Originally Posted by goober_nut
I don't have an OS...well I have a copy of Windows 7 Upgrade, but that won't really work without an existing version of Windows.
Also, I plan to build, unless buying would be a better option.
well the purists here would suggest otherwise, but if you feel overwhlemed, and you never built before, i always suggest buying your first htpc so that you get a machine that works. just leave your self some upgrade room.
your money will go farther if you build, especially if you already own the OS, if you dont then sometime buying a prebuilt is comparable.
if you have a $500-700 budget you can get a very solid prebuilt that will do everything you could want an htpc to do.
i can give some recommendations for prebuilts (check out the dell 580 slim), but if you want to build, you'll need a dual core or better processor, get a ati 5450 video card , 2g or ram will be enough (unless you want a 64bit OS, then go 4) pick a case with a quiet power supply and add any other devices like extra hdds, tuner cards, etc.
its not that bad or overwhleming when you break it down, the problem is finding the best bang for your buck when buying different components.