
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G Motherboard
HD3200 onboard video card connected to TV via HDMI
Cooler Master 500W PSU
Samsung 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2-800
Western Digital 2x160GB SATA Hard Drives in RAID 0
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC Build 7100
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 4000
No TV tuner right now but that may change later
Viewsonic 26" LCD 720P HDTV
I use it to watch ripped movies and TV shows on a shared partition on my sig rig (it has the big hard drives) via Windows Media Center. It works pretty sweet and is so cool. Don't have to touch my DVDs again.
Pictures of it bellow:
IMO, if just want to watch Blu-ray movies then just get a standalone player. On a HTPC you can play video games, browse the web, play ripped movies. HTPCs can be pretty cheap to put together, my P4 coupled with a ATI HD365o + DXVA plays 1080p fine.
I've never messed around with Media Center but can I ask how you are able to get the box shots of all your movies in the menu like that? Is that just a built in feature? I would love to have something like that.
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