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haller14
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3rd Dec 06 at 22:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

200 - 400 Thats my tops

1 - 2gb Ram
200+ Hard Drive

Dont mind if spec's are lower..

ive been looking on the net but cant find anything
ssj_kakarot
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3rd Dec 06 at 23:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i got mine off ebay was a right bargain if i do say so my self, xp 64 3800+, 1 gig kingston ram, ati radeon graphics, 5.1 sound ect ect.

only cost me 120, i then added a 300gig sata harddrive 40 from ebay, wireless media centre keyboard 18 quid ebay, and wireless network card.

hooked it up to my lcd and couldnt be happier so yeah my suggestion try ebay should pick up a decent spec for 200.



pic of it.

[Edited on 03-12-2006 by ssj_kakarot]


[Edited on 03-12-2006 by ssj_kakarot]
haller14
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4th Dec 06 at 00:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

anychance of gettin me the link to the seller if he has his own shop..
haller14
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4th Dec 06 at 08:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote



or anyother media centrers

[Edited on 04-12-2006 by haller14]
ssj_kakarot
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na sorry mate he was selling as a one off,

quite a few on the bay http://search.ebay.co.uk/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&catref=C12&from=R10&sbrbin=t&satitle=media+centre&sacat=179%26catref%3DC6&a26443=-24&a26444=-24&a12=-24&a25710=-24&a10244=-24&alist=a26443%2Ca26444%2Ca12%2Ca25710%2Ca10244%2Ca3801&pfmode=1&reqtype=1&gcs=1504&pfid=1826&pf_query=media+centre&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D3&sadis=200&fpos=Postcode&sascs=2&ga10244=10425&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=3%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search


all buy it now, probs find one cheaper if you bid for it.
haller14
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4th Dec 06 at 17:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looked on

savastore
misco
pc world
currys
comet
dixons

and so on.. but nothing in my price range of 200 - 300 I would like it too have quite a good spec.. at a cheapish price, Just want it all too look nice with my 30" Bush LCD Tele that i bought yesterday

[Edited on 04-12-2006 by haller14]
haller14
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ssj_kakarot
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theres loads on the bay

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ADVENT-XP-MEDIA-CENTRE-PC-MC3020-SLIMLINE-WARRANTY_W0QQitemZ260060990098QQihZ016QQcategoryZ179QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Complete-Mini-Itx-Multi-Media-PC-Computer-System_W0QQitemZ200055198298QQihZ010QQcategoryZ179QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

theres two systems well within your budget with a decent spec and buy it now, chuck and extra 100 at them and you can have a really good system.
haller14
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11th Dec 06 at 01:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Right..

if i make it my self then i have to buy the OS right?

Windows Media Centre 2005.. how much is that?
Bart
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11th Dec 06 at 08:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by haller14
Right..

if i make it my self then i have to buy the OS right?



Says who?




i built mine myself and didnt buy it
ssj_kakarot
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11th Dec 06 at 09:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yup could always purchase it from the special shop, however, dont bother with media centre i had it installed on mine and went tback to pro.

theres a free front end called gameex that does the same as media centre and a lot more, like integration with mame and numerous emulaters its top.
haller14
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But i dont have a windows xp disk at all didnt come with my new computer..

Rob_Quads
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11th Dec 06 at 12:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you are around the 400 mark I would say hold off for a while and see how much the PS3 comes out at.

With linux running on it its already looking fairly good at playing the various video formats
ssj_kakarot
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you could just purchase windows xp from the special shop
Dom
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there are plenty of HTPC (google htpc software, absolute loads) frontends, especially for linux (mythTV probably the best) and a few goodens for windows (xLobby, Meedio).

Personally i would go with mythTV, it's free, supports a pretty big range of hardware and it's fairly easy to install, especially for complete newbies (tried it myself, never touched linux, managed to get it working within an hour or so).

Otherwise, go down the route of using windows, i've tried both and the windows route is exactly the same just slower.

Also, if you're going to build the HTPC system yourself, then make sure you don't skimp on the hardware...get decent TV cards and plenty of storage etc.
Worth reading some of the HTPC forums that are about - avsforum, htpcnews.com etc


 
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