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Old 09-15-2009, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what will make a good multimedia pc with a $700 budget?
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The biggest issue with a media pc is storage. You can probably get a decent AMD with on board video and 1-2tb of storage with that budget.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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so i really wouldnt need any high tech components right?
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Just something that is HDCP compliant and can play back 1080p and Blu-Ray.

I'd get a cheap AMD CPU and any board that has a 780g or 785g board. (the IGP HD 3200 is really solid).
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$700 will easily get you a good HTPC build. Vernong hit it right on. Ironically the most expensive component in HTPC builds is the case. You could be $400 right off the bat for a nice case. If you look at the specs in my sig you'll see what I built. It has been a really solid machine and I'm very pleased with it. The 790gx is a great chipset and the HD 3300 is plenty for 1080 playback. I can even play some games on lower settings...more than that would require discrete graphics.
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Here's a list of components that will suite your needs:


Case - LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
Processor - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Motherboard - MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory - G.SKILL (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
Power supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified
Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache
Optical drive - LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVDR DVD Burner - Retail


Thought I'd throw in a blu-ray player for some HD goodness.

This basic list of parts boils down to $528.83
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Heh, thats why i didnt suggest any board, i couldnt remember which amd board had the right video card. For another 70 or so you can get the LG drive that plays HD-dvd and burns BD.
Newegg.com - LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 6X Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L - Blu-Ray Burners
Although it looks like they might have finally sold out of them. I have that drive in my media pc and so far its been great (after i figured out why it wouldnt work).
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