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New to HTPC - Looking for recommendation please?


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I am an expat living in Qatar. TV over here sucks (apart from the Football) and I am worried by using my PS3 (2nd one) as my main media centre it is going to over heat and I will have the YLOD issue again.

So, I am looking for a HTPC. It will be used to play movies from an external hard drive, but I also want to use it to operate a Sling Box that I will have connected to Sky back in the UK.

Additionally, I will be using a VPN so will access iPlayer / etc. I don't need it for gaming, nor as a Blu Ray player.

I have a Denon 1909 amp and a 42" Plasma.

Due to my location, building one isn't practical so I want an out of the box system. Briefly looking on the forum, the ASUS eee Box and ACER Revo look like contenders.

My budget would be around 200-300 quid, so I was just after peoples experiences and recommendations?

Thanks in advance.



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Would anyone recommend Apple TV (Version 1) instead of the Revo??

I can pick one up locally for 200 quid so am just wondering??

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