Originally Posted by technikal
$500 will get you an 15.6" laptop with a 500gb drive, 4gb ram, a ~2.0ghz intel i3 mobile processor, and a dvd rw drive. For a desktop, that same price point will get you a 3.0ghz or faster desktop i5 processor, which will be noticeably faster doing things like video transcoding, a 1.0 terabyte drive (or more), 8gb of ram and room to expand. So, buying a desktop, you can spend the same and get more performance, or spend less and get the same performance, as a laptop.
With a laptop, you're paying a premium for the screen, battery and compact size. For a dedicated HTPC, those things don't matter. You'll never use the battery as you'll always be plugged in. You'll never use the screen as you'll be attached to your tv, and the compact size won't matter if you're sticking on the shelf with your receiver.
Interesting concept , i must say
OK , my turn
What brand name mother boards are in those systems ? Crap , flaky , no name has been my experience. How bout the ram ? How bout the restrictive case with the no flowing loud cheap fans ? Poor cabling . Rarely any type of effort toward sound proofing . Proprietary case shapes (curves and other oddities) can force you to have to buy THERE add on hardware. Which is over priced . Extended warranties are over priced and full of loop holes.
Now onto the software :
Tell me what software that comes on those systems that u actually wanted / use ? Everyone give a big hoooo raah for Norton Anti - virus
All the lovely splash screens and crap advertising that you spend hours trying to remove . What drivers are they using ? Windows drivers ? Not good ! How was Windows set up ? Custom install ? Nope . What firmware is being used on devices ? Since you have cheap no name hardware there proly will be no web site to even get updates. Is the bios customizable ? No, not usually .
Some of this stuff can be fixed (removed , maybe ) and reworked after hours , maybe day's . Still end up with a screwed up registry and at best a hacked up system in the end full of needed dog and pony tricks to get it to do what you need .
In the end , time = $ . Now how cheap is that pre built system ... really ?
What self gratification did you get from not building you own system ? None
To "each his own " .... I suppose . Just my thoughts