Cheap media centre pc.

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  1. Daz_Longy

    Daz_Longy
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    Thinking about building a small PC for my sammy TV.

    Want it to view digital broadcasts - pause live TV, Record TV shows, access music and photo's as well as viewing video files.

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    Intel D865GSA Motherboard i865G LGA775 P4/Celeron 5.1 Audio micro ATX
    £29.10

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    In Win BT553 Black micro ATX desktop/tower case 240W PSU +audio
    £27.95
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    Sony 16x DVD ROM Black OEM
    £11.25
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    Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 MediaCenter TV and FM Tuner with Hardware MPEG2 encoder Composite & S-video capture certified for MCE Single oem
    £33.60
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    OCZ Value Pro 512Mb DDR2 PC5400 memory 667Mhz +Copper Heatspreader
    £14.00
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    Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8GHz 800FSB LGA775 2MB cache Retail inc.Fan (3yr Manufacturers Warranty)
    £65.40

    Total: £213.03

    I have a old 160gig HD lying about i could use aswell.

    I'm either gonna install MCE on it (or vista) or go linux route with Media centre on it for free.

    thoughts?

    (source microdirect.co.uk)
     
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    Best VFM budget MB for me ATN is the Foxconn brand. Try to avoid PCchips ECS, Asrock.

    InWin case are well build but have a look at the PSU. InWin original used to good PSUs, re-badge FSP powerman etc. If PSU seems tiny avoid.

    OCZ value ram? Now value ram with ram heat sink always a no no for me. The sinks may be covering up some crap failed RAM and may only work better with the extra cooling. Big name budget with no RAM heatsinks for me.

    That's is about it without being too picky. Good luck.
     

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