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    Cheap media center PC

    What is the cheapest capable media centre you could build?

    My parents are bugging me for something to replace the VHS and i feel this could be better than a dvd HDD recorder (cause thay we would have to get a lovely sony one )
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    you could get away with a P3 machine if you have hardware encoding.

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    I'm running a Barton 2500, 512mb PC3200, 128mb FX5200 (will upgrade soon) as my HTPC, runs very nicely indeed.

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    Based on extensive experience with both MCE 2005 and MythTV I'd say "Don't do it yet".

    MCE 2007 will be the one to watch, until then I honestly don't think the software is there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDVS
    Based on extensive experience with both MCE 2005 and MythTV I'd say "Don't do it yet".

    MCE 2007 will be the one to watch, until then I honestly don't think the software is there yet.
    QFT.

    It's getting there. Expect teething problems though. Remember you'll need a decent TV tuner, and a DX9 graphics card, as well as a media centre remote and wireless keyboard mouse.

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