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    Budget Media Centre Build

    Ewo all,

    Figured I'd ask for some advice as I can't seem to get my head round it.
    I'm looking to build a media centre mainly for watching stored media,
    My budget is around £200.

    Anyone have any suggestions where to start?

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    I guess it depends on what you've already got.

    I built one recently and I found that getting a nice case took a hefty chunk of my money.

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    The amd route would be the cheapest either an 8200/8300 or a 780/790g board.
    A 45w processor would be best for a htpc because of heat issues etc... Thats about 100 quid gone. Couple of gigs of ram is about &#163;20 so that about 80 quid left for a case, psu and hdd. If you already got a hdd then 100 quid for a case and psu isn't too bad. Antec have some nice htpc cases. as do silverstone for around that price.

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    This is what I would get:

    AMD Athlon X2 245 ~ &#163;49

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-A...MHz-65W-Retail

    2GB PC2-6400 RAM ~ &#163;22

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    Asus M3N78-VM ~ &#163;49

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-RAID-uATX-VGA

    Has DVI,HDMI and VGA outputs.



    Samsung F1 320gb ~ &#163;34

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    DVD writer ~ &#163;17

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Sony-...ightscribe-OEM

    Antec Minuet 350 case with 350w PSU ~ &#163;80

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141001

    The total comes to around &#163;250.

    Alternatively another build you could do is a system based around the following barebones:

    MiniX AM2 Mini-ITX Barebone with 150w PSU and 780G motherboard ~ &#163;125

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167427#

    The final option is to go for an Asrock Ion 330 for around &#163;232:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asroc...320GB-HDD-HDMI


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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    I would actually second the Asrock Ion 330 thinking about it, if it is purely just for playing back media then that is probably the best solution for the money... you would just need an external drive for your media (unless you have it on a server, nas etc)

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Might come across stupid, but yeah.. no, it probably will.
    I take it the Asus M3N78-VM doesn't need a seperate graphics card?
    Just that it has a cross next to on-board graphics, confused me :x

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Zap View Post
    Might come across stupid, but yeah.. no, it probably will.
    I take it the Asus M3N78-VM doesn't need a seperate graphics card?
    Just that it has a cross next to on-board graphics, confused me :x
    That's just a scan error

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    I recently bought that board and it seems pretty good... onboard can handle high def stuff, not going to be the greatest at deinterlacing as you get the best deinterlacing from a 4550/9500gt kind of card but it looks pretty good to me

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Would the X2 250 be worth the extra few quid over the X2 245?

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Zap View Post
    Would the X2 250 be worth the extra few quid over the X2 245?
    Nah,for a media centre the X2 245 had plenty of processing power available.


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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    I'm watching the thread with interest as I've been tempted so many times but never pulled the trigger.

    I'm currently using a first gen xbox with XBMC as the OS and I love it, but it's just not a PC. XBMC works with Linux if you don't have an OS budget - no one's mentioned the OS yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    I'm watching the thread with interest as I've been tempted so many times but never pulled the trigger.

    I'm currently using a first gen xbox with XBMC as the OS and I love it, but it's just not a PC. XBMC works with Linux if you don't have an OS budget - no one's mentioned the OS yet

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Well it's my birthday today so my budget's just gone up a bit

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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Thanks Format :3

    I've got a copy of "Vista Business 32bit", would that be sufficient for the system Cat outlined?
    I'm really not up to date on these things.. though I've just read that 32bit should be ok?

    Oh and which system is likely to be faster, the diy or the ION 330?
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    Re: Budget Media Centre Build

    Yeah 32 bit should be fine for that since you are using less than 4GB RAM.
    The Athlon X2 245 would be faster than the ION system.

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