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Will any of the Black Friday desktops work as a starting point for an HTPC? I'm looking for something that can run the HD Home Run Prime and has Windows 7.
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Will any of the Black Friday desktops work as a starting point for an HTPC? I'm looking for something that can run the HD Home Run Prime and has Windows 7.

Plenty of i3 desktops out there using intel integrated graphics. You'll still have to do some tweeking and add some software/applications for HD audio over HDMI but doable. These desktops aren't really about the quiet though so be prepared to change some fans. There's a Gateway i3 with BD driver refurbished at Tiger Direct.
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Looks like the HP Pavilion P6-2026 at Staples is a poor HTPC candidate, sadly.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=5180010#N1310

Specs like i3-2120, 8GB RAM, etc sound promising, but the motherboard hobbles it. H61 chipset, instead of H67 or Z68. No HDMI output. No Toslink/optical audio out. By the time you add in a video card, you're probably spending more than if you'd built yourself (even factoring in the cost of the OS).
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What about the Acer AX1430 from Office Depot. Has HDMI out already. Are the rest of the specs too low to just use it for HTPC functions only? 4GB RAM with an AMD E-450.

Best Buy has an eMachines PC with HDMI out also but for $10 less it seems the specs are quite a bit worse.
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