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First HTPC Setup on a budget


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Hi there,

I'm new but have been browsing on here for some time. I finally decided to register as I need some help.

I have just bought one of these:


Its the Acer Aspire L3600

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E2140, 1.6 GHz
  • 1-MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB
  • Intel G31 + ICH7-DH Chipset Motherboard
  • 1-GB DDR2 667 MHz PC4200 SDRAM, expandable up to 4.0 GB in 2 DIMM slots
  • 160-GB Serial-ATA Hard Disk Drive, 7200 rpm
  • 16X DVD Supermulti Double Layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer Drive
Now I know this might no be the most powerful system in the world but I bought it second hand as my budget for this project is very small.

Currently I have an iMac in my room running Plex with all my movies and tv shows on my iMac.

What I want to do:

- Stream content from my iMac
- Rip DVD's to the HTPC
- Watch and Record TV
- Upscale STD DVD Rips to 720p
- Upscale freeview??

Unfortunately the model I have bought does not have the built in TV tuner so I could do with something cheap that plugs into a USB.

What sort of software shoild I be looking at, It would be nice if everything could integrate with Media Center as I need it to be easy to use for the other people in the house. :rolleyes:

Any input you can give me will be greatly appreciated! :)
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