Originally Posted by Mfusick
$300 is probably more realistic- and would overall give better performance.
Your cutting major corners to hit $200.
I shop. I know.
Originally Posted by Murilo
What corners exactly? If the people on xbmc say there E-350 can do 1080p easily, then i have accomplished my goal.
Ya I'm still wondering what performance is being lost by being limited to a $200 budget. I recently built a E-350 based build for my parents and so far I have not hit any major limitations:
$60 + 7% tax AR - Gigabyte E-350N-USB3 (Newegg)
$20 + 7% tax AR - 4GB Corsair 1333mhz DDR3 (Newegg)
$32.99 - Antec ISK-300 w/ 150W PSU (Amazon)
$35 + 7% tax AR - A-DATA 32GB SSD (Newegg)
$18 - Samsung SN-208BB Slim SATA Internal CD/DVD Burner (eBay)
$165-175 after tax, rebates and cashback
This is an HTPC. It has a sole purpose of running a frontend (MediaPortal) and playing back media. I don't know what you guys are planning to do with your builds but unless you have a lot of 1080i content to deal, what I have here is perfectly fine. For the most part it is used mainly for 1080p playback from a NAS (unRaid).
Hell I could have even cut it down more if I wanted to. Ditch the SSD and go with a small HDD... slim drive isn't really necessary since they don't do discs anymore. Cheaper enclosure with PSU (corsair 430 for $15?).